Friday, July 03, 2015

Happy 4th of July!!!

I'm on vacation until Wednesday, but my blogs will continue to post as scheduled. 

Just wanted to stop in and say...

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

IWSG: Some Will, Some Won’t, So What?

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means hundreds of us will be posting about our insecurities. Add your name to the list to join in!

There are people who love my writing. There are people who don’t.

A few months ago, I received this glowing email from a client: “You are hands-down the best writer (with the quickest turnaround), I've found in over 2 years of outsourcing.

A week later, I received a nasty critique from a new client who apparently liked everything else she’d ever read but my work. Guess which one made the most lasting impact? 

There’s an old saying my husband taught me. (He works in sales.)

Some will love our work. Some won’t. We have to face that. One person’s dislike of our work doesn’t mean anything, even if that person is an editor or agent. Because it’s all a matter of personal taste.

So the next time you get a rejection or scathing review, remember these words: "Some will, some won't, so what?" And go find someone who will

What are you insecure about this month?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Cool Things are Happening…Just Not Where You Live

I live 30 minutes outside of Nashville. Nashville is known as the home of country music.

But we also have a thriving downtown area...

A national TV show set in our city...

And a population of more than 650,000.

Yet none of that is enough.

My job is writing about the latest cool things happening in tech. Things like InstaCart, which has everyday people delivering groceries from local stores to your door for a small fee.

And TaskRabbit, which allows local people to charge to do chores for you, such as hanging your blinds or picking up your dry cleaning.

Every day, it seems some new service debuts that lets you order things using your phone. Those things are provided by locals. They all sound so exciting, until you research it.

They start in California, because that's where they're almost always founded.

After they finish testing it out around where they live, entrepreneurs head to the obvious cities: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., etc. Nashville's never, ever on the list. Nor is Atlanta. Nor, I'm guessing is your town.

Most people don't live in big cities. They live in the suburbs surrounding a big city or further out, in the country. That means for the majority of us, even services like Uber and Lyft aren't an option.

Do you ever get frustrated that cool services aren't available where you live?