In the past few weeks I’ve received a flurry, no a barrage, of angry emails asking why I’m qualified to be a freelance writing blogger.
Though I don’t quite get the anger, I’m happy to receive these questions because it means writers and aspiring writers are thinking about who to trust and that’s always a good thing. There’s too much blind faith in the Internet world and we need to spend more time questioning the credentials of those who claim to be authorities.
We’ve discussed my background and qualifications many times before, I’m really not going to get into that now. I mean, when you think about it, the freelance writing community is filled with bloggers who in their past life had nothing to do with freelance writing, or even writing at all. While many do have backgrounds as freelance writers, the majority of your freelance writing bloggers are folks who are doing this because they didn’t want to work at a full time day job. Seriously. The blogs you read each day are written by former publishing associates (like Yours Truly) , P.R people, print on demand publishers, attorneys and marketing execs and many of them had no writing background or interest in writing until they decided they wanted to work at home and I’m no exception.
Our backgrounds are diverse but we all share a similar quality -we all achieved success as writers. While all the different freelance writing bloggers bring unique perspectives to the field of freelance writing, what makes one blogger more qualified than another?
So let’s take it to the streets. As a freelance writing blogger I can tell you what to look for, but that’s always a little predjudicial. I mean, yeah I believe you should make your own choices and find the bloggers who best share your vision. However, my telling you which freelance writing blogs to read is like a fast food exec telling you what hamburger to buy or Toyota giving you a list of the best cars to purchase. You’re the folks who read the blogs. You’re the folks who follow the advice. You’re the folks who should be discussing this, not me.
Tell us, what makes a qualified freelance writing blogger? What catches your eye? Why do you follow a particular blog on a regular basis and what turns you off? Let’s discuss…