Getting started as a problogger

I was reading one of Deb’s posts, “Why You Won’t Get Famous Blogging for Someone Else” and noticed the following comment. “I am looking to go into blogging or freelance writing to earn money and to be able to stay at home with my children. All I know is that I truly love to write and give my opinions. In between cooking and my household duties, I can spend up to 4 hrs or more a day just on FaceBook alone. Somehow there has got to be a way to make a living doing this and get paid for it. [Read more…]

How to bomb out all the time when looking for writing gigs

You apply for one or two gigs a month: There’s something to be said for the law of averages. If you’re applying for five or less blog or web writing gigs a month your odds of getting hired are slimmer than the odds of a blogger who gets out there and applies for 20, 30, or more gigs a month. You apply for lots of gigs but most are totally inappropriate for you: While the above tip about applying for a lot of gigs is good advice, it’s also important to apply for gigs you actually might get. You’re not [Read more…]

Blogging & Web Writing Gigs for June 26, 2009

Very few decent gigs today – sorry. Also, no job tip today, because I already posted a lengthy one. Read: One job listing you should not apply for. Anywhere gigs: health/eco/lifestyle writers – MA or Phd – Too low of pay unless pieces are short (as in blog post size). Ask. Freelancers Wanted Freelance Food Writers Wanted Green blogger – saw this up before, not sure whats up. Assistant Medical Editor for Online Med Ed Company – (Midtown Manhattan) Location specific gigs: San Francisco Lifestyle Blogger – guess where (ha) Site Merchandiser – Athletic & Outdoor Footwear, Shoes & Endless [Read more…]

Blogging & Web Writing Gigs for June 19, 2009

So in bad news I’ve seen almost zero decent anywhere gigs this week, however, if you’re lucky enough to live in the right areas, you may find a good job below. For you anywhere writers, you can also check out Deb’s latest job listings (not totally blog-web specific). Job tip o’ the day: Do you have a contact me page at your personal blog? You should if you’re looking to score jobs. If people can’t contact you, they can’t hire you. You’d be surprised at how many blogs I come across that contain zip contact info; don’t be one of [Read more…]

Blogging & Online Writing Gigs for June 16, 2009

Sorry about the lack of gigs posted the last few days. My son was home from school before camp kicked in, and since I work at home, that was less than ideal working conditions. This should be a busy week too, but I’m looking to get at least three job posts up for you all this week. Today’s listings kick ass btw; lots and lots of gigs to browse. I’m kind of surprised, as I haven’t seen too many great blog and online writing jobs lately. Question o’ the day: So, are your kids home for the summer? Or have [Read more…]

Blogging & Online Writing Gigs for June 8, 2009

Hardly any decent gigs today. With that in mind you might want to check out Deb’s list of freelance writing gigs – she’s got a bunch going on today. Job tip o’ the day: Negotiate up. If you’ve been blogging with a client for six months or more see if you can’t get a raise. A lot of times what I notice about blogging gigs is you’re hired at a set wage and it’s simply never discussed again. If you’ve grown traffic, done your job, and been a trouble-free employee see if you can set up a client meeting and [Read more…]

What kind of jobs can blogging skills lead to?

Blogging for a career can be iffy. The pay can be good, but sometimes it’s beyond terrible. The hours on a cushy blogging gig may be easy but in many cases you put in long hours with few days off. Also, because of the popularity of blogs there are plenty of everyday Joes (or Sallys) who get it into their head that blogging is a snap and start a blog project which means in some cases you could end up applying for a gig where you know way more about blogs then the client who hires you (frustrating). The good [Read more…]

Blogging & Online Writing Gigs for May 28, 2009

There were mainly suck jobs posted around the boards yesterday hence the me not posting any gigs here yesterday. However, today I found enough to post – not as many good anywhere ones as I’d like to see, but lots of local gigs. Bonus job tip o’ the day: Clients hiring for blog and online gigs are not just looking for writers, they’re looking for folks who can find and edit images. It’s rare that a blog client wants to do this, and it’s usually included in your job tasks. With that in mind make sure you know where to [Read more…]

Blogging & Online Writing Gigs for May 20, 2009

Our list today is still low on decent telecommute gigs, but there’s more than earlier this week. Job tip o’ the day: Two words for you – BE NICE. Some people think nice is a boring word sure, but in the realm landing gigs it’s good to be nice. This is basic networking 101. When you’re nice, clients will recommend you to other clients, friends will share job leads with you, and people won’t talk smack about you online (well, not as much) and your online presence will stay healthy. Of course there is the flip side – read When [Read more…]

The 3 Worst Things I Did for My Network Blogs

When I first began blogging for a network I didn’t have so much on my plate. Sure, I had a few of my own blogs and work with other clients, but the snowball didn’t really start rolling down the mountain. As a result, I had a successful start to my network blogging career. Towards the end of my network blogging career, it was apparent I was making some mistakes – all my own fault. Here are the 3 Worst Things I Did for My Network Blogs I posted the network minimum – Because I was so busy I posted the [Read more…]

Weekend Link Love – For July 20th 2008

As a network blogger or blogger for hire, what are some of the things you hope to see here at Network Blogging Tips? Are we covering the bases? Is there something you would like to see but so far haven’t? Tell us in the comments. In the meantime, here’s what I’m reading this weekend: Are Blog Comments a Source of Referral Traffic? at Blog Herald Blogging Jobs: How Much is Blogging Worth? at Blog Herald Writing for Two Blogs: Are you completely insane? at Blogging Basics 101 (Sadly, the answer is yes. Yes I am.) 7 Super Triggers to Get [Read more…]

Relinquishing Your Network Blogs: It's Not Easy

When I stepped down from network blogging to take on my full time gig, it was a very difficult decision. My blogs were so personal and I put my heart and soul into them. I knew someone else would take them over and I thought I would be prepared for watching them grow with someone else at the helm. It’s not as easy as I thought. In the case of my network blogs I do know the bloggers and I even know they’d let me guest blog on occasion. Still, it’s not easy watching someone else take over your favorite [Read more…]

Top 11 Reasons Why I Might Quit Blogging & Open A Candy Store

Quite recently my seven year old Cedar said something akin to, “Why don’t you quit blogging and open a candy store instead?” Normally I’d tell you that candy store owner is a bad career choice for me. I barely like candy. However, there are days when the cons of blogging for others does get me down, and on those days, even candy store sounds better. Deb noted her pros and cons of blogging for others already. I didn’t read her list yet though. I figured I’d write up my own lists and see how closely we agree. I’m starting with [Read more…]

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