Five years ago I left all conventional forms of employment to become what has been so pretentiously coined a "digital nomad".
I didn't know this was what it was called at the time, I really just wanted to be able to work in my pyjamas or from an airport or on the beach...I really wanted the worst kind of work life balance there is (a terrible blurred line of office and leisure time) and one I vehemently stand by to this day.
After not looking very hard and reverting to the complancey I had developed over the years, some incredible bout of kismet intervened and I managed to stumble into a job as a data entry officer with a medium sized business that was wanting to trial a remote office set up in the town I was living in at the time. After three weeks of in-office training I was released back into the wild with a few new skills and the ability to set my laptop up on cafe tables and actually have something productive to do on it rather than just hoping people would think I was a Very Creative and Important Writer and not just A Sad Person On The Periphery of Society But Who Can Afford a Laptop.
The work is engaging, the managers are the right amount of professional and easy going and my office is portable. I have even learned to carry around a pamphlet of all my FAQ's so when the inevitable, "But don't you get bored working alone?" "But don't you miss the social aspect of work?" "But don't you get confused between where work ends and home begins?" "But don't you miss having -somewhere to go- everyday?" I can just whip it out of my pocket, hand it to the interviewer and turn on my heel.
Okay, I don't really have a pamphlet, but that is the kind of person I would love to be when I grow up.
It has been five of the best and most interesting years of my life so far - from working from hospital beds and in a broken down car on the side of the road, to figuring out how to juggle work and travel, to navigating the dubious nature of reliable WiFi - all the while creating the right ratio of time to earnings to best maximise my value and my enjoyment of life.
Now, I would like to keep a record of these experiences, partly as a way to reach out to a growing number of similar remote workers, partly as a way to flex my sorely out of practice creative writing muscles and partly because I am excited to be utilising Literatus - built on the BSV Blockchain, a movement I feel passionate about supporting.