I’m in serious need of an office

Without trying to make this sound like an excuse, I've been noticing lately that I am in serious need of a home office. Currently my desk is in our loft. Also in the loft are my Son and Daughter's Computer desks. That's a total of 4 computers (I have 2) plus 3 people in the loft most of the time. When the kids go to bed at 9, that's when I can usually sit down and get a bunch of work done. But, my wife, a light sleeper if ever there was one, is usually sleeping down the hall at this point. So, the idea of creating video blog posts or recording a podcast are typically out the window.

We have a guestroom downstairs. Currently it's being occupied by my brother-in-law and his wife as they are waiting for escrow to close on their new house. Don't get me wrong, they have been absolutely NO trouble at all. But, as soon as they go, I'm taking over that room pronto. We've been without it's services for the past couple months while they've been staying in there, so I don't see how me taking it over full time can be that big a deal. Plus, it will give me a place to store all my camera equipment. I could set up a mini-recording studio and hopefully I can use it to produce the weekly podcast show I've been pondering for way to long now.

By this time next month if I have not posted at least 1 podcast and/or 1 video blog post, please proceed to give me a ton of crap for it. Thanks.

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  1. Jason on November 27, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    I'm with ya. I totally need an office too. The laptop is great, but sometimes I just need to have all my shit in one place.But I think I figured out a couple ideas for shooting some quick videos: change the setting often and frequent. I plan on shooting some vids while walking around the office, in the car, at the beach, coffee shops, etc. I'll just carry my cam around with me and shoot wherever I am. Not only will it actually get the video done (instead of waiting for the perfect opportunity, which is a flaw of mine), but it will also mix it up for viewers.Only thing I'm trying to figure out is if I should have lead in music, titles, etc. We'll discuss over IM sometime but I think the easier and quicker it is to get a vid up, the more productive we'll be.

  2. John Hawkins on November 27, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Yeah, I hear ya. So many times I will put off doing something because the settings aren't quite right. I think it would be better to work on creating the content quickly and conveniently and then work on getting better at doing it in less than perfect conditions. It's better than waiting for the "perfect" opportunity/setup…

  3. Stressless Phil on March 7, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    We had a guest room that was used by my grandmother. The biggest issue was that when I had work to do or just wanted to mess around with different new apps, I didn't have that room to use so I wouldn't be bugging my wife staying up late on stuff. So I totally know where you're coming from. I've considered adding a futon to our home office area / family room in case we had a guest over and I needed to crash. I guess I could work less out of home but we all have things we're trying to get done right? Workaholic? I hope I'm not. 😉