I don’t mean that kind of intimate, you filthy perv. Unless you think questions about freelance work are sexy. Then yes, my hour as a speaker at Indigo Editing’s Brown Bag series was totally hot.
A few months ago, my friends Kristin and Ali (founder of Indigo) asked if I would be available to answer questions about the freelance life, and I said sure. It helped that Ali mentioned that I was requested by someone. She never said who the requester was, but she doesn’t know my mom, so it couldn’t have been her.
I wore a fantastic new dress and got to Indigo’s offices plenty early. There were only a few of us, thus the intimate part, in the conference room. I declined the use of the white board, not knowing what I’d write (my name, like a substitute teacher?). Ali started the questions off, and the other ladies who came to listen to my wit and wisdom chimed in as they thought of things to ask.
The questions were great. We talked about how my goals have changed over the past five or so years, what it’s like being a woman in a niche dominated by men, how much multimedia work I’m asked to do for assignments, and how I feel about online content aggregators. (I think they pay to little for a writer’s talent in finding subjects, crafting sentences, and editing and fact-checking their own work.)
I like doing these kinds of Q&As for two reasons. One, I get to realize how much I really do know about my career and where the holes in my knowledge need to be filled. Two, the Qs almost never flow only one way. I got to find out a bit about business writing, which I’ve never done.
Oh, and reason three — any excuse to wear a great new dress.