Managing Full Time Blogging & Kids ALL Summer Long

Deb just posted some excellent summer options for work-at-home parents and they’re handy but I have a few more suggestions along with some helpful tips. Summer, for me is a little like 3 months worth of chaos. Not only does my son’s free school shut down, but my partner’s kiddos are at the house more. Three kids + FT paid blogging + FT self-run projects = insanity on my part. It’s like a much longer winter break; ugh. First read managing work in a chaotic household for some general help then keep reading below for some summer specific tips. Summer [Read more…]

How to score blogging gigs in one easy step

APPLY FOR BLOGGING GIGS! That’s it. I know, it’s simple and sounds too good to be true, but when you get right down to it, applying for gigs is the number one best way to get gigs. I only bring this up because I see folks all the time at forums, in writers chats, and on Twitter who note they’re looking for work over and over. I get email questions like, “How do I get work as a blogger?” Not to sound over simplistic, but honestly you might want to try applying for gigs. Heck apply for MANY gigs. In [Read more…]

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…]

Blog & Web Writing Gigs for August 19, 2009

A fair amount of decent paying gigs today, although I swear people are getting less and less clear when writing these things. It’s not that hard – Location? Pay? Hours? Duties? That works. I think maybe people are trying to be too fancy. In any case, no tip today but I do think this post is worth a read – Don’t Ignore the Hidden Job Market for Freelancers. Anywhere gigs: Engineering Blogger Established website seeks Editor in Chief – AND Blogger/Editor Needed for Pet Loving Startup – pay issues sounds super iffy on both gigs so approach with care Intern [Read more…]

Blog & Web Writing Gigs for August 17, 2009

Jobs are back, although it does seem slim around the web re: anywhere gigs. Still, there’s some decent gigs today so check them out. Job tip o’ the day: Now that I’m back we’ll be resuming our how to get a blogging job series. If you haven’t been following along, you can get up to speed by reading the following… How to get blogging jobs and web writing jobs – getting started Finding blog gigs – starting out with no clips How to get a blogging job – advice from b5media’s hiring editor How to get a blogging job – [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 July 25, 2009

First off sorry no jobs yesterday – what with packing to move and work, it’s a little nuts around here. Secondly, congrats to Marye, who scored a KILLER gig via a job posting I listed here at Blogging For A Living AND actually tweeted to me about it so I knew. It’s double nice in this case because Marye’s a good friend, but even if I don’t personally know you, it feels much more productive when I hear someone gets a fly gig. So, if you score a gig from one of these lists leave a comment, tweet, or email [Read more…]

Blogging & Web Writing Gigs for July 22, 2009

Well, it looks like I was wrong about gigs picking up mid-week. Still not much out there. However, just because it’s not on a job board doesn’t make a gig invisible. Deb has put together two new excellent resources… 40 Freelance Writing Markets Paying $100 or More (Much More) 50 Places that Hire Freelance Writers You can get a gig – you just need to keep your chin up and keep on truckin’. Anywhere gigs: Parent community blogger – too low of pay IMO BUT also super PT 2 positions – Article Writer/Web Content Writer Environmental Website writer – I’ve [Read more…]

Blogging & Web Writing Gigs for July 20, 2009

Hello everyone, hope you had a good weekend. If you missed them over the weekend check out Finding blog gigs – starting out with no clips and How to get a blogging job – advice from Deb Ng of FWJ. Not too many gigs today – hopefully things pick up by Wednesday. You can also check out Deb’s job listings if you like. Anywhere gigs: Sustainable Technology and Design Blogger – kind of lowish pay unless you know the topic very well and work fast, then it’s ok. Sports Blogger/Reporter (Experience Required) Blogger at Task FM – I swear I [Read more…]

Finding blog gigs – starting out with no clips

If you want to work as a blogger or web writer and by work, I mean make a living, then you have to start somewhere. Of all the email questions I get, “How do I actually get started without a portfolio” is probably the most common question. It’s true that clients want to see clips but most don’t care what sort of clips they care more that you wrote the clips well. Are there clips in your past? If you honestly feel you have zip in the way of a portfolio, the first thing to do is take another look [Read more…]

Blogging & Web Writing Gigs for July 16, 2009

Where the heck have we been? Click here. In other news, since I’ve been MIA there are a ton of leads today… Anywhere gigs: Senior blogger – and by senior I think they might mean experienced, not that you’ll be blogging about seniors, although it’s not the most well written ad, I could be wrong. PBS MediaShift blogger / editor Web Content Writer Seeking Writers For Bay Area Sports Teams Entertainment Editor Content Writer Freelance Writer – Online Tech Magazine Health technology writer for CNET – ooooo, I LOVE CNET! Online Brand Evangelist and Blogger (Contract) – environmentally friendly consumer [Read more…]

Blogging & Web Writing Gigs for July 6, 2009

I hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th and at least took a little time off to relax. Not too many gigs today, but that always happens around holidays. We’ll see more later in the week most likely. Job tip o’ the day:  Deb has a nice little post up, What You Want vs. What Your Clients Expect, that in part, covers should we tell our clients when we think they could be doing something better. Deb notes, “If you don’t like the way your client runs his blog, or if you feel he needs guidance, there’s nothing wrong [Read more…]

Blogging & Web Writing Gigs for July 3, 2009

Very slim gig list today; I’m guessing we’ll see better stuff next week after the holiday. Job tip o’ the day: As a blogger PR folks will be contacting you all the time. This is good news in that you can score news tips plus items to review. However, managing your PR contacts can be rough at first. In January I posted a series on PR contact management. If you missed it, brush up with the following… How to create a ProfNet opportunity for blog news, products, and tips How to build or break relationships with PR contacts Managing Your [Read more…]

Blogging & Web Writing Gigs for July 1, 2009

Welcome to July. Hopefully you can kick off the month with a fab new gig… Since there’s so many jobs today, no job tip other than get out there and apply, but I do have a good laugh for you today… Ex N. Idaho Drug Kingpin Needs Writer – Nice! This guy “should be dead a hundred times over” sounds like someone you want to hang with no? I’m so there I love fake ads; such a good use of my time. Anywhere gigs: International Video Journalist Female Writers Needed Care 2 blogger – NOTE: I’ve heard iffy things about [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…]

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