They get a little caught up in the idea that you're working from home, free as a bird, playing around on your computer - it seems to them like your profession is just a joke really, how could anyone make money from a website or a blog and 'playing around on the internet'.
I don't know what it matters to me, but I want to explain to people that there is a lot more to it than that and it really is a very difficult skill to master and the industry is constantly changing yadda yadda yadda.
My question is, do you bother explaining what you do to people outside the IM industry or do you just give a vague description and leave it at that?
It's not like my previous corporate life where I had a title and a role and it was easily explained, I find that the world of IM is a little unknown and people out of IM really don't know that much about it.
I don't mind that people think I just swan around drinking coffee all day and tinkering around online but at the same time this is a serious business I am in and it is my job and I do want it to be taken seriously as it is a massive industry with heaps of potential.
Either way, do you explain what you do and how you do it or do you keep it all fairly vague?