In July this year I started what was probably my dream job. The job I’d been trying to figure out how to land since I learned about the company—at least four to five years. I was ecstatic. More than a couple of times I’d have to remind myself that I was now working for Litmus. Holy shit!
It’s humbling to work for a company that’s so well-respected in the industry. What we write is quoted and cited by other resources. People in the industry take what we write on our blog seriously and trust that what we’ve communicated is 100% factual. That’s one hell of a responsibility to have to bear. And we bear it well. If we ever make a mistake, or are wrong on something, I like to think we’re pretty quick and open to saying, “Hey, we made a mistake, but this is the correct thing.”
Last week I attended my first work related conference, at the fairly ripe age of 30. After working from home, remotely for a year, I was a little bit worried if I could hack it. Not only was I attending, but I’d be speaking on a panel, with three other email marketers.
The nerves set in pretty quickly. In fact they actually set in way before I knew I was going. When I was asked if I’d like to speak and I foolishly said yes. I began thinking if I should backtrack on my decision.
Well, I didn’t. A fact made obvious by the fact that I’ve already said I attended said conference. And I spoke. A few words. And it was all okay. You could even say I learnt a few things about myself and this conference going malarkey.
As well as it being over a year since moving to Bahrain, it’s also been over a year since I began working remotely from home. I just have to take that in myself a little bit. It’s been over a year since I’ve had to have any sort of daily commute or work in an office environment. Unless you count the commute from the kitchen to my study. All 5 steps. The other day I said to A, I’m not sure whether I could go back to working in an office environment.
Working remotely, from home or wherever you choose, definitely isn’t for everyone. I slipped into the working from home routine pretty easily. I did learn a few things on the way.
Took a break from all things Photoshop today. Designer’s block is just that way of telling me that I need a break from one thing and shake things up a little bit.
So instead, I spent the day looking into a bunch of different hosted eCommerce solutions for one of my little projects I’m working on. My brain is frazzled. Frazzled and overloaded with all sorts of information that I didn’t know earlier this morning, but need to know now, stuffed in my brain. Feel a little like Homer Simpson – new information has pushed out some of my old information I had nicely stored in my brain.
Sometimes there’s just too much choice
This morning I was looking at maybe 3 main contenders – Volusion, Shopify and Big Commerce. By the afternoon a couple of more contenders had crept in – Magento Go and Big Cartel. Arghh!
The more I read online the more I saw positives and negatives of pretty much every single solution. For ever fantastically amazing review for one of them, there was an equally diabolical review. This does not help one make a decision!
Going in the Right Direction
Though with all the confusion, I’m glad I set aside a proper whole day to spend some time researching this. It’s nothing I’m familiar with. Though, I feel a little bit more familiar now. And that’s a step in the right direction. Maybe not a whole step. A half a step. At least it’s in the right direction.
Tomorrow, I’m stepping back into Photoshop. After a whole day away from it, I’m itching to get back into it.