Typing With My Thumbs . . .

July 27th, 2009 |


I started out working with troubled children and families running residential facilities and crisis management teams. I have been a professional writer and spent ten years creating and managing social media. If that makes no sense to you, think how I feel. Want to know more? MarcScribe.com

I am writing on a local train from New Brunswick, New Jersey headed for Newark where I can take a light-rail subway and a bus to get home. I am using an Internet appliance. Uh, it is likely that this post will be remarkably brief. I hate typing with my thumbs, but I have already missed my deadline and, as I always say “The rules are your friends and anyone who offends your friends should be beaten senseless.”

I have been on the road with my freelance writing business for the past three days and, to be honest, I am getting a little too long in the tooth for this lifestyle. I qualify as a senior and get a good price on train tickets, but this running around the state makes me tired and I occasionally have one of those moments where I run into someone who says “Hello, Marc”, but I cannot recognize them. My strategy is to return their greeting warmly and hope that they will give me a hint of who the hell they are.

But that is not what I wanted to tell you. I had a very funny experience on the train I took to get to New Brunswick. I was sitting next to this young guy, more or less college age. He kept asking me what I was doing. I was using my Internet appliance to respond to a wiseguy comment on my business blog, write a new business blog post, make a phone call using the new Google Voice and send three text messages to people I work with. He kept looking over my shoulder and asking me what I was doing.

I finally asked him why he was asking. “You are older than my parents,” he said, “They do not do any of those things.”

Thanks a lot, kid.

I have to say that one of the most irritating problems I have doing business with my clients, is that he is right. I cannot use the various online collaboration tools I have at my disposal to communicate with them. I have set up my Skype account so that I can use it both as a portable business telephone number and for virtual meetings and file sharing. The problem is that it is a bit difficult to collaborate if you are the only one there. I am not sure what can be done about this, Any suggestions?

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