It’s been a while since I posted last, I have a few things written up to post about, but to be honest – I’m just not in the mood right now.
I’ve just finished a 3 month project for a client that was really rather stressful and ultimately not much fun at all. Which was a shame as it had all the hallmarks of something that could have been glorious. For the first time in my career, I said no when the contract extension date came up, and have been much happier since.
It’s weird, but sometimes you need a not-much-fun project to remind you how lucky a lot of us in digital are – often working with great people, on exciting projects, delivering superb results. It’s so much fun, it often doesn’t feel like work; more an extension of a hobby or passion already present. But then once in a while something pops up that is just not really what you expected: people don’t deliver on time, what they deliver is really below par, what started off as a great idea becomes a wobbly mess from lack of planning and correct staffing.
It’s a good reminder that ideas are really easy, the magic lies in their development and details. I’ve been so lucky working with the people I have in the past, I sometimes think that’s normal when actually I’ve just been very fortunate to work with mind-blowing brilliant people.
Still, I’m now doing some work for the Guardian next week, and then I’m on holiday for a bit. After that I’ve got an exciting project which will hopefully have budget clearance to go, and then I’m guessing you won’t be able to shut me up!