I woke up this morning fully intending to get my photographer’s site launched.

It’s 6:40 pm and it’s still not live. So what happened?

Got up late. Had breakfast, discussed some logos I’m working on with my husband (one of my best critics) and turned on the computer. Turned on Tweetdeck, checked the mail. Not a lot of mail (a good thing) and not a lot happening on Twitter.

Looked again at the Twitter background I’d made last night. I didn’t like it anymore. So of course… I started working on a new one.

At 11:30 am I realized I was supposed to be at my client’s at 1:00 for our prelaunch meeting.

Set up the production folder for him – dumped in the contract and web design worksheet, added in some beginning blogging tips, created the access & logins page (I do this for every client) and made a dump of his WordPress database.

Opened up Illustrator and made the prints for my Jewelbox cases. Printed, perfed, one misprint – did that one over.

Burned two CD’s (one for me, one for the client) containing all the production docs and website files. Then I discovered it was set to ISO rather than Joliet and all the files had been capitalized and renamed.

Burned two more CD’s. Filed one, snugged the other with its label into the Jewelbox. Got all my stuff together.

I was late – I warned him I would be, and he was fine with that. Sat there for almost two hours going over the docs and files, WordPress training, and getting some professional and much appreciated waterfowl photography tips (one of the benefits of doing photography websites). Left.

Had a phone call with a colleage that lasted about 25 minutes, discussing a project we are going to be collaborating on.

Went to get lunch – by then it was 3:45. Fish tacos at Rubio’s.

Got home at 4:45. Fed the dogs. Sat down and finished my Twitter background, loaded it up. Sent out two invoices to other clients, answered emails, got my list of stuff to do tomorrow all organized in PlanPlus. Now I’m writing in my blog and it’s 6:50.

My plan tomorrow – first thing I get that photography site up. Really.

Clients. You can’t live with ’em, you can’t kill ’em, as one of my esteemed design colleagues is fond of saying.

My SEO partner called me a while ago and told me she got an email this morning from a company whose website launched 10 months ago (and is doing very nicely in Google search results).

The company has a brand new business manager. She introduced herself in the email and explained that she wasn’t there when the site was designed, and now that she’s looked it over she doesn’t like it at all. They want a refund.