Thus far, I’ve been less than spectacular at growing my writing career. I went the typical route of grabbing any bottom-of-the-barrel Craigslist post on which I could get my oh-so-desperate hands.
Sorry, Craigslist, but you know it’s true.
After seeing some minor success last week, it’s time to kick this writing career into high gear. Here’s how I’m starting off:
Embracing My Strengths
I’m a self-proclaimed jack of all trades. I like dabbling in a lot of areas, but I tend to have a few strengths on which I can lean.
If only I could maintain a career writing about old episodes of The Cosby Show. #dreamjob
However, I’ve been limiting my potential by assuming I’m not good enough to blog about certain topics.
What are you doing, Andre?
What can it hurt to try? I’m just going to prioritize the types of blogs I pitch.
- Food and Drink
Paid Guest Blogging
One of the first thing I did was sign up to an email list with beafreelanceblogger.com to get their Ultimate List of Better-Paid Blogging Gigs. I found other sources, but this one is cool because it gives a breakdown of types of blogs, pay, and content. I could just share the PDF, but that’d be stepping on someone else’s hustle. Go support the site; they have good content.
Many of these blogs still require a pitch. Just because I write something doesn’t mean it’s going to be accepted. This means I need to reach out to at least 5 sites a day. Here are some other decent resources I found. Maybe I’ll keep a running list or something.
If no one else uses it, at least I will.
Here are some other options that might work for you:
Listverse – Compose a list for $100. Must be 1500 words minimum.
PostJoint – If you’re familiar with digital marketing, SEO, social media, etc., pitch an article! You’ll get $100-$200 per post if accepted.
WritersWeekly – Wait, a blog about freelance writing? And they accept guest posts? This is a no-brainer. You’ll get $60 per 600-word article.
YourOnline – $100 an article. Read on for details.
Okay, yeah, I found a lot of sites. I’ll just compose a list and post it. I’ll shoot for this weekend.
Ugh… Content mills.
Most of these are a waste of time because they demand a lot of brainless writing for minimal monetary gain. There are still some good ones out there and they are key if you have a daily goal you want to meet.
Or, you know, you need to pay rent.
These are some of the better ones I started using:
Anyone who knows me personally knows I always introduce people to others. But what’s a starving writer to do when there’s no one to crack open that potential relationship.
Stop waiting! Just reach out!
Okay, to be fair, I haven’t actually started doing this myself yet, but that is what I plan on doing this week. I’m not shy, so why am i sitting on my ass when there’s a whole community of bloggers that are waiting to connect?
The thing is this: I’m not assuming anything by connecting with others. Realistically, I’m here to learn as well; I know there are others who have been at this longer than me, so if all all I get is a bit of a dialogue, I’m a happy man. Meeting new writers is always awesome.
That said, it never hurts to ask if there are opportunities. Don’t just blindly do this. I’m only going to ask about guest blogging opportunities if I’m familiar with the site’s content and I’m an active reader.
Give some of those a shot. I’ll always provide more information as I learn. Hopefully, these help you as much as they’ve helped me. I’ll also share some non-writing revenue opportunities soon.
In the meantime, it’s a new week and I’m ready to be better than I was yesterday!
Let’s do this!
Peace out, party people.