November 2, 2008 - Categories: weekly
This week was half travel, half catching up. I flew to Tel Aviv for a customer workshop at which I facilitated a session about mobile social networking. When I got back, I worked on my Drupal-based project, ironing out a few bugs and playing defect tennis. I processed lots of requests quickly. I was going to do the paperwork for the Schengen visa so that I could help with another customer workshop in Brussels. I was nervous about the time and I didn't want to cancel my participation at the last minute, as I know from first-hand experience that it can be pretty difficult for people taking up the sudden slack. So I recommended a number of people in Europe to the workshop organizers, and I hope they find a good fit. During this mad two-week stint of travel, I realized a couple of things:
- Consulting is a scary thing. ;) You're always wondering if the client will feel that you've provided enough value. Programming or making things seems a little more clear-cut in that respect.
- I love connecting the dots, and I seem to have passed some threshold that makes the network effects scale well. Because people know I like connecting the dots, they tell me about what they can offer and what they're looking for.
- A few days of working at home helps me settle down and relax after unusual stints of overtime. Otherwise, things feel pretty raw.