What I’ve Been Up To…


Hey. How do? 🙂

Ok, so where do I start?

A lot has happened since my last post; the most significant is…

I’ve gone back to freelance writing.

I thought about it. Thought about it long and hard…and decided (after much inner kicking and screaming) to revisit that part of what I used to do.

Soooo, I approached a former client I used to write for. My best client ever. The coolest.

Started writing the first line of my email to him, thought I sounded STOOPID, so saved it in draft.

Then, hours later, I decided to just go for it, damn it – wrote the email asking if I could come back for 6 months to a year, then pressed ‘Send’ before any hint of psychoanalysis could kick in.

The next morning, I get a real friendly email welcoming me back and asking me if I could start immediately!

Chuffed and relieved? An understatement.

I’m even getting paid a bit more than I used to. 🙂

My weak points…overcoming them…trying to…

Meeting deadlines has been a problem for me. If I had a deadline to meet by, say, Friday, I’d spend all week worrying about it rather than actually doing the damn work. I’d put off the writing for as long as I could, ’til Thursday or so. Then, come Thursday, I’d start to really panic and get properly stressed out.

I now know (well I’ve known for a while) that the ‘deadline syndrome’ was based on fear: pure and simple. Fear of the sum of what I had to do. Fear of opening myself up to my work being looked at. Fear of taking action.

This time round…

This time, I decided there was little point going back into freelance writing if I wasn’t willing to make some changes.

Bearing that in mind, I’m happy to say I recently wrote a piece for my client and met the deadline!

How I did it:

– I started doing the research 3 days before the deadline (trust me, this is a HUGE improvement on my part)

– Instead of focusing on the whole piece, I broke it up into small manageable chunks and just dealt with each chunk at a time.

– I’m your typical Gemini; I have a short attention span, bore easily and thrive on variety. I can’t sit down and spend more than an hour or two writing an article without some serious squirming. So what I did was intersperse my day with other work I had to do, alternating between them.

– I had a daily to-do list which really helped.

So, yeah. So far, so goody oh.

Felt really good handing that piece in; a sense of achievement.

Ermmm, other things I’ve been up to…

– proofreading…

I’ve been getting more proofreading work. One’s an existing client who’s been making more orders. The other came after I created a thread advertising it as a service. I’d love to add more clients to my workload, so we’ll see how that goes.

– forum posting…

I haven’t done paid forum posting in a good good while, but I’ve been giving it a dabble recently. Got one that’s fairly long term. New forum – good to be a part of it from the start. Doesn’t feel too tasking as I find the topic cool. The pay on offer was initially 10 cents a post, but was upped to 15 cents/post. I wouldn’t mind joining an additional forum; I have to find it really interest, though (very important) and it has to pay better.

I wouldn’t mind doing a bit of blog commenting work too (tends to pay better).

Sooo, that’s what I’ve been up to.

Hope y’all have had a good weekend 🙂

I’m out…

Ebele.

6 comments

  1. TriNi

    Seems like you’ve made some good choices! So glad you decided to stick with the freelance thing after all because you’re really such a good writer and it would be a shame for all that to go to waste, plus, I’m sure the extra money was quite an incentive!

    I know because I’ve never appreciated the money I make online, more than I do right now.

    Just found a new apartment for us to move into and for the first time ever, we have to pay RENT. Wish me luck lol.

    Really hoping I can start working harder on my blog and making some more money online.

    Anyway… good luck with all your new (and old) ventures! Hope they work out well for you!!

    TriNi @ Make Money Online Free

  2. ebele

    Oh congrats, hun, on the new apartment. You’ll be fine. You’re really good at making money online. Once you ramp up the effort, you’ll be flying.

    re: the freelance writing – it’s cool to be back with my former client. I’ve just gotta learn to anticipate and counteract my weak points. So far, so good, though. The more I write, the more I think I’ll get used to it.

    Have a lovely lovely weekend with your new Mr, hun.

    Take care now…

  3. ebele

    Kedu?

    Aww, thanks for that. Will get in touch with her soon.

    Freelance writing: I mostly blog – across a handful of topics. In time, I’d like to narrow it down to just a few areas.

    Take care 🙂

  4. ebele

    Hey,

    If I don’t have knowledge of a topic, if I’m curious enough about it, I’ll usually give it a go. Otherwise, I tend to leave it well alone.

    I think you’re a really good writer. Could you advertise it as a service on your blog, explaining the topics you’re open to writing about? (rolling my eyes: hmm, I need to take a leaf out of my own book and do the same thing on my blog, shouldn’t I?)

    Take care now…

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