Are We Really Just Ronin?


From Wikipedia (edited for length): A ronin was a samuri with no lord or master during the feudal period (1185–1868) of Japan. A samurai became masterless from the ruin or fall of his master, or after the loss of his master’s favor or privilege. The word ronin literally means “drifting person”. Ronin were the epitome of self-determination; they were independent men who dictated their own path in life, answering only to themselves and making decisions as they saw fit.

Are we really just Ronin?

OK…perhaps I’m reaching a bit and being a bit dramatic, but in our jobs as freelance writers we really do not have a “lord and master” as most people do in terms of a “boss” or “supervisor”. We are on our own. We drift from assignment to assingment; and often from subject to subject…from place to place…

This idea hits home a bit harder than it might otherwise, since both Joe Wallace and I lived in Japan for several years. As a matter of fact–it is where we met. But more on that later…

Sometimes, as we wander through this freelance writing game, we can feel almost as though we are warriors. We fight for our independence. We fight for good rates of pay. We fight to stay on top of the latest ideas and spin them around as though we were strategizing. It can be an exciting–if somewhat lonely life.

That said, we are hoping that you find a home here at A place where you can connect with other like-minded writers and find some good information. A place to speak your mind and share your thoughts.

There will be no seppuku here however…let’s not take things quite that far…the metaphor will begin to lose its charm.

Stay tuned…speak up…hang out. We’re glad you are here.

One thought on “Are We Really Just Ronin?”

  1. What’s interesting about the ronin analogy is that ronin were both despised and respected at the same time, depending on how they carried themselves. It’s the same with freelancers—sometimes people close to us wonder when we’re going to get a “real” job, while others admire the guts it takes to leave the land of the cubicles and survive by our wits.

    At least we aren’t ninja–a truly despised warrior class viewed as having no honor whatsoever, or even worse, the Eta—if memory serves, they were vagabond people considered true outcasts who sometimes lived communally and had few (if any) possessions.

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