I have been working for ChinaTravel.net for a couple months now and I am beginning to develop a sense of loyalty to the place. I began working here primarily because I felt I needed a stable income to take care of my stinky-ass son and his mama. Of course I could have kept going the way I was and we would have made it all good, but this job presented me with a full-time writing job with a decent salary in, Shanghai, a city that I had been curious about anyway.
So I took it. I realized a long time ago that I am not cubicle-oriented and I hate corporate culture and all that. In the US I would have been fired a long time ago, but here I deal mostly with expats who feel more or less the same way I do about 9-5s in general and Ctrip in particular. So there were a few days (and still are) when I wanted to pull the pin on this grenade I have chillin here underneath my desk and there are other days when I think to myself, I should get some plants and a nice calender for this little colorless cube I work in. Maybe I should buy a water heater and bring my tea pot in to work so i can get my chill on during the day.
And when I peep Google Analytics and see how our efforts to make the blog here someplace I would like to read actually paying off (consistent 1k per day visits since last Friday) then I feel pretty good about things and I start coming up with ways that I can help out and make the site tighter, cooler, more fun and generally something I want to be a part of.
We’ll see how long I stick around. Depends on a lot of factors. But so far I am pretty pleased and you might catch me reppin this place soon. For now, you can check out some of the stories I wrote for China Travel so far on my Non-fiction page.