I’ve been thinking about this blog, and the Freelance Writing Jobs blog network a lot lately. I don’t mean planning ways to bring in traffic or dominate my niche. That part is a lot of fun and all, but there’s more to it than that. To put it simply, I enjoy what I do here.
Yes, this blog network is now my main source of income, and yes, it’s helped me achieve a certain level of success, but that’s not what it’s all about. I’m not a novelist and I’m don’t write in a journal every night, but I can relate to my writer friends who consider their works in progress or private writing to be an addiction — the thing they enjoy doing most. Blogging is like that for me. This is what I enjoy doing most.
I made the Freelance Writing Jobs network work because this is what I want to do. I want to blog and talk about writing with my friends. I would be lying to say I’m not proud of what I achieved here. There are no ulterior motives though. The reason I don’t entertain thoughts of selling this blog network is because I’m not ready to give up my passion. I don’t think I’d know what to do with myself.
Does that sound corny?
Ten years ago if you asked me my dream job I would probably have answered “to become a newspaper columnist.” I went out and got that job too. I used my content site clips and convinced a Philadelphia newspaper to give me a shot. It was a fun gig. It didn’t pay much at all but I enjoyed the writing and it impressed many clients. I left when the newspaper experienced budget cuts and they wanted me to write for free. Even dream jobs have to pay. In between it all, I blogged. The newspaper column was terrific, but it wasn’t my passion.
It’s hard to explain…
If you know me from back in the early days of my writing career, you may know I’ve held many different freelance writing jobs for a variety of clients. Some were long term, some were short term, and they were all learning experiences. I worked for some major brands and some clients you never heard of and they all played a part in who I am today.
Even at my busiest, I always came back to this blog. Even when I took a full time job in 2008 and 2009, I gave up most of my clients, but came back to this blog. Today, I give the Freelance Writing Jobs network the bulk of my time. It’s not backburnered to take client gigs. It’s not something I get to when I have time. It’s my life.
Freelance Writing Jobs isn’t just a meal ticket. It’s my passion. It’s on my mind first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I plan blog posts when I’m driving and wake up in the middle of the night to write down ideas. I don’t do this because I want to be famous or to dominate the search engines, though that part is kind of the gravy on the proverbial potatoes. I just enjoy sharing my experiences and I especially like learning about yours.
It’s been challenging, for sure. I made many mistakes and even lost some of this community to those mistakes, but I have no regrets. Right now, in 2010, I’m exactly where I want to be, doing what I want to do.
How about you?
Tell me about your passion…
What is your absolute dream writing job? If you had your druthers, what would you be doing now? If you had a ticket to work eight hours each day doing a specific gig, what would it be?
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