When Everything Else Is Just Cruft

I’ve always preferred a minimalist approach to life. If a program can be written in 500 lines, then it should. Does this make me a stingy person? No, it doesn’t. I see myself as a pragmatic person. Bring me in to solve a problem… one specific problem. Everything else is either unrelated or should be tackled differently.

Believe it or not, being pragmatic is very profitable. I’m always referred to when there’s a problem to be solved. However, those who are closest to me soon understand that I’m not a fixer but a coach; I don’t solve your problem, I teach you how to solve that specific problem so you won’t do it again.

I charge a lot for my services because undoing a problem is not as exciting as creating them in the first place. Nevertheless, it is an important business process. Without learning how to undo a problem and also avoid causing them in the future clients are doomed to repeating them ad infinitum.

This is another reason why I charge a flat fee. I don’t believe in charging by the hour or some other periodical calculations. Should it matter if I could show you how your problem happened in 10 minutes or 10 hours? I don’t think so. The important thing is that the objective in hiring me is met.

I should be taking the same approach with my blogging. I’m pretty sure that I overuse words a lot in my posts. Let’s see if I can improve in this area.

What about you? Are you a wordy person when it comes to your blogging?