Lately I’ve felt a bit torn. I feel like there are a couple unique aspects about Nose Graze (when it comes to coding/design), and I like to hang onto those. Surely it’s natural to treasure some of the unique features or snippets I’ve created?
But then, someone contacts me and wants to hire me for a project. But the thing they want done is something that’s on my blog. They basically say:
I’d like to hire you to recreate the thing you have on your blog for my blog.
There have been a few very specific features (that I don’t really want to name, for fear of calling people out and making them feel bad) that have been requested over and over again. People see them, they like them, and that’s AWESOME! But they want them for themselves. And I really struggle with this.
On the one hand, I’d LOVE to be able to complete whatever project the client wants! I want them to have exactly what they want or what they imagine.
But on the flip side, some of those features are my babies. I don’t see them on other blogs except mine. So sometimes giving them away (even if I’m paid to do it) feels like I’m giving away pieces of my originality.
I get torn between priding myself on having unique features, and wanting to give people the features they love and want. Sometimes I’m not sure what the right thing to do is, and I always feel really awkward about replying with something like:
Sorry, but that’s kind of a unique feature on my site and I don’t really want to replicate it.