Saturday, January 24, 2009

Back to the WWW..Web Writing World .

I haven't written for this blog since May 2nd! If you read my May 2nd post, you will see that I went on vacation but after that vacation I went on another one to visit my parents in Portugal. So for two months, I was traveling and enjoying myself. I also found out that I was pregnant and was dealing with fatigue, nausea and all of those great first trimester symptoms. It was a hard pregnancy so most of the energy that I did have had to go into paid work. So that is my excuse for not writing here.

Fast forward to the present, I had my son in December and will soon start web writing once again on a very freelance basis. Having a toddler and newborn is two full time jobs in one already and adding in my writing business just makes it....well, crazy! I don't know how I will find the time but I am just going to ride the waves and get it done...somehow!

Over the past month, I have take some little jobs here and there trying to get into the groove of writing again. I have also been looking around to see what I can do to grow my writing business. I've found some leads but unfortunately not anything that will make me a millionaire. Apparently, I am not the only one since many of the freelance writing forums are discussing the pitiful economic situation we are all in. I guess it's a good thing I don't have tons of time to write because I may not have tons of work anyway.

Well, I guess I have rambled long enough. I am going to be better about my blog now so if you somehow found this - check back tomorrow!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Freelance Writing and Going on Vacation


As you all know, I am a freelance writer and I really do love my work. I have recently made some changes to my rates and have let some work go that I found to be a thorn in my side. I am left with projects I enjoy doing. Fine-tuning has definitely left me with a feeling of control over what I do as a freelance writer and why shouldn't it? That's what freelance work is all about. If you can't decide what you want and what you don't want, then you are really not taking advantage of the freelance part of freelance writing. I can't say that all of my writing is invigorating, but I can say that work that isn't exciting is worth much more to me and the money is motivating.

Next week, I will be very busy with work. I have a few assignments that have come in and because of illness, I haven't been able to work on them as much as I would have liked to so I wouldn't be all panicky next week. So of course, I am already setting my anxiety level up a few notches thinking of the large list of articles that must be completed. The other part of my anxiety level increase is because I am going on vacation the following week. YAY for me! I have vowed not to do any work and the only reason I am bringing my laptop is so I can do some digital scrapping that I have neglected far too long. So that means that I have to cram that week's work into next week too. YIKES! I will be a busy little mommy…because of course my toddler is also part of my workload. J

Oh well, to enjoy a vacation I guess you have to work for it. It is a shame though; you either go on vacation thinking about what you haven't accomplished or what you have to do when you get back. It's seldom you can actually let go of your obligations and just let yourself enjoy your time off. Everyone really needs a time away. I need to make a point to enjoy my vacation and not think about titles of five articles I have to write when I get back. Maybe I shouldn't bring my laptop because we all know how tempted I will be to find a WI-FI cafĂ© just to check my email ONCE….or TWICE… J Ugh, it's time to let go, even if it's just for a little while.

How do you let go when you go on vacation? Help me out!

Monday, March 31, 2008

Blogging for Yourself


My blogs always come second, no matter how many times I tell myself I want to get a blog going and establish it in the blogosphere. I just cannot keep myself committed because the work I have to do for others always comes first. What is funny is this is a perfect reflection of my personality. I am a caretaker type of person. The reason why I received a degree in counseling and counseled for so many years was so I can help others. Do I help myself? Not as much as I should. I find comfort and pleasure in making others happy. Is that right? I guess it is in a way but it's certainly not fair to myself.

I have decided to write about why everyone should blog for him or herself. This way, I can look it over on the days I put other work ahead of my own and help others who do the same. So here goes:

  • Recharge Your Passion

When you write for yourself, you give yourself a chance to unwind and write about what you want to write about not what your client wants. You can interact with your visitors the way you want to and without pressure to do anything. This sense of freedom is enough to recharge your passion for writing and give you that push towards doing better work.

  • Using Your Work for Your Own Benefit

Why is that most of us are so willing to write for others but we aren't willing to write for ourselves. We make money for other people and much more than we received for the articles. It's time to take our articles and turn them into profit for ourselves.

  • Recognition for Your Hard Work

For those of us who ghostwrite articles, we will never see our names on the work we do for clients. Blogging or writing for yourself will give you the recognition you deserve. You work hard on your writing and you need to receive recognition for that, at least sometimes.

  • Having Fun with Writing

Writing is always fun but we all know it's more fun to write about what we want to write about. This goes along with recharging your passion but is a bit different, which is why I made its own separate category. I know some people who write so much for others they have lost the fun involved in writing. These people can't even find the enjoyment in writing for themselves. This is why it is important to remind ourselves that we started writing because we find it fun.

Well, those are some of my reasons why I need to blog or just write for myself more often. Do you have any others to add to help the cause of writing for ourselves?


Monday, March 24, 2008

Quotes on Writing

I have always loved quotes and would write them often in high school. I haven't written quotes in a long time but I still like to read them. Here are some of my favorite quotes on writing.

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. ~Sylvia Plath

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. ~E.L. Doctorow

The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium. ~Norbet Platt

Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn't wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say. ~Sharon O'Brien

Writer's block is a disease for which there is no cure, only respite. ~Laurie Wordholt

My favorite:

If you have something to say and no one is around to hear it, write it down.

I saw this on a journal at the bookstore - I will have to add who said this next time I go.

What are some of your favorite writing quotes?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Listening to Music While You Write

There is no point in listening to music when I write. I won't listen to it and will completely tune it out while I work so there really is no reason for me to play anything. I think I acquired this ability while in college. I am an only child so I never really had to deal with a sibling who was loud or playing loud music while I was doing something. When I started college, my roommate would play a CD while she studied and so I would have to listen to it as well. I didn't mind because I learned quickly that I needed to tune it out or I would never get any work done.

Listening to the Television

So this may sound weird but I do put the TV on when I work. I am not watching it, I am just listening. It helps keep me motivated and entertained while I write. I tune it out just as with music but for some reason, I like it better. Once I complete an article, I will look up really quick to see what is going on before starting something else. For some reason, I think subconsciously I am really watching it while thinking and typing. Hhhhmmm…I wonder if there are any studies on that. Anyway, that is what I do while I work, what do you do?



Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Handwriting vs. Typing in Journaling

I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I wonder if there is any difference in the benefits of journaling through writing or typing. Can you achieve the same level of introspection typing out your thoughts vs. writing them down in a journal or plain piece of paper?

Pros of Handwriting

  • You don't only have to stick with words, you can draw.
  • You can think about what you write and reflect on it.
  • Make tables easily to set up a plan of action or a list of pros and cons of a decision.
  • You can take a journal anywhere, no need for electricity.
  • Take a break from typing and the thought that you should be working on an article.
  • There are fewer distractions because there is no e-mail to check or instant messages.

Pros of Typing

  • Most people can type faster than they think so thoughts can flow quickly.
  • You can create many different journals for each section of your life, such as work, family, and hobbies.
  • You can create a blog journal and share it with friends.
  • You can use spellchecker and grammar check.


Well, I have come up with many more pros of handwriting a journal than typing. I guess you could say that my blog here is a journal but I don't really feel like it's a real journal because I don't let myself go as much as I would if it were a personal journal. I can't say everything I think about and I can't let myself just type without thinking about grammar or if my sentences make sense. To me, a journal is something you can free yourself with. You start writing and just let your mind unload onto the paper. I don't think I can do that on the computer. I just feel like I need to be doing something else… It's time to close the screen, take out my trusty journal and start handwriting.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

What is Your Blog Style?

When looking for a blog, what do you like? You know, a blog you add to your list you check religiously. After looking through several blogs, I found there are certain things I look for in a freelance writing blog. I guess you could call it my blog style.


I like blogs in which the person writes like he or she is talking to a friend. The person is real and does not try to be the guru in writing. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of well written, informational blogs out there and I do benefit from them. However, when I am looking for something fun to read on freelance writing, I enjoy people who are talking about their life as a freelance writer.

New Material

Many blogs talk about the same things and although it's nice to hear other people's opinions, I enjoy reading about things I haven't read about before.

Colorful and Attractive

I am a judge a book by its cover kind of person. I love blogs that are nice looking. They keep me interested and it's pleasing to the eyes.

Surveys are great because it gives people information about others without divulging people's names. Surveys such as, "How much do you write in a day?" or "How much do you charge…?" are always interesting.

Freelance Writing Jobs

Okay, I will admit, I do like blogs that post jobs. Have to make a living somehow, right? So yes, I will visit blogs posting freelance writing jobs.

Well, that's my list. What do you look for in a blog?
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