Will Work For Praise

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I realized, when I was working on the new version of this site, that I wanted to have a listing of categories for the posts here.  Which was a great idea, but we hadn’t been using categories.  So that meant I was going to have to not only come up with the categories that would describe all of our posts, but I was going to have to go back and tag every single post in the archive with the right category. I just now finished.

“Gosh, Montoure,” you might be saying, “wasn’t that kind of tedious?” I’m glad you asked, imaginary voice inside my head, and the answer is — VERY.  But it’s done now! Yaaay!

So what motivates me to do it?  Why do I put this kind of work into the site?

Well, aside from the fact that Ralph Fontaine and Glynis Mitchell can become cranky and unmanageable if I let things here slide for too long, there’s the flip-side of that — they say such lovely things when they like what I’ve done.

Over on Twitter, Ralph said:

And later:

Over on Facebook, Glynis simply called it, “Beautiful.”

Let me contrast this with another project I worked on, once upon a time. I’m not going to name any names here, but it was another website that I worked on for free, this time as a favor for someone else rather than for one of my own projects.

In all the time I worked on it, I don’t remember the person I worked for saying “please” or “thank you” even once. That’s probably an exaggeration, but that’s the way it feels looking back on it. I do remember that whenever I asked for feedback on something new I made for the site, I’d get criticism and requests for changes, but not so much as a “nice job!”

As you might guess, when the opportunity came along to do more free work for this person after the first website was done, I politely suggested they find someone else.

My CAUSALITY partners, on the other hand, not only give me warm praise, they do it in public. Who would you rather work for?

Posted by   @   June 1, 2012 1 comments

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Jun 1, 2012
6:26 pm
#1 Glynis Mitchell :


Well, we needed a site worthy of all of us, right? You do such a great job.

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