In the last year, I’ve started appearing on video a lot more often…though not in the way you might think. I’m getting a growing number of requests from clients and creative partners to replace phone conversations with videoconferences.
I’ve also noticed that it’s causing insidious changes in the way I work from home. For example, I’m finding that I’m less likely to skip shaving in the morning. I’ve become more careful about how I dress, how I arrange my office, and how often I clean my desk (or at least push clutter off-camera). Just this week I rearranged my desk so that my computer camera now faces a bookcase instead of a sunny window that I had to close whenever someone came calling on video.
I’ll be frank: as a recovering introvert, there are times when I resent people looking into my world this way. Didn’t I become a freelance creative so that I could have more control over my work environment?
Am I alone in this?
Tom Tumbusch is a freelance copywriter specializing in Green businesses and the creative agencies that serve them. Check out his new, more authentic identity at www.wordstreamcopy.com.