It’s December 1st, which means that I have been freelancing full-time for 11 years, can you believe it?! Normally I celebrate with a day pass at the nicest coworking space I can find and break bread (well, cupcakes) and sometimes bubbly with strangers, but it’s still a pandemic! Instead, today, I enjoyed Wicked Good Cupcakes at home and tweeted out 11 pieces of unsolicited advice I’ve gleaned in my freelance journey. I wanted to post those here, too.
7. I was lucky in that I didn’t get this pushed on me until after I’d already been freelancing for a while, but you don’t have to pretend to be neutral or hide details of who you are or default to the lived, white, cis, male, American experience that’s considered “objective.” Fairness and accuracy are important. Pretending that something abhorrent or factually inaccurate deserves equal consideration is not. And I don’t think responding to bad faith accusations of bias by doubling down on blandness and feigned neutrality is the solution.