I found a link to this article on websites on your blog, and your advice is similar to advice I’m hearing elsewhere.
The only real question I have is: What should I blog about?
I’ve been a full-time general-assignment journalist for more than 13 years, and am now looking for freelance writing work pretty much anywhere I can get it. I don’t want to limit myself, but I’ve read that being a generalist is a bad idea, too. Without a focus, I fear the blog will be “thoughts while shaving,” which won’t pull in readers, either.
I’m guessing you don’t often answer questions like this, but if you have any suggestions at all, I’d be most grateful.
Thanks, and keep up the good work!
SM via email
The first question is: what are you trying to accomplish? If what you want is a site to market yourself and your writing that’s one thing. If you actually want to start a blog and write regular posts and attract readers and make some money from it that’s another thing entirely.
I do suggest using blog software in either case. For example, annewayman.com, which is the site I actually promote my writing services, is now in blog format. For years it had been a static web site developed with html – you can get a peek at what it used to be like on the waybackmachine.
I moved it to a blog format using WordPress and the Thesis Theme because now it’s easy to update. I don’t update it often, but when I do it’s easy breezy. The fact that it’s created on a blog content management system doesn’t show, really, to its audience.
This blog is run on the same platform – WordPress with Thesis. It too is easy to update and change and I use it as a blog with frequent updates. This site also makes me some money as a blog.
The blog software is incidental, or almost incidental, to the purpose of the site.
Now if you want to run a blog with frequent posts, etc. etc. etc., a general blog might work. The domain name, thoughtswhileshaving.com has already been taken, but the concept could be interesting and even could make some money if you spend the time marketing it. The quickest way to come up to speed and be successful is probably through the A-List Blogger Club.
On the other, if you just want to promote yourself and your writing, go for it, using a blog platform.
Do you have a question about freelance writing? Contact me with Q&A in the subject line and I’ll probably answer it.
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