What do you do?


What’s your name? What do you do?

These are the two questions that most of us hear over and over again. It’s hard not to give  a list of actions in answer sometimes–I write, I hike, I climb, I sing, I eat…but what they really want to know, usually, is what you do for a living, as in for money. We all gotta’ work, and some of us hate our jobs, barely hanging on by a thread. Some of us are indifferent, just doing what we need to do to get by. And then there are the select few it seems, who really love their job, and wouldn’t want to be stuck doing anything else.

This is a blog dedicated to people who feel all different ways about their work. Each post is told from the worker’s point of view, verbatim. Anything in italics has been added by me, in order to include the setting, or sometimes to make it clear what we were talking about if the worker’s quote is unclear.

I got the idea for this blog after reading Working by Studs Terkel, and feeling like I have so much to say about the world of work, I wanted to hear how people of our generation feel about working. Because this is a blog, many interviews have been shortened (I tried to stick to 1,000 words each, but some go over that goal out of my inability to delete important things that I feel need to be heard). Whether you are here out of fascination, curiosity, or for validation, I hope you enjoy these words from remarkable people who were willing to share what they do.

Artemis Savory

September 2017

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