Those that know me know that I spend a lot of time online each day. My “real” job is a Network Applications Specialist (Fancy name, eh?) at a major university. This means I have to be glued to my computer all day to do my job.
Besides that, I run my own photography business; I create photo greetings cards; I do web design; I blog; and I have my whole social networking life going on. Because of the money-making part of it, I spend a fair amount of time on the computer when away from work, too. There is never enough time to get it all done! I need time to edit photos, tweak web pages, market my business, and of course write my Type-A Mom articles. I often get asked “How do you do it all? Managing work, home business, and two sets of twins?” My answer is usually “I have no idea.” or “I usually don’t!” But I try!
The key is to always have a to do list. I always have a number of things on my list. Some items are more pressing than others. And it feels really good when even just one thing gets checked off the list. But the problem seems to be that every time one thing gets checked off, 2-3 more get added! Oh well, that’s what happens right? I think I would feel really strange if I had a blank to do list. And that would mean that I was not making any money! And that I still have an issue with saying no! I need to work on that.
I love keeping busy. I am the Type(-A) of person that has to have a purpose, has to feel useful, and has to be doing… SOMETHING! And I don’t like relying on others to get things done for me!
I blame my mother for my computer addiction. She started me in classes at around 9 years old at the Museum of Science and Industry. That was back when your programs were saved on what looked like an audiotape! We programmed in Basic and wrote great programs to do things like display a huge flashing robot on the screen. She also purchased a Commodore 64 for home so that I could beef up my wonderful new programming skills. Wow, I think I still have my training manuals from that class somewhere. Later, when she went to her own computer class at a city college, she did not have a babysitter, and so she took me to class with her! I don’t recall what the class was on, but she tells me that I used to raise my hand and answer questions that the grown people did not know the answer to.
I knew early on that computers were my destiny and one of my passions. I wanted to learn all aspects of them. I have programmed them, built them from scratch, repaired them, and upgraded them, but yet there is always something more to learn! I am who I am, and I don’t think I am changing any time soon. I am proud to call myself a computer geek! Be proud of your geek status, too!