10 Hard Lessons I Learned in My First Year of Freelance Blogging

10 Hard Lessons I Leant in My First Year of Freelance BloggingOn August 13th, 2013, I wrote my very first post on my very own shiny brand new website.

My, my, how things have changed.

Back then, I was full of hope, excitement, and most of all ideas. I wasn’t exactly new to freelance writing – I had done some work on some freelance bid sites – such as Odesk and Elance. When I had started, I had been more than happy to stroll through cheap client proposals  and felt “lucky” to secure gigs which included writing well researched 700 word dental articles for the princely sum $5 a pop (although I now know a hell of a lot more about periodontal disease). But this was different. I had my own freelancing blog. I was a professional now. The world was my oyster, and I was about to take that sumbitch out of its shell and triumphantly hold it aloft, having conquered the four corners of the freelancing empire.

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July 2014 Freelance Writing Income Report

July 2014 Freelance Writing Income Report“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

Things are definitely going to change around here.

After last month’s “freelance writing detox” I had a very long think about my writing career, where it’s going, and where I want it to be heading. I also had a long think about my reasons for my inactivity – my loss of focus from the first six months of freelance writing, as well as where my focus should lie as I forge ahead.

After several weeks of contemplation, I’ve made the following decisions about my blogs and freelance writing career in general:

1. 2-3 Posts per month, per blog– I’ve made several commitments with regards to blog post frequency, and lately it seems I haven’t been able to keep them. From now on, I’ll concentrate on making just a couple posts per month, and focus largely on promotion of these posts. This is in the vein of recommendations by people such as Derek Halpern, who recommends that only 20% of your time should be committed to creating content, while 80% should be geared towards promoting your content. From now on, I’ll definitely be paying more attention to the promotion of my blog and business. Continue reading

The Freelance Writers Den is Open with Giveaways and Contests!

The Freelance Writers Den: Grow Your Writing Income! Sign Up

A couple days ago I received an email from Carol Tice announcing that the Freelance Writers Den will be celebrating its third anniversary this weekend. In addition, there will be a number of prizes, giveaways, and other assorted goodies on offer from the Den this weekend, including a free month in the Den, mini mentoring sessions, free eBooks, and lots more.

Not only that, but the Den will be hosting a FREE podcast where you can ask the Den Mothers (Carol and Linda Formichelli) anything you want about freelance writing.

Since I love the Freelance Den (and pretty much anything Carol has to offer) I couldn’t help but let my readers know about this opportunity, as the Den is only open to new members a few days of the year.

If this is your first time hearing about the Den and you would like to find out more, please read my Freelance Writers Den review where I go into detail about the various sections of the Den, what’s offered in these sections, and how current and aspiring freelance writers can benefit from joining.

If you are thinking of joining the Den, I would greatly appreciate if you could do so through any one of my affiliate links either on this page or those on my review page. Clicking through my affiliate link will cost you nothing but will help to keep this blog going!

Do you have any questions about the Freelance Writers Den that you would like to ask? Are you a member that would like to share your experience? I’d love to hear you in the comments section below!

June 2014 Freelance Writing Income Report

accounting-343067_1920Welcome freelance writers, browsers, and general internet viewing public! You have reached the June edition of my monthly freelance writing income report. Every month, I publish the details on freelance income, as well as my general freelance related activities for the month, for a number of very good reasons explained in this previous post.

If you read last month’s post, you’d know that the end of May and the beginning of June were very hectic months for me. As a result, I decided to take the rest of June off in order to get a bit of rest and relaxation before jumping back headfirst into freelance writing. How did that work out?

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May Freelance Writing Income Report

May Freelance Writing Income ReportMy name is Daryl George, and every month I publish a report detailing my recent activities in the world as a freelance writer, as well as a short summary of my freelance writing income. During last month’s freelance writing income report, I was positively brimming with enthusiasm. Things were looking up – I had just spoken to at least one client who had a large amount of work, and was in talks with another one that had found me through inbound marketing.  I was on track for my best month ever! So how did the month pan out? Read on for more….

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New Trends in Blogging

New Trends in Bloggingby Dora Houston

With the advent of the internet, freedom of expression has gained several new dimensions. There are countless venues for individuals to voice their opinions. It gives them an opportunity to express themselves and share their thoughts with the entire world. Blogging is one such activity that uses the internet for expression of one’s thoughts and ideas. Blogging has been around for quite a while now and there are even attempts by individuals to post VLogs or video logs. By now there are probably millions of blogs on the internet. There are people who post even the small every day events that happen in their lives and there are also some blogs that deal with issues that are consequential to the human society.

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April Freelance Writing Income Report

April Freelance Income ReportAnother month, another income report! Each month I publish an overview of my freelance writing income, as well as some of the notable things that have happened within my freelance business. April is no exception. I publish my freelance writing income for a number of reasons, most of which were detailed in this post here.  Here’s my April freelance writing income report!

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Freelance Writers Den Now Open!

The Freelance Writers Den: Grow Your Writing Income! Sign Up

Hey guys,

Just got an email that the Freelance Writers Den is now OPEN. But it won’t be for long – as Carol has announced that she will be closing the Den by midnight tonight. So if you’re interested, sign up NOW before you miss out on a great opportunity! If you want to learn more about the Den, you can read my comprehensive review on the Den and what it has to offer.  If you would like to sign up, you can click on the banner or the link below. Both are affiliate links, and will cost you nothing extra BUT will help me out greatly.

Hope to see you in the Den!

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February and March Freelance Writing Income Reports

The only way is up for my income reports!

The only way is up for my income reports!

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted my freelance income reports. January, to be exact. Since I know you’ve been missing my income reports, I’m going to give you a double dose of what you’ve been missing for the past couple months with income reports from both February AND March. I know – two awesome surprises in one!

For me at Freelance Writer Startup, lots has been happening both online AND offline. Here’s what I’ve been up to for the past couple of months:

 

Offline Happenings

I added another continent to my list as I went to Abu Dhabi  for my “day job” purposes. Despite spending the first few days jet lag, I really enjoyed it and met a lot of awesome people! Not only that but I got went to the desert where I rode a camel! Talk about memorable moments! By the time my workshop was over I didn’t want to leave, and experienced a bit of post trip blues as I settled back into work. I also flew to Barbados for a weekend for personal reasons, and I did enjoy my time there at least. As a result mainly of the hectic planning for Abu Dhabi, including visa applications, funding, and other concerns, I was a bit stretched in terms of time for the month.

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Return from my Hiatus

Break

 

Dear adoring fans of Freelance Writer Startup,

Yes, it HAS been a while since I’ve updated my blog. But don’t worry, I have really exciting news for upcoming month, along with your favorite – income reports! In addition, I’ll be making a few small changes to the blog, which you’ll probably see soon.

My hiatus was kicked off by a trip halfway around the world (Abu Dhabi to be precise) for a week. It just so happened that at the same time, a content marketing firm messaged me with interest for me working for them! Since then, I’ve been relatively busy with work from them, along with work from the organisation I volunteer with (gotta give back!).

So stay tuned for my income reports from February and March next week!