Ever wonder how your employer or editor sees you? As someone who speaks up against people who take advantage of freelancers, I know many of the frustrations we face. I also know there are times when you shouldn’t speak up. Sometimes your network or client needs you to react with patience and understanding. If you’re constantly complaining because you didn’t receive your daily stats on time or riling up the other bloggers because you’re angry over server outages, you might be seen as a chronic malcontent. This may not bode well in your favor later.
Do Something Else
One of the frustrations of being a blogger for hire is how you’re at the mercy of your clients’ technical issues. Rather than complaining in a public forum or the network-wide mailing list, contact your editor directly. Tell her in a calm, rational manner why you’re upset and ask when things will return to normal. Then find something else to do. Post ahead using an offline editor, visit other blogs in your niche, go for a walk or do some research. Make productive use of your downtime.
Something is Being Done
When you find yourself experiencing downtime, understand you’re not the only one who is frustrated. The support team might have to deal with dozens, sometimes even hundreds of blogs and bloggers, and trust me, they’re handling it. The last thing they want is for the network to come to a standstill. Voicing your frustrations in public will only make them upset. Be helpful, not hurtful and you’ll be remembered in a better light later.
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