05 AM | 12 Jun

Onward!

I just keep moving on, I do…   Onward, ever onward!  Killing a BUNCH of mailing lists I’ve let myself get subscribed to in the last year.  (Unsubscribing, not really killing….)   It’s kind of nice, though – my email load has gotten way way smaller.   Focusing now on the one company that I’ve joined, and making some progress.  Last week I had my first two meetings with my new traffic coach, and I should start to see some income fairly quickly…  (ever and always the optimist!).

I have spent the money to be completely positioned (Titanium and Platinum).  So when I do start making money, it should hopefully be significant.  My sweet daughter thinks I’m totally nuts, but I’m hoping (optimistically hoping!) that I can prove her wrong…   Onward, ever onward…

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I am feeling positive, and completely self-assured about this effort.  Just a little bit nuts, perhaps, but I’m OK with that…

06 PM | 18 Feb

WSUOhWell

Well I finally got an interview, and didn’t do well at all.  Too many questions went back too many years, so my answers were not 100%…   Then, waiting to hear results, I got asked to come in for a presentation.  They wanted me to give a short presentation on a recent programming effort, along with documentation thereof.

I understood this position to be responsible for server management, so I was a bit confused to hear about a programming presentation.   It has been close to 15 years since I did any mainframe programming at WSU, and I certainly don’t have any related documentation.

So I emailed WSU a friendly “no thank you” and left it at that.  I truly hope they are happy with the other candidate they talked with.

I was at least partly relieved at this conclusion.  My life is quite full being a web consultant, and I don’t feel at all bad not going back to work at WSU.  No worries, mate.  Oh well…

08 AM | 22 Jan

Identity

I was re-reading some training from 1WD.tv this week, and came across a discussion of identity.    They talked about how important is can be for a web consultant freelancer to have a readily identifiable identity on the web.

They discussed having a meme (rhymes with dream) that captures my personality and is memorable and lasting.  Hopefully most of you have seen my website, and I decided that the owls on there were significant.  So…

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Ran it by my children first, and they both said (immediately) “It’s you!”.  So it is.  Replaced my Gravatar with it, so it shows up on most websites I log in to.  Now all I need is a memorable name to go with it…

This blog has been running for over 6 years now, so “Eldergeek” seemed like an appropriate name.  Now all I need is time.  If I associate this image with every account I sign up for, then eventually people will see it and think “web consultant”.  Yup, yup, definitely me…

 

07 AM | 19 Dec

WSU3

Argh and gnash…  Well, it seems that there was just me and one other entry.  So WSU HRS, in their infinite wisdom, decided that we needed more competition, and told John they were going to leave the job open through the month of December.  So now our close date is January 4, 2015.

Based on what little I’ve heard, though, I understand that even if we still have just two entries at that point, we can move ahead regardless.  Ah bureaucracy – hurry up and wait, they say…

Strangely enough, I find myself trying hard to see the positive side of this situation.  For starters, it’s probably a good thing that at this ripe old age I still have room to grow my patience.  And for another, it’s likely easier to wait to change my income in the new year.  May have been a little complicated to explain a week’s worth of WSU income to the IRS…

So waiting a few more weeks is a good thing, right?  Right!

 

06 PM | 05 Dec

WSU2

Well they posted it.  Finally.  Last day online will be Sunday 12/7.  I turned in my application Wednesday, so all I can do now is wait patiently.  Me patient, right……

The best news is that I found a copy on my hard drive of my WSU resume from 2009.   I was good about keeping that resume current, so it goes back to my first day in January of 1987.  I would have been hard-pressed to pull all of those historical details up from the bottom of my memory…

I had to fill in an online application form, attach a copy of my resume, and a copy of my cover letter.  I probably sweat the cover letter more than anything else.  Had to pretty much write that from scratch.

So I’ve done what I can do.  I gave it my best shot.  Now I just have to wait to find out how many competitors I’m up against.  Wish me luck, k?