Freelance Writing Jobs for May 5, 2009

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My biggest challenge as a blogger is proofreading. Because I have so many things going on at once, I tend to post and run – without checking my work. It’s not until I start receiving negative comments here (and on other blogs) and nasty emails that I realize I did it again. Even though I turn in my clients’ work after reading it over several times, it’s still a good reminder for me to be careful what I post to my blogs, even if they are more personal. For instance, if I want to use FWJ as a reference for other projects, what example am I setting by having typos in my writing?

What are some of the things you need to work harder at as a freelance writer or blogger?

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Comments

  1. Heheh, love the pic. I’m so there.

    My problem is piling on tasks. “Sure, 10am Tuesday sounds great!”

    Tuesday morning arrives… “Oh crap. I have three things scheduled for 10am…” Oy.

  2. It’s funny some of the things that bring you here for a comment, James. :)

  3. @ Matt I like the stuff that isn’t the same old :)

  4. Anne G. says:

    I’m like James. Two weeks ago, two of my clients announced they were dropping all of their freelancers. That left me with one so I started applying for everything I could find that suited me. Today, I have five clients and eight articles due by the end of the day. As if that isn’t enough, I also decided to get my daughter in for her 2nd Gardisil vaccination at 3:30, so while I would usually work longer to make up for the excess, today isn’t a day that I can work longer.

  5. Who said writers had to be organized?

    I love it when I have lots gigs to juggle, that means I have money in the bank.

    Typos are a killer but I usually catch them and have a good chuckle.

    There was a time when I didn’t catch typos and I received hate mail — yikes. My eyes got sharper real quick.

  6. Hayte male for typoes? Sheesh. Some people are lame.

  7. Freelance Regulatory Writer – Collegeville PA link is broken

  8. Oh, I am the Queen of Typos. Just because you can write, doesn’t mean you can type or spell. The problem is that I’m usually still too involved in the product when I try to proof it. I have to fight my procrastinator tendencies and get the work done well before deadline. Then, I save it, put it away for a few hours (or days in some cases) and read it one more time before I turn it in. I usually catch all the mistakes and sometimes end up going in a completely different direction altogether.

  9. FYI–The first link for consumer electronics doesn’t offer compensation. But they do offer to “let the writer’s voice provide valid, informed, independent and relevant information in our columns.” How generous.

  10. Typos? My favorite is replying to an ad after the tenth cup off coffee and pressing “send” before I can proof my own email! Ugh!

  11. Anne G. says:

    I don’t have an issue with typos on a casual blog or in emails/chat. What bothers me is when I find mistakes on television, the newspaper, magazines or books. My first magazine article was printed with the entire first line missing. It started up mid-sentence. While they did apologize, it was an employment magazine released every quarter, so three months passed before readers saw the corrected paragraph.

  12. Meghna says:

    For me it’s trying to meet deadlines.. since I have a double dose of them with college.

    And what I hate most.. college assignments that need to be turned in the next day especially when I had decided to devote that day to some long overdue client.

    And can anyone solve the riddle of why teachers assign the least time to the longest assignments?

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  14. denise c says:

    I heard about this proofreading technique to trick your mind when you’re too close to the content…proofread it backwards, from the bottom sentence up.

  15. LoL @ denise c.

    I always seem to end up doing that as I write it, not as I’m proofing it!

    Kind of Pulp Fictionious, if you will. :)

  16. Anne G. says:

    @Denise – That’s a standard to check for spelling errors. For actual structure and flow it doesn’t always work.

    If you have older children, this works well for me. I make part of their allowance chores to proofread the articles I’ve written. My daughter’s younger and not as appreciative, by my teen LOVES catching mom’s mistakes. Says it’s nice to be able to make me go back and correct my errors like I always did with his homework.

  17. I generally don’t bother to give my blog posts or casual posts (like here) more than a once-over to make sure I don’t have too many repetitive words or sore-thumb grammar mistakes. The way I figure it, these posts are not indicative of my skill as a writer. If a potential client wants to see a “finished” product, they can ask for my resume, or follow the links I have available on my blog which lead them to my published content.

    It was the same thing when I was a ceramic tile and natural stone contractor. Many was the time when I had a home-owner ask “why” about a certain part of the process, and my answer was always the same: come back when it’s a finished product and you will see the project in its entirety, not just bits and pieces.

    Quite frankly, I don’t have a problem if a potential client reads my blog, but if they are the type of employer who bases their opinion off of casual posts, rather than finished products, then I probably don’t want to be working for them in the first place. In much the same way I wouldn’t have wanted to work for a client in my previous trade if they looked at the way I swept a floor while prepping an area and tried to make an assumption about the final result of my product.

    In the end, everyone makes mistakes. That’s why there’s spellcheck and editors. I generally proof-read my content before I submit it, and editors will catch anything I miss on my end. That’s what they get paid to do. I’ve yet to be asked for a re-write for grammatical reasons in 14 months of doing this. I recently had my first request for a re-write, but it had nothing to do with my grammar; rather, it was simply a matter of me not understanding the exact layout sheet that was provided and I had given a list using commas, rather than bullet points. Simple mistake, and one that happens when you are learning a new system with an employer.

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