IT’S HERE!

Here it is, kids! The all new Writer66 site!

It just opened today, so right now you’ll see some of the latest posts from Freelancer R, but I’m hoping this weekend you’ll have some new stuff to read! This of course means that we will need to say goodbye to our friend Freelancer R here. Don’t worry – I’ll let you change your bookmarks and things before I take it down, but make sure you’re putting the new site on your list of stuff to read.

I’ve got new posts for you, as well as brand spankin’ new theme! In the upcoming weeks and month, you’ll also be seeing a change to SPANTENNA, but you shouldn’t need to change the link for that. You WILL however see a pretty new theme! We like new stuff, right!?

So, head over to Writer66, let me know what you think. Play around with it, use it, hug it, love it, all that good stuff.

 

Freelancer R to Become Writer R

Hey kids!

So as mentioned last month, I’ve been thinking about redoing our Freelancer R blog to something different and that decision is now a go.

For all you followers out there, I am planning on moving this site, as well as SPANTENNA to a new server, with a new name, and…AND a brand new design! Huh? Doesn’t that sound awesome!?

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A New Freelancer R?

Hey Internet! So…I have been thinking.

Yes, yes, smoke, sweat, and all that stuff, but in all honesty, I have been thinking. And the thinking is about our little blog here.

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How Not to be…Motorola

Using our wayback machine, let’s go back to a time – the before times – when I introduced this new series called “How Not to be…” It was, basically, little rants about companies who were doing silly things that did nothing to appeal to their consumer or even business base and that was sad. I haven’t done one of these in a while, but this past weekend stated that there are still companies out there who…because reasons.

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Hello Moto!

So last weekend, I discovered that my Note 2 stopped working. And by that, I mean it was no longer taking calls or text messages. Now, while I appreciate it knowing when I don’t want to be bothered, it should be taking phone calls from me when I call it. But alas it did not. Read the rest of this entry

Our Windows 10 Stewie Sammie

In the last post, it’s been six months since I installed Windows 10 and it’s been so far so good. But it’s not great. And here’s why. Read the rest of this entry

Six Months in with Windows 10

As January comes to an end, I realized that I have now spent 6 months with the new Windows 10 on three machines now and so far…it’s not been bad. If you’ll remember before the end of the year, I had officially installed Windows 10 after having issues with the tech version and then the official summer release, to the point, I had to push it off from my desktop for several months.

And now six months have gone by. What do I think? Let’s start us a Stewie sandwich! Read the rest of this entry

Help Me Readers! You’re My Only Hope!

Have you guys seen Star Wars yet?

And why the heck not??

No, I’m not gonna talk about Star Wars…well, at least not the movie. I am gonna talk about one of the video games and fan fiction and I’m gonna tie it all back to “why you should always have a backup for your stuff”! Just watch –

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How Do YOU Work?

Over at Lifehacker – the best site for interesting things – they have a series of articles that talk about how people work. Not what they do, but how they do it. For some reason, it got me wondering how many of you freelancing readers out there are working your freelancing. Every person is different when it comes to their working style and freelancing is no different, however with freelancing, you can basically work whenever and wherever you want.

Okay, there is that difference.

But if you’re new to freelancing, how should you be working?

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The Ups and Downs of Windows 10

As of yesterday, it has been one month since Windows 10 became the official new release of the Windows operating systems and I have now spent that month having it on both my laptop and my desktop. You’ll remember the previous entries detailed the good and bad of trying to actually install Windows 10 and now that I have, what exactly do I think? Well, I’ll tell you, but first a disclaimer –

As you are a freelancing crowd, I’m sure you’ve already done your homework about Windows 10. This is totally not a review of Windows 10, but a little opinion piece that can hopefully add to the reviews you’ve been reading. With that said, I will say that I’ll be saying things in contradictory form against some of these reviews, so you know – research before you decide to make the plunge!

Let’s make our favorite Stewie Sandwich on this, shall we?

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I Demand This

So over at Nerdy Life of Mine, my buddy Jason had a post about Star Trek. Okay, he actually does many posts about Star Trek, but that’s why his site is called Nerdy Life of Mine, yeah?

Anyway, in making a comment, I happened to mention this video a friend of mine showed me years ago. If you’re a fan (read – shipper) of Riker and Troi, then the very idea of a sitcom with the two of them needs to be realized.

I said it then and I say it again now.

Do. Want!

What House of Cards Can Teach You in Life

A few weeks ago, my roommate and I finally finished off the third season of the Netflix original House of Cards, which returned at the end of February. Sadness, is of course all I can feel, with only the happiness that obviously there is a fourth season coming next year that may or may not answer the burning questions we now have. Read the rest of this entry

Best Gifts for a Freelancer – Cyber Monday 2014

Hey there, kids!

So you remember last year when I started that “best gifts” series for the freelancer in your life? The one that I never finished? Well, just in time for the next holiday, here we go! I have never been a fan of Black Friday, though I’m always down for some Cyber Monday goodness. Black Friday has always held a horrible disposition in my mind – people literally lined up at 10pm, rushing out of Thanksgiving in order to stand in line to be the first to get something that’s on sale, etc.

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Tech Writer Thoughts – Joining the STC

I know, it’s been a hella long time since I posted and that’s kinda sad.

If you remember, I’ve been on the quest to become a technical writer, which started all the way back in June. Since then, I’ve been trying to jump into the career, while maintaining a full time job schedule; which, btw, I hate job searching in case you’re wondering. I hate it with every fiber of my being, if that’s even possible. (In this case, yes it is).

society for technical communication

society for technical communication

So I’ve gone the usual job search route, until I heard about the STC. What, you may ask, is the STC? It stands for the Society of Technical Communication, a group for…well, technical communicators. In my case, technical writers. A networking group if you will dedicated to bringing those of us together, in the realm of technical communication. The normal year membership is like $150, which…what? $150! Good lord, that’s a lot of money! Hence why I wasn’t jumping at the chance to join, but I did sign up to get more info and luckily, a sales price went up, so I decided to give it a try. Read the rest of this entry

Summertime Blues or The Time Gina Went Looking for an Internship

Bueno, loyal readers!

Well, it’s official – I am thirty-five years and twelve days old today. I know, right? If you remember my last post, my birthday was just looming ahead and with that, I decided I would do the grown up thing and pick a career and a career I did pick – technical writing/communication. It’s perfect really – I of course love writing, as you know, and I’m a big geek when it comes to technology and I have of course done my fair share of articles and reviews within the technology sphere.

The downside to this is of course that full-time job I have. It also works, as it’s in technical support (which can help with tech writing), but it’s summer and that means getting less hours and less monies. You all know I loves me some monies, so losing hours is kinda not cool, but as you freelancers will know, you can’t just stop when one project stops – you keep going and in this post my friends, I’m gonna talk to you about internships. If anyone of you have ever watched a television show or movie, you’ve probably seen the lowly intern – the poor guy or gal who goes out fetching coffee for the office, makes copies, runs errands, etc. Basically the idea of an internship is not appealing, right? Read the rest of this entry

The Path to a Career…Or, I’m Turning 35, What Do I Do Now??

Bueno, good readers!

As some of you may or may not know, my birthday is coming up next and it’s the monumental big 3-5. The quintessential middle-aged number, the halfway point to forty and I’m turning it. While I’m not particularly happy about it, a much more pressing issue has begun to crop up as I start the countdown.

My career.

You see, I don’t have one and as I’m about to approach the age where I should have that, married, kids, the whole nine yards, I have of course begun to think about that it is I wanna be when I grow up. And the answer is… Read the rest of this entry

How Not to Be…A Technology Victim

Some crazy stuff happened this month in the tech world, crazy stuff. First, after nearly 7 years of threatening, Microsoft managed to actually stop support of Windows XP and there was of course much rejoicing – for those of us that have stopped using XP about seven years ago; next came the horrible, terrible, no good HeartBleed bug came about and put the Internet in a tizzy, as users – personal and professional alike – rushed to make sure their info and logins hadn’t been hacked. And just today, everyone’s favorite browser Internet Explorer showed that it still has room for even more vulnerabilities than we had originally thought. 

If you remember from way back when, I had this little series going on how we freelancers can learn not to be like those crazy companies we work for or use, so once again readers, I bring you another How Not To Be! This isn’t just aimed at my freelancing brethren, but to anyone who owns any type of electronic or technical device. Read the rest of this entry

When in Doubt, Network!

So thanks to the economy and those pesky things called bills, last year I went looking for a full-time job and got one doing tech support towards the end of the month. Oh, I still have my occasional freelancing gigs, but it’s all about paying the rent and getting out of debt, you know. One of the good things about coming back to the workforce, especially when phone tech support, is that you meet a lot of new and interesting people.

I’m sure I’m not the only person who has or is doing some office work and freelancing on the side, so you’ve probably encountered folks who may have been interested in what other things you do – this can certainly be family and friends, but I’m talking about co-workers and yes, even clients. Working tech support for an ISP, I of course speak to a lot of different people, every minute, of every hour, of every day that I’m working; many are just regular folks having issues, but once in a while I speak to folks that are doing what I am – freelancing/work at home/small business – and I basically make a new friend. Read the rest of this entry

In A Galaxy…Near You…Came a Phone!

People of my blog!

Okay, first – I’m sorry. I am, really. You know how real life gets me and I have to do that and then come back here, but more on that later. Important, awesome news, which actually does relate to that series I started back in December. So, if you’ll remember, I was doing a list of some of the best gifts you should consider when thinking about your freelancer. Well, as of this post, let’s just consider this the start of our phone and app section, yes? Read the rest of this entry

How to Deal with a Clingy Client

Hello good reader! Welcome back to another session here at the FRR. So this blog is obviously about my life as a freelancer and all the crazy things that entails and there have been crazy things, let me tell you. I’ve done a few different things for different companies and clients and the learning process of dealing with people on a remote/telecommuting level versus an office level is certainly different.

Most of the folks that I’ve worked for have been awesome, offering feedback on projects I’ve done and so forth, but I have to say that I’ve encountered something I never have before – the clingy client. Read the rest of this entry

The Trouble with Creatives

As my portfolio proudly states, I am a creative. Obviously, if you haven’t noticed the amount of writing I’ve seem to have done throughout forever and time. As many of us creatives know, there comes a time in which our own sense of unique talent gets in the way and is in direct conflict with our sense of enjoyment. Case in point…

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The Portfolio Experience

 

English: WordPress Logo

English: WordPress Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the last post I started to tell you how I created a portfolio in WordPress and came to the conclusion that I write too much. Obviously, I’m a writer, that’s what I do, but when creating this portfolio I realize just how much I had written and for how many people.

The Writer’s Dilemma

So I made little thumbnails for the articles I wanted to showcase and decided that because most of them are in article format anyway, I’d make it easier and go by topic, like technology or video games. You guys, one never knows how much stuff they have done until they look back upon it. That actually sounds profound, doesn’t it? Read the rest of this entry

Should I Get a Portfolio? SUMMER EDITION

In my last post, I asked the question that I’m sure many writers ask themselves – should I get a portfolio? Portfolios are

 

English: The logo of the blogging software Wor...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

a great visual way to show potential clients what you’ve done in your particular line of work; and with that said, most portfolio designs are geared towards that of the photographer or the designer, usually not the writer. Read the rest of this entry