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Thanksgiving Gratitude List 2019

Thanksgiving 2019Many years ago Rev. Guy Williams, linked below, challenged a group of us to think of 100 thinks we were grateful every day. I took on that challenge for awhile. I was a loss at how to keep track while I was walking. I remembered I had a Buddhist rosary. Most Buddhist rosaries have 108 beads. And so I counted. I’m always tickled to find I value people more than stuff. ; – )

        1. Dudley the cat
        2. My son Michael
        3. My daughter Linda
        4. My son Steve
        5. Gloria
        6. Chris
        7. Stacey
        8. Emily Rose
        9. Rob
        10. Ben
        11. Cole
        12. Valerie
        13. Dan
        14. Democracy Counts
        15. Pulkit
        16. Nancy
        17. Kim
        18. Fay
        19. Didge
        20. Phil
        21. Myriem
        22. Steve
        23. Victoria L.
        24. Victoria O.
        25. Jamie
        26. Tala
        27. Fresh warm bean burritos
        28. Trish
        29. Intermittent fasting
        30. Keto that reduces my migraines to almost nothing
        31. SWZC.org
        32. Seisen
        33. Alberto
        34. Devon
        35. Ando
        36. Doshin
        37. Rosie
        38. Jose
        39. Jennifer
        40. Lonnie
        41. Herb
        42. Zoe
        43. Bobby
        44. my cottage
        45. electricity
        46. running water
        47. hot running water
        48. heaters
        49. stove
        50. microwave
        51. fridge
        52. showers
        53. washing machines
        54. Nachelli
        55. Olin
        56. HansPeter
        57. Luis
        58. Mary
        59. Cathy M.
        60. Paula
        61. Lori
        62. Sharon H.
        63. Carol
        64. Cait
        65. Michael Ann
        66. Claudia
        67. Jeff
        68. Frederick
        69. Rev. Guy Williams
        70. Jay
        71. Libraries
        72. The bus, particularly the 929
        73. The trolley
        74. The car I used to have
        75. The car I’ll soon get
        76. The Internet
        77. Email
        78. WordPress
        79. Thesis theme
        80. Cafe Moto
        81. Moto Coffee
        82. Twiggs on Park
        83. Books and more books to read and to write
        84. Blair
        85. John
        86. Texting… never thought I’d say this…
        87. Good coffee
        88. Espresso machine
        89. Stainless pour over filter
        90. Two great flashlights – an appreciated gift
        91. YouTube and the access it gives me to experts.
        92. Joe Alai
        93. Joe Dispenza
        94. Gregg Braden
        95. Agnes Vivarelli
        96. Gloria
        97. Stacey
        98. Steph
        99. Rebecca
        100. Richard
        101. Jennifer
        102. Lonie
        103. Kitty
        104. MzTiz
        105. Ellie
        106. Katurah
        107. Andrea
        108. Ron

The best of the holiday to you,

Write well and often,

Anne Wayman, freelance writer

 

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5 Advanced On-Page Optimization SEO Tactics for Freelancers

SEOWhen it comes to SEO, we are in a constant state of learning through trial and error. What works today might be irrelevant tomorrow. What’s worse is that what works for one client or company doesn’t work the same on another. There is no step by step magic formula or a defined strategy we can follow that will help us increase ranking and bring traffic to the site.

We are scientists that are always testing out theories and trying to come up with a winning formula. It also doesn’t help that we are working with on hand behind our back, trying to guess what Google likes and approves.

What does On-Page Optimization mean for Freelancers Writers?

As Google updates the algorithms and becomes smarter, it is our job to understand what it labels as the most valuable. The common denominator we have found in all of the equations is the user. Yes, we are optimizing content for search engines, but they are, in return, optimizing for the person that is reading our content.


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4 40 Flash Coaching for Writers and Other Creatives

4 40 flash coachingYikes, I published this before I’d finished the article – see, mistakes happen to us all. Here’s the whole post:

I’ve had a brand new, for me, idea. It’s called 4 40 Flash Coaching for Writers. It looks like this:

You’ll get four 40 minute sessions with me over the phone in one week intervals.

The first session we’ll do a Visioning. Together we’ll use the information we discovered and determine the content of the next three sessions.

Included in each session will be time for you to outline your problems and get some suggested solutions that we will work out together. I will gently hold you accountable by asking for your wins and misses.

Yes, you’ll have an assignment from each session, one that you create or we create together. Yes, we will check in at the start of every session to figure out what worked and what didn’t.

You’ll also have access to me via email while we’re working together. I’ll do my best to answer in 24 hours.

Sound like a good idea?

Just click the PayPal Link below. You should be able to enter your phone number on the payment form. If not, no worries, just email me your phone number and I’ll call you to schedule your sessions. You can use the same email to ask a question or two. You can also reach me through the Contact page here.

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time wasterIs there a bigger time waster than the potential client or an actual client can’t or won’t make up their mind? Of course there is, but not many that can make you feel absolutely crazy.

You know what I mean. I’m talking about the potential client who keeps you on the string and/or the client you have under contract who can’t decide exactly what they want.

Either way they are time sinks. In fact, the time waster actually costs you money because you could be using the time you’re wasting chasing or negotiating or explaining again again could be used for paying work. You deserve better.

Your goal is to ether help that time waster get off the dime and make a decision or you should decide they aren’t worth the effort.

Time waster examples

Time waster clients come in two types – those who waste your time before they hire you and those who waste  your time after they hire you.


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Why Should They Hire You as a Writer?

hire meWhy should they hire you as a writer?

Do you know the answer to this question? You should. You need to know the skills and talents you bring as a writer that set you apart from other writers.

When you can answer why they should hire you you’ll find landing freelance writing gigs much easier than it is if you don’t.

Here’s why you need to know

You need to be able to articulate why a client you want should hire you because you are unique. You have a particular set of writing skills that are based on any number of things, including these four:


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priceYou know your price for writing, right? You charge $X by the hour or the word or the page etc. You know your price gives you enough to for all of your expenses as well as at least some of your wants.

If you don’t know this it’s time to go back and re-figure how you’ll charge for your services.

Now, how do you feel when quoting your price? Confident? Scared? Excited? Broke? Desperate? Eager? In other words, do you worry about your client’s sticker shock?

Do you fear client’s sticker shock?

Many writers do, and it’s a shame. You know the feeling, it’s when you’re afraid your price is to high for the person you’re quoting it too. It’s a funny thing, because in the U.S. at least there’s very little bargaining for goods and not a whole lot for many services. If you buy a salad at a restaurant, the price is the price and you choose to pay it or you choose something else even if it’s another restaurant. When you hire a lawyer or a plumber you either pay their price or you don’t.


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How I wrote and published 2080 blog posts

blog postsOMG! I just noticed that I have posted 2,080 blog posts – in fact this one makes it 2,081! (Assuming WordPress can count my posts accurately – I certainly haven’t tried to keep track.)

And that’s while I’m also ghostwriting books, writing about politics and election integrity, experimenting with gathas, writing blog posts for others. As well as living my life.

I’m quite impressed!

The secret of 2,000 + blog posts

The secret of writing that many blog posts isn’t really a secret. Writers like me who give other writers and would-be writers would mostly say the same thing:

You’ve absolutely got to put the words down on paper or on screen.

And you’ve got to do it regularly.


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InterruptionsInterruptions like robo-calls (is there anything more annoying and useless on the planet? Probably, but I can’t think what at the moment) are exactly the kind of thing that, if I don’t turn my phone off, can drive me clear off course. Someone dropping by to talk about business is fine if they keep to that, otherwise it’s like other interruptions, annoying and non-productive. And if you’ve got young children at home where you’re working, interruptions are guaranteed.

Interruptions break your concentration, making a train wreck out of your thinking and even your writing if your not careful. They make me want to tear my hair out. Bet you often feel the same.

Of course, a real truth about life in these times is interruptions are a fact of life. The trick, then, is to figure out how to deal with them so you’re not taken so far off course.

Reduce interruptions

Start by protecting yourself. Turn off the your cell and your landline if you have one. Put a sign on your door asking not to be disturbed. Think about the last few times you were thrown off course by something you weren’t expecting. Spend a few minutes imagining what you might have done to avoid those altogether. The chances are you’ll find at least a couple of things you can do proactively to make it easier for you to stay focused.


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Changes in the Scope of Work

scope of work‘Scope of work’ is one term used to refer to the details of, among other things, a writing gig.

Sometimes defining the work you’ll do is pretty simple – a 500 word blog on how to get up in the morning, or a one page sales letter introducing the newest widget.

At other times, usually when you’re dealing with a brand new client or a more complex project, the scope of work can be quite detailed. In either case the goal is to make sure you and your client are on the same page.

What to include

It’s often up to you, the writer, to figure out exactly what the scope of work really is. In addition to your name and contact information, the client’s name, title, billing address and contact information you want at least the following:

  • Date the contract or scope of work is agreed upon and/or signed
  • Definition of the project
  • Statement of projects purpose
  • How changes to the agreement can be made
  • Who signs off on it and arranges payment
  • Due date
  • Payment and how it will be made





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conference or conventionAttending a conference or convention, if you do it right, is both highly fruitful and a ton of hard work. When you put in the effort you’re likely to have at least one or two of the following benefits and maybe more.

I just returned from the four-day Netroots Nation Conference in Philadelphia. Although I went as COO of Democracy Counts, I’m way too much of a writer not to be aware of how a conference or convention can benefit those of us who are freelance writers. Netroots is a progressive political organization but it doesn’t really matter what kind of conference or convention you’re attending. Here’s what I mean.

A conference or convention can lead to one or more assigned articles

Once you know you’re scheduled for some sort of meeting – regional, national, international or even city-wide – ask yourself who would benefit from an article about that meeting. That answer can range all over the place, from small-town local newspaper to big international magazines. Don’t overlook industry trade magazines.


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