@garli I agree, I think it's a language issue, which is not necessarily correlated with race or class. I live in a very Welsh-speaking part of Wales (but am not Welsh myself), and in certain places I definitely get a different reception if I go in with a Welsh friend speaking Welsh. Not at all unfriendly if I'm speaking English, but not quite the same level of familiarity.
I buy cheap clothes, but also wear them for years and years until they fall apart. This is absolutely the only area of my life where I make sensible money decisions.
@Lily Hudson@facebook Personally I was hoping this piece would have more discussion of this important freelancing issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGg1567fzTY
On RIP Malls
@readyornot 'I have direction.' 'Yeah, towards the mall.'
'Elson also recommends not hanging up on a telemarketer or being rude to the person on the phone because they’ll simply put you back into the system to be called again later' It depends on the kind of telemarketer though. If it's cold calls, they probably don't have any control over the list- the phone dials the next one for them automatically, or they're working through it in order on paper. And I can't imagine anyone bothering to re-add someone out of spite. I think hanging up is definitely the best thing to do. It always baffled me when people would start yelling at me to go away. Um, do you know how a phone works? You can make that happen!
I've been depressing myself this week reading stories online about people failing their vivas and dying poor in ditches, so this was uplifting. Thanks! (Although then I realised that I am not even a good waitress, so, I'm probably still fucked.)
@HelloTheFuture Thanks, that's really helpful! (Can't think how all my googling missed something called 'Write.com'... doh).
This was really interesting, thanks! Can I ask, how did you get started? I do a bit of (not super legit) paid writing and was looking to get more into the content stuff, but from just browsing around it's hard to know which of the sites that are willing to take inexperienced people are any good or will actually pay.
I really liked the Gould piece, and this chat (the piece about her buying clothes was the first thing I ever read on the Billfold). I think she's being a bit hard on herself- she lived on the money for a while, it didn't come again, she got a job. Could have managed it a bit better, but I don't think she 'blew' it. (Aside: Christ, just read that Hairpin Amy Butcher article, the comments section is the nastiest thing I've ever seen. What a load of horrible people.)
'A week ago, I was at the planetarium, and as they were leaving I sold like 50 boxes. That's when I realized what sells a lot of these- the munchies. After that, I started hitting the NYU dorms around midnight. They call me "Cookie Duuuude".'