Your Turn: What is Your Dream Writing Job

passionI’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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  1. says

    Deb –
    My dream writing job? Travel and writing about it. I like to go to a place for at least three weeks, and just live there. Take pictures, hear stories and then write about what I’ve seen and heard.

    I just talked to a friend yesterday who is buying a house in Europe, and working from there. He’ll have an extra bedroom he will rent out. Guess where I’ll be going next year?

    • Keene says

      Agreed. That would be the best writing job imaginable. My other dream is writing a novel a year and visiting a fancy, schmancy Manhattan editor who sends a limo for me at the airport when I arrive on my private jet. :)

  2. Suzi says

    I’ve always wanted to go to Las Vegas so a travel magazine commission on the poker capital of the world would be amazing! Any editors or PRs want to hook me up? LOL x

  3. says

    This might sound corny, but I’m doing my dream job right now. I like working with different people and working on multiple projects. I admit that if I spend too much time focusing on a single topic, I tend to get bored. Mind you, if someone came along and offered me a book deal (with a very generous advance – we are talking dream gig here!) to write about the paranormal, I would be tempted to step away from my other projects for awhile.

  4. says

    My dream is to be a syndicated columnist. A lot of writers seem to think they haven’t made it until they write a book – but that just doesn’t seem to be where my heart lies. I just want to write about my faith, life, and my family and be able to impact people in a positive way. Oh yah – and get paid for it. :)
    .-= Dionna´s last blog ..The Heart’s Motivation =-.

  5. says

    my dream job, or work as the case may be, is to write on varied topics that connect people together. Right now I’m building an online marketing business and blogging about components of online marketing, with my target audience being the business owner themselves. I’m not the sole expert to be guiding practitioners, but I am the expert a small business owner can turn to for information and guidance or hire for online marketing. The focus is on connecting business owners with customers – in more than just a monetary way. I know that my clients can build relationships beyond the purchase with their customers and I’m working toward being the one to help them do it. hmmm. clear as mud, heh? LOL
    .-= Charlene´s last blog ..Online Reputation Management =-.

  6. says

    First, congratulations Deb… you’ve done great work here and I’m glad it’s paying of money-wise too.

    I’m living my dream… nicely self-supported through my writing and I’ve recently become aware my dream is changing. I think it boils down to enough residual income to retire… feels good to say it out loud as it were.

    Which doesn’t exactly answer you’re question, does it.

    I don’t want to quit writing, I want to be able to write only for myself and not have to work for clients… will probably take some sort of royalty deal, or several… not sure. Still contemplating the details.

    .-= Anne Wayman´s last blog ..So… What Do You Really Want? =-.

  7. says

    It’s funny, but I’m sort of doing my dream job – like Jodee and others, I’m writing for a variety of clients. I’d love to replicate several of my clients and get paid more; they’re super wonderful clients, but don’t pay too well. I also love writing E Books and my own blog (Seven Oaks) but don’t make a lot of money. If I could up the ante, I could say with assurance that it’s my dream job. I certainly love what I am doing!

  8. says

    I’m still trying to figure out my dreams . . . I do know I’d love to own a magazine (small, local pub). I’d be able to write articles AND work on creative aspects of putting the whole thing together each month. Sounds like so much fun.

  9. Heidi says

    I would love love love to be an editor for a publishing company and do some grant writing as a hobby from time to time. I only recently graduated college and all I’ve really done so far is freelance writing, but that has been very rewarding and fun too.

  10. says

    My dream job would be a novelist/children’s book author. Right now, I’m blogging about green issues, but that’s only a launching pad for my other projects that I have waiting in the wings. Honestly, I like the freedom of blogging and freelancing, but I also want to write books and I’m finding that’s a hard task to juggle.
    .-= Christina G.´s last blog ..Change Your Diet, Change Your Carbon Footprint? =-.

  11. says

    My dream writing job would be one where I make at least as much money as I spend, don’t get woken by an alarm clock and never wear a tie. And thank goodness I have it!

    Of course, my ultra-dream job would be exactly the same but at no point in the course of the year would I type the words “racking pallet”…

  12. says

    Wow! Well, I’d love to have a PhD and be a really cool college professor with a great office and academia’s schedule, but…if you’re talking about writing…

    I think if I could land a few more jobs with higher-profile clients (and their correspondingly higher paychecks, too!), I’d feel like I had a dream job.

    Also, I’d love to write regularly for a national magazine, and I’d enjoy working for a smaller magazine.

  13. says

    well, since we’re dreaming…

    I’ve recently realised that I love editing and proofing more than writing, so my dream is to move more into there, proofing books for publishing companies. Getting paid to read would be awesome!

    When not doing that, I’d love to be writing about dog training and behaviour. I have no interest in writing fiction.
    .-= Lucy Smith´s last blog ..Why are we not content with web content? =-.

  14. says

    What a great question. Actually I love what I’m doing now, which is blogging about my passion – which is writing. So I guess you could say it’s my Dream Job. But the “dream” part of it that I’m still working on is having it be viable and earning a living at it.

  15. says

    Great post Deb and delighted you are exactly where you want to be.

    My dream job if you call it a job is to be focusing solely on my own writing. To be able to write what I want to write and help others as I go along. I am passionate about helping others and I love being able to offer advice and helpful information. My goal for 2010 is to be able to focus more on my blog and build up an income stream from this. I want to be able to devote more time to my family and really enjoy writing what I want to write.

    .-= Amanda Evans´s last blog ..14 Places To Find Freelance Writing Jobs in 2010 =-.

  16. says

    As i’m sure a lot of people would, i’d love to be paid to travel the world to both write and take photographs on where i’ve been and the experiences that I’ve had.

    Stepping slightly away from my dream job, however, i’d ideally like to have the opportuntiy head back to freelancing full time and stop these 12 hour days. I’d then love to develop my writing / consultancy into an established business with a few members of staff and a handful of offices worldwide.

    I’m working towards it, at least!
    .-= Dan´s last blog ..Everything Is History is far from a boring website about the past =-.

  17. Chris says

    Dream writing job has to be crime/mystery, be it fact or fiction. Real life stuff would give me a chance to travel 😛

  18. says

    My dream job is to write humor, make people laugh and get paid for it. Humor has always been my passion, but it’s a tough genre. So, I write on other topics, but I would give them all up for a chance to live on humor writing.


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