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The Challenge of Telework Consulting and a New Direction for Me
During the course of blogging about telework and topics related to modern work-life issues, people who’ve recently connected with me have received the impression that I “have it made,” making a living doing what I love. This isn’t the truth, so I’m setting the record straight about my experience with, and understanding of, consulting in the area of facilitating remote work arrangements at organizations. Additionally, as I hinted about undertaking a personal YouTube content creation project in an earlier post, I’ll hereby provide readers with more information about this as I’ll be integrating it as new subject matter in this blog.
Having been a member of the Better Collaboration consulting group and having connected with other telework advocates, I’ve acquired more knowledge about more established telework consultants who have been working in this area for decades. The unfortunate truth is that clients are few and far between even for them. Naturally, professionals in this area provide consulting services on other matters or perform other work to make a living. As such, towards the end of 2014, Better Collaboration went on to expand and focus on other services in accordance with members’ expertise while I, too, decided to branch out and explore my other interests. I’ll turn now to a couple of questions that some of you may be asking.
- Do I regret devoting time and energy to an endeavor that hadn’t borne fruit? Nope! I’m of the mind that it’s better to try something and fail than to not try at all or, alternatively, be dissuaded from trying by naysayers trying to protect you from failure. As I’ve learned a lot from this experience, I’d say that I’ve gained something instead.
- What does this mean for the focus this blog? My intention is to continue being involved in projects like the Flipside Workspace user experience research and featuring the same subject matter. However, I’ll also be integrating some seemingly unrelated content – but it’s really related as I’ll explain.
Those who follow this blog closely know that I value individual freedom and autonomy as I’m frequently going on about online tools and media facilitating working from anywhere. Naturally, I’m exploring other ways of opening up opportunities that offer more freedom. So one of my current projects is exploring the process of generating opportunities through YouTube content creation.
As many know, YouTube has become known as a potential vehicle for those wishing to self-promote, open up professional opportunities, and generate passive income – however meager this may be (through advertisements, partnership with YouTube, and voluntary contributions from fans via sites such as Patreon). Of course there’s nothing easy about the process. It helps to be talented, work hard, produce high quality content frequently, and generate rapport with your audience. Then, there’s also an element of luck when it comes to getting noticed.
In a few months or so, I’ll begin exploring the process of starting and maintaining a YouTube channel as well as the challenge of opening up any opportunities from running a YouTube channel. So, for anyone who’s wondering about the reality of all this, consider my journey a case study. To begin with, I can already attest to content-related decision-making and preparation being arduous.
Decisions to make and prep work for the channel:
Content-wise, I’ve chosen to go with an activity I have a strong background in: piano. I’ve studied classical formally from about the age of 5 to about 16 and have played, leisurely, for somewhere over 20 years total (on and off). During the last few years of formal lessons, I received the honor of studying with a Master Teacher (thanks D.H.!) who’s accredited with turning out several world-class concert pianists (though, obviously, I’m not one of them, ha!).
Another reason why I figured this is a smart decision is because I would, at least, have fun even if I received nothing else out of this. I’ll play some classical (Bach and Chopin) but intend to focus on video game (expect some Final Fantasy Piano Opera pieces as arranged by Hiroyuki Nakayama at the outset), anime, and popular music of various genres.
As far as preparation goes, it’s taken me a few months to see if I can get my fingers moving sufficiently (after a 3-year hiatus) before announcing my intentions. I’d also count coming up with proper equipment for recording high-quality video and audio (as well as a digital piano in my case) as preparation work since I’ve been undergoing the process of saving towards my big purchase.
The following information is geared towards those interested in piano and beginner to intermediate level pianists:
What I’ll also be offering through my YouTube channel is a demonstration of how a small-handed pianist problem-solves with regard to playing large chords. Those of you familiar with piano probably know some common solutions: (1) playing 2 adjacent white keys with one finger in order to free up your hand to stretch and cover the rest of the chord or (2) if the timing in the music and distance between your hands permit, reaching over with the opposite finger(s) to help the hand playing the chord.
There are also solutions I’ve come up with on my own with regard to playing adjacent black and white keys with one finger (as a variation of #1 above) and playing adjacent black keys with a finger or palm despite the gap between the keys. Finally, there’s the well-known solution of “rolling” the keys of the chord (usually the option of last resort for me since I like playing all keys at the same time if possible). Here’s a great demonstration of that:
Thanks to all who’ve been following this blog. I hope that I’ll be able to breathe new life into this blog with added variety.