My stats continue to boggle my mind. In the month of February I completed around 100 articles which totaled roughly 100,000 words. I did that and still took the odd day off. For much of the month I had an average of ten jobs in the queue per day and would finish four or five only to have four or five more come in and fill in those spots. It told me I was doing something right.
I also saw business from even more exotic places on the planet. I now have clients in 40 different countries adding ones in Egypt, South Africa and Philippines to the ever-growing list. I also saw a couple of jobs come to an end. One marketing firm I had been writing for lowered the rate they were paying around Christmas and earlier this month said my services were no longer required.
I easily replaced that with addition jobs coming in from a different source. Also, another marketing firm I had been writing for shifting web content to a different source so I lost many of those articles retaining just one client. These things happen and I have been able to fill that gap as well. And an 11-month long association with an Aussie client ended in the month as well.
One thing I have learned in the time I have been ghostwriting is that it is never a bad thing to have client changes. I always keep the door open and part on good terms because you just never know if one may suddenly reappear. The number of new clients I have picked up during the month has certainly kept me busy dealing with many new topics and subjects to write about.
February was an odd month for Brenda and I with our many vending opportunities. We continued to go to our ‘second home’ at the Oliver Indoor Flea Market and had a full schedule for the month but weather kicked a hole in it. One weekend we had to completely cancel as over six inches of snow had fallen overnight. It was apparently a quiet weekend there anyway.
We also vended locally mid-month at the Princeton Legion. Brenda’s new venture Sparkle By Bee was a hit as she had five heads that she added hair silks to. JamBusters! sales were also very strong for the vending date. The last weekend in February was a two day vending weekend for us in Oliver and both JamBusters! and Watkins products sold very well making it worthwhile.
I found myself MCing the annual Princeton Rotary Club Winefest mid-month. It was an event I had committed to several months ago and could not do last year due to a scheduling conflict. The evening was nothing short of spectacular. The Rotarians took good care of me (I am a former member and a Paul Harris Fellow) and I’m sure I’m going to be asked to do it next year.
The Princeton Posse webcasts came to an end in February. The beginning of the month saw just one home game as the team finished their regular season on the road. The end of the month gave me two more webcasts as the team made it to the first round of playoffs. This season marks the completion of my 8th season as the online play-by-play announcer, which I have enjoyed.
Then there are the additional volunteer things I’ve been doing including Princeton Museum, Granite Creek and Princeton Chamber of Commerce meetings. Plus, as I announced January 1st my intention to run in the local municipal election, I have been attending Town Council meetings. It’s been an active month for me and I’m not all that surprised that it is just about over.