I’ve been honored to have readers since the very first day this blog went live. The traffic has been consistent, and it means a lot to me that so many of you are interested in what I have to say. So, with that in mind, it’s time to make a few announcements.
- This blog will no longer be anonymous. Initially, I didn’t want any connection to my former career. I never enjoyed the practice of law, and I planned to build a new life from the ground up. Since starting as a freelancer, though, I’ve discovered it’s a good thing to advertise. Clients feel better knowing my former profession because they then know I’m intelligent, driven and well-educated. Soon, I’ll be putting my full name on the site, too, as a form of advertising for my freelance work. But, I don’t plan to do any marketing which includes my maiden name or any significant references to my old practice. I want my freelancing to stand on its own reputation.
- The name and appearance of this blog will be changing. I have a new name which reflects the lack of anonymity here. I have also hired a web designer, and over the next few weeks he will be helping me transfer my data over to a self-hosted setup. Downtime should be minimal.
- There will be a posting schedule. Starting April 1, 2016, the official post schedule will be weekly. Every Friday, come back for a new post about freelance writing. Friday posts will be filled with useful tips and helpful information. Personal posts will be less frequent, and may appear any day except Friday. Personal posts will be about my feelings and experiences as a freelancer. I am not, however, going to share my weekly or monthly income reports. It’s helpful to know what other freelancers charge, but I’m not comfortable discussing my actual salary.
- This will not be like other writing blogs. I’m not going to shy away from earning money, but I’m also not going to use this as a place to sell goods and services to my readers. I am not opposed to affiliate links, and they will show up here and there. But I don’t plan to sell useless e-books, coaching, or any other service that is just as likely to be a scam as it is to be helpful. I’m still smarting after being ripped off by another blogger and his $37 “ebook” filled with typo-ridden blog posts. Yep. That’s not gonna happen here. (And please note that I don’t feel all bloggers are scam artists. In fact, last night I purchased five different ebooks from two different freelance writing bloggers. Not everyone is a con artist, but it can be hard to tell who is and who isn’t without first spending the money.)
My freelance career has been going well, and it’s time to make this blog a priority. Don’t be surprised by the changes over the coming weeks. I’m so excited to share everything with all of you. Guest posts will also feature here from time to time. If you have something you want to write about, drop me a note or leave a comment.
In the meantime, let me know what questions you have about freelance writing. I already have some great Friday posts scheduled for April, but I plan to also address as many of your questions as possible.