Why I want to blog (a freelancer’s point of view)…

My name is Shannon Thomas and I make my living as a freelance graphic designer. Because I have no office to jet off to in the morning I spend most of my time alone in my basement studio. Sounds a bit drab, but I actually love it. I love how I can blast my folky tunes or turn on a favourite radio show, and work away on projects to endless cups of tea. I get totally lost in my work so it doesn’t necessarily upset me that I don’t have other people surrounding me each day.

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I certainly do not work solo. I am in communication with different people everyday about the various projects I am currently working on. That being said, they are not in my direct vicinity. We’re on the phone or working through “the cloud.” So when I have those thoughts that one would usually share to a fellow employee beside them, there’s no one beside me (except my alien rock that I’ve named Angus). I find I miss being able to have that dialogue with co-workers. Dialogue with people who are in my field and get excited about the same things I do, such as figuring out a new illustrator short cut that will totally change your life. When I have a problem I need to solve, whether that be technical or communication wise, I usually turn to Google or my beautiful design books, but I’d rather solve problems with another human being.

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My friend Bryan (from Kobot Web Design) wrote a post that became the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. I never thought I would ever blog as I am constantly trying to absorb everything everyone else is saying. What would I ever have to share right? My favourite part of the post reads:

Why post something that everyone already knows?
Because not everyone does. Whatever you are pursuing, or whatever you are looking to learn more about, there is someone else who is not as far along on that journey. What might be trite or useless to you is something that will help another person move closer to their own goals.”

Here’s the full post: http://kobot.ca/blog/your-blog-post-is-boring/

I think I’ll keep things mostly design related on here but I won’t promise anything. We’ll see how it goes. I’m new at this and I’m excited about this. I will not be trying to make a living through blogging. Its purpose is to serve as an online platform for me to release my thoughts. I think this is very important or I might go crazy in my basement you guys! If dialogue regarding design/communication solutions, technical problems, inspiraton and/or whatever else makes people happy and whole between other freelancers started to arise on here, I would be thrilled. 

xo Shan