I’m a content writer, which simply means that I write stuff for websites. I write blog posts and articles, but to tell the truth, I’m not even sure that there’s much of a difference between those two terms, as most articles for websites are basically just blog posts. They’re short and sweet – unlike long, in-depth magazine articles that take days or even weeks to write.
There’s no traveling involved.
No heavy research or expertise needed in most cases.
Little or no fact-checking required.
Ninety percent of the articles I write for clients can be written in an hour or less, and some of them can be written in only 15-20 minutes.
As such, these lite articles/blog posts don’t pay very well. I typically make just $5-$10 per article. That sounds unfathomable to writers who make $100-$1,000 per article, but then I doubt that they write their articles in 20 minutes. They also tend to have to do a lot more work beside writing to command those rates. There are other differences too, like the ones I’ll discuss in this post about who should write for content mills.
Anyway…point is, I’m a writer.
But I’m feeling some tension or frustration that is always present, keeping my productivity at low levels. Most of the time that I’m supposed to be writing, I’m actually just sitting at my desk, feeling frustrated and doing nothing.
In fact, I have a lot in common with this brand new laptop I’m writing this blog post on right now.
I Bought a New Netbook (Mini-Laptop Computer)
I bought a $200 Lenovo Ideapad 120s netbook yesterday, and it basically sucks ass.
I mean, it’s much better than having no laptop at all, but it’s slow. It only has 2GB RAM, so it doesn’t have a lot of power. This causes it to lag. It’s just terribly slow. Sometimes it freezes up and just sits there for several minutes, stuck in limbo. If I open more than one tab on my browser while Microsoft Word is open, my computer practically has a heart attack.
And it’s brand new, right out of the box. At first, I thought something was wrong with it. But no, turns out it’s just a cheap, low-quality POS laptop.
Like most other laptops, it tends to have a bunch of software programs running “in the background.”
For instance, it has anti-virus software from McAfee going sometimes. It also has Microsoft OneDrive, which is annoying. I need to learn how to turn these things off. Or better – delete them.
Anyway, these programs suck up processing power and take up hard drive space, which slows everything down. This makes it hard to do the work I need to do, like research topics on the Internet while writing articles for clients. It’s very difficult to be productive on this thing.
And I can’t think of a better metaphor for my life over the past 20 years or so, especially the way my life is right now.
Running in the Background…
It’s like there’s a bunch of other crap programs running in the background of my mind, making it extremely difficult for me to focus on the task at hand and be productive for long stretches of time. I feel like my brain is trying to run multiple software programs simultaneously, and there’s just not enough processing power to do any of them justice.
I need to focus and write those damn articles.
But I also need to get my house repaired after the neighbor’s sink overflowed for 2-3 hours straight a couple weeks ago, flooding our bedroom, bathroom, closet and hallway. But I also need to get the mold in our walls removed before it takes over and makes my family sick and ruins our whole condo and everything in it. But I also need to spend time with my son and get his homeschooling work back on track. But I also need to wash that sinkload of dishes over there. But I also need to hit the gym before I die of fatassness. But I also need to fix the shower faucet so we can wash our butts.
But I also…
But I also…
Not only that, but some of these “programs” seem to actually conflict with each other, which throws everything off balance even more.
Okay, maybe this is where the analogy breaks down.
I just need to make some changes, fast.
So Where Am I Going with This?
I don’t know.
It’s 3:31am, and I just needed to ramble. It’s my blog, so I can do that.
I already feel a little better, even though I didn’t solve anything.
Maybe I’ll go back to bed now.
UPDATE: Okay, so over the past couple of days I’ve figured out some ways to speed up this little netbook, so maybe I’ll do a post on that pretty soon, Looks like I’m going to keep it instead of returning it to Best Buy.