Nothing makes a freelancer’s morning better than getting a new client (except in my case, a Starbucks’ caramel macchiato–the consumption of which I’ve had to drastically reduce).
I logged into my email this morning to see an email from a potential client, telling me I got the job. It’s exactly the kind of work I was looking for–writing diet and fitness blogs/articles. I will be writing one blog post a week for a health and fitness site. It’s not a lot of work, but I consider it a good addition to my small portfolio of private clients, which I’m presently working on increasing. I got the pay rate I asked for, and I even got my first payment upfront!
And this blog made it happen.
I responded to classified ad on a forum that I regularly frequent. I emailed the OP and sent him a writing sample. He liked my sample, but he found that the writing lacked the “personality” he was looking for. Admittedly my sample did have a more informational and authoritative tone, so I sent him a link to this blog so he could get a better idea of how I write when I’m free to be more expressive.
He liked what he saw, and the rest is history. Hopefully this is the beginning of what will be a long and pleasant working relationship–and referrals to future clients. Hey, you never know!
I look forward to the day when I have to turn down potential new clients because my plate is about to crack under my heavy client load (I think..lol). Until then, new clients are always welcome to discuss how I can be of service to them. If you’re still trying to decide if having a blog is worthwhile, let me just say I’m glad I finally warmed up to the idea.
I’ve written about 300 or so articles in a year’s time. All of them were online articles. I don’t remember ever finishing one of them in less than 30 minutes. If I finish one in an hour, I feel pretty good about myself…until I start reading writing forums. I read posts from fellow writers who boast about writing 4 to 5 articles in an hour, and that sense of pride I had from being able to complete an article in an hour wears off with the quickness. I begin to think I must be doing something wrong. Posts from other writers who are also slow writers do little to make me feel better, because I want to be a speedy writer.
If I could write 4 or 5 articles in an hour, I could do a day’s work in less than four hours. That’s the life I’m talking about! The truth is, I could write 4 or 5 articles in a hour, but the writing would be crap. I tend to rewrite my articles as I writing them. Maybe I should stop doing that and write crap instead, then go back and make it look good. Is that how speedy writers do it?
I want to be able to tell a client that I can write ten 500-word articles in 24 hours, not two days. I realize most clients wouldn’t give it a second thought, since they may assume I have obligations to other clients. Still, it would be nice to know that if I had to, I could. My writing speed, or lack thereof, has become my Achilles heel.
Perhaps it’s a sign that it’s time to move on to bigger projects that pay more per article, or projects like copywriting and ebooks where I’m allowed enough more time to write at my natural speed, which seems to be slower than most. I don’t know if I’ll ever write any faster, and maybe I’m not meant to. It’s time to make peace with it and work with what I’ve got. Quality has always mattered more to me than quantity anyway.
By the way, it took me 15 minutes to write this 382-word post, but I did spend another 30 minutes cleaning up typos and tightening up the wording. I’m such a perfectionist.
I admit I was never interested in starting a blog. The idea of something that’s the equivalent of an online diary didn’t appeal to me at all. I tend to be a private person, so there’s wasn’t much I would write on a blog anyway. Not to mention the idea of millions of people around the world seeing my most personal or private thoughts was downright disturbing.
So what on earth am I doing typing my first blog post to my first ever blog? Why am I willing to open up myself (just a tad) to all the cybermasses? Because I realized that’s what I do every time I reply to a forum post on the various message boards I frequent. Every time I post an opinion, comment, sentiment, gripe, compliment, express my condolences or wish someone well, I give a piece of my heart, a glimpse into my private world and thoughts. I’ve been “blogging” since 1998, when I first got America Online and discovered how addictive the Internet can be.
So instead of churning out another article for a content mill that shall remain nameless until another blog post on another day, I’m sitting here familiarizing myself with WordPress and writing the first of hopefully many blog posts. This blog will take you on my journey from walking into my day job one day and being told it was last day of working for the company, to my present status as an up and coming freelance writer who’s ready to let the world know that I…am…here.