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Hallway

That pile of crap would drive you nuts right? I know it will drive me nuts. It has sat on the other side of the drawers up the end of the hallway for years. The 2 owl boxes and odds and ends of motorcycle parts.

The problem is, the hallway is long, and goes nowhere except under the stairs. Thats a few metres past the drawers that you can fill with crap and never see, look at and deal with.

Thats a problem. We put stuff in there and it just sits, from now until evermore. That does not sit well with my minimalist values. So I dragged some of it out, dumped it near my desk where I have to look at it and I know its going to drive me mental looking at that mess until I either sort it, tidy it or Ebay it.

Now theres a life metaphor. It’s easy to ignore things we cannot see isn’t it? Family, friends, health issues, that squeak at the back of the car or a leaky tap.

If like me, you lean to the OCD side of cleaning up a mess, try putting whatever you are ignoring in front of you. Put it where you have to keep seeing it. A new tap next to your alarm clock. The mechanics card on to your dashboard. A photo of family by your desk.

*Opens Ebay app*

I miss gaming

When I was a teenager, my friends and I used to crowd around a black & white TV with dials on the front for tuning and trash talk each other while playing pong and breakout on an Atari 2600. We used to always look for games with multiplayer options. We moved on to Commodore 64’s, then Nintendo’s, Sega’s, Playstations and Xbox. It became a Saturday thing for us. Everyone would crowd around mine, have a few drinks, and bash the crap out of each other. Bloody lot cheaper than nights out in London.

The last console we actively played as a group was Sega’s Dreamcast in the 90’s. We had a few brief meets with the Nintendo Gamecube, but everyone was grown up by then. We went our separate ways.

Then came multiplayer online games. We met in those quite a bit and kept contact. Most of the guys kept playing. I drifted though. I met my missus, who is a gamer herself, and is currently beating me on games completed this year 300 – 1.

At some point I found and played Little Inferno. The first game in years I had actually played through. It’s not a long game, it looks childish, but it is oddly adult. It has themes running though out that you can’t go back, only forward. It ponders if you waste time staring at a screen (or fire) or if you had good times, and lived an enjoyable life looking at a screen. What’s more important? The meaning of the game is left ambiguous.

Recalling this game got me in a philosophical mood though. I am aware my working hours were getting longer and longer over time. I was not aware of how devastating that is on my life. I have tried to live my weekends, but week days have almost been exclusively work for 12 hours a day, and oh god that commute.

I used to enjoy gaming, socializing, reading and technology. I cannot remember the last time I read a new book cover to cover. I cannot remember the last time I followed technology news with excitement. I cannot remember the last time I went to the pub with mates. Where did my mates even go? I just lost contact with everyone over the years. I do not just miss gaming, I miss living.

Holy crap how much of a job has my job done on me?

I do need to work hard at being a freelancer, its tough going it alone. But do you know, everyone closes across the Christmas period. I do not see family across that week (I do not get on with them). So during my Christmas week, I am going to read a book, complete a game and go down the pub.

Gentleman’s Grooming Show

A couple of brands I represent will be at the Gentleman’s Grooming Show this weekend. If any of you fine people will be there as well, let me know, would be groovy to meet up with some fellow bloggers.

For a quick skivvy of mens products I have already reviewed, have a mosey through the Men’s Room on the blog. It looks considerably better now I have a consistent review format aye?

I do like to get the most out of a day. So while in East London I shall be toutin for a bit of extra business and taking as much winter photography as I can. We shall hope for no rain and by Monday, expect to see Christmas decorations and Hyde Park trees on the blog.

November Wrap & December To Do

I am a frequent To Do list creator and monthly wrap up post writer. This month and next month can quite frankly be summed up in 4 lines.

In November I quit my day job to go full time freelance.

In December I shall get healthy

In December I shall chill the feck out.

In January I shall kick some arse.

I do need to push hard to earn a wage from home, but after 17 years of doing 2-3 hours a day London commuting on a motorcycle at a job that was really dragging me down, I need to recharge.

With all that said, Monday I made a nicely polished media kit, and I am kinda raring to go. Nice chilling out there Sable. That’ll do it…

Do bloggers need Media Kits?

Do you need a media kit? Kinda depends doesn’t it?

Personally I do. I have a multitude of jobs and tasks I can do. I also approach people a lot looking for work. I need to put myself and the jobs I am capable of doing out there somehow.

There is room for improvement. Although I have 2 images at the bottom, I still like the flow. I want my services right under the ‘Hello’ section. I could do with squeezing in some reviews or brands I have worked with in there, but it is cramped as it is. Also, most people get a good gauge of me from my website.

My price list and complete job list is separate, that thing covers 6 or 7 pages. You can see why when approaching brands, I need something like this to show what I can do.

So do you need one? It depends entirely on what you are trying to achieve in work and with your blog. Do you want to reach out to brands and introduce yourself? A media kit discussing your blog and what you can do for a brand will help. On the odd occasions I get sent a media pack from a blogger asking about a brand, they immediately had my attention. Not only does a media pack make you look serious, but it also tells me most of what I want to know up front.

(Click here for 7 things I look for in bloggers looking for products for review)

On another level entirely, do you want work beyond blogging? Lord knows I do! I love blogging, I love the community and I love reading blogs. But good grief the pay for blogging is awful. 99.99999% of people cannot make a living from blogging alone.

So do you offer other services other than blog posts? If you do, you might also want to make yourself a media kit with a rough list of services you offer on.

If you cannot think of a reason to give anyone a media kit, you don’t need one. Not everyone blogs for the same reason. If you blog as a diary for example, I imagine you would be wasting your time making a media kit.

Something to think about for a lot of you though I am sure. The above media kit was made in Libre Office Word, using an old CV template, with my own images added.

Download my media kit as an example.

Download Link to Sables Media Kit