I found a blog today on WP which I found extremely interesting. I didn't find it interesting for its content, because it was basically a log of someone's snacking habits, but I did like what she did for a living.
She was an editorial assistant and writer, working from home.
She occasionally had to go into the office, I'm sure, but she did most of her work from home. She had time to get up, work out, blog like heck, and write. She did her work. She lives in New York, and because she's an editorial assistant, the hardest thing I've had to do in a long time was click away from her blog. I wanted so bad to blogroll it, put it in the "Writer's Resources" listing I have in my sidebar, leave her a comment and ask her to check out my work ... I wanted to so bad.
In the end, I just ... clicked away. I found someone online that has my dream job, that could have provided me (maybe, not that she could or would, but maybe) with a contact in the industry I'm trying desperately to get into (i.e., give me a short path to fame, fortune and laziness), or at least might have pointed me to someone she knows that could/would. Instead, I clicked away, because, in part, I felt it was not my place to try and leverage that; she doesn't know me from Adam, and probably knows him better; her blog wasn't about writing and the industry or the craft; and I wouldn't like it if someone tried to leverage me without knowing me. I clicked away.
Immediately, I regretted it. I went as fast and my mouse would go back to the Dashboard where I'd seen the entry in the first place. I frantically searched for her blog again, struggling to remember what it was called ...
Nothing. Gone. Poof. I blew it.
I don't regret too much not bugging her, but I do regret not at least dropping a quick note to someone that does what I want to do, who has found a way to make a living writing from home. I'd love to do it, and if she by chance finds this blog somehow (fat chance of that), then ... feel free to drop me a line. Say hey. Tell me how you did it. Tell me what I could do to do it too.
Regrets ... I has dem.