In what I'm hoping is the end to my recent long line of technology issues, I'm changing my ISP. Phone service should switch tomorrow with no problem. But there might be a several day gap between that and when the new company actually gets my modem kit to me to hook up the Internet connection. Why that would happen in this day and age (and when I gave them around a week's notice between ordering and scheduling installation -- much longer than they wanted), is beyond me.
So yeah... I might not be active here much this week as far as approving and responding to comments goes. And I won't be tweeting as regularly as usual during the work week. Bear with me.
These things happen. And when they happen, they can dramatically affect our work. I mean, sure, I can still write without an Internet connection. But I can't pull up new research material online or pull links from a client's site to embed in their blog posts. And I can't schedule those blog posts in their WordPress installations. And I can't easily get email for client feedback and such -- at least not as frequently as they're used to.
That will likely prove to be frustrating. I don't work well in public places, so I won't pull my laptop out at a cafe or something unless I absolutely have to. And shooting off emails and putting posts online doesn't equal "have to" in my book. I can run over to someone else's place each day (or more likely every other day) just to touch base with clients about their projects and send anything completed. It's a hassle. But a necessary one. And I probably only think of it as such a hassle because I've come to take technology for granted in my work. I just expect it to be there. And (for whatever reason) I just expect it to work.
I'm curious. How reliant are you on the Web for your freelance writing work? If you lost access for a few days, what would your backup plan be? Would your clients (like mine) be understanding or do they expect you to be there online, on-call during all of your working hours (and boy do I hope not). Maybe now is a good time to create a backup plan for yourself in case you suddenly lost access to vital technology -- portable backups of client files, a backup location for Internet access if you don't have one yet, etc. Hey, it's just a thought.