My daily readings 09/18/2010
Tumblr Leaves Posterous in the Dust <span class="“> – Annotated
One of the more interesting startup battles in recent times has been Tumblr
, two light blogging services
that make it easy for anyone to publish ‘found’ things very quickly and at the click of a button. Tumblr was the first kid on the block, but over the past year Posterous has tried to take users away from Tumblr with arguably better features and aggressive marketing. Of particular note was a campaign by Posterous in June
, offering tools for people to import their content from other products
(including Tumblr) into Posterous.
The main factors in Tumblr’s growth have been its first mover advantage (particularly important in an entirely new market segment, which this was when Tumblr started), celebrities and big media companies
using Tumblr sites, and Tumblr’s ability to socialize its service better than Posterous.
Want To Be A Freelancer? Just Punch Yourself In The Face, Instead <span class="“> – Annotated
And once I do
“arrive” at work, my own particular flavor (flava
) of freelancing lets me write about vampires and werewolves and murder and mayhem, and I am allowed to poke the rampaging bear of PC gaming
, or write a mini-movie about a future energy crisis
, and so on and so forth. Further, so far I’ve worked with great clients and awesome writers to birth such stuff into the world.
Sounds great not to have to put in an eight-hour day, until you realize that just as nobody is forcing you to “clock in,” nobody is letting you “clock out.” The work is the work. Everything is deadline. Go until you stop and then find more to do (or starve). Yes, you can put your back into it. You can model the day with a little discipline and wake up at 5:30 and start writing before most people get to their jobs, and you can allot a certain segment of every day to write. And that works for the most part. But when you need the work and you need the money, you do what you need to do, and if that means drifting far from the expected “9-to-5,” then by golly, that’s just what you’re going to do. Oh, also? No vacations. A vacation day is a day you’re making zero money. It makes vacations feel… guilty, somehow. A nagging feeling of laziness and unproductivity pervades.
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