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  1. waxingpoetic

    waxingpoetic Well-Known Member

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    Jenn,
    First let me say...thank you for your time...you know, get the nice out of the way up front. ;)

    I'll be very real and honest with you...I find myself intimidated by your posts, websites and EVERYTHING because they are so perfect. I HATE that...I don't want someone who gives me something to strive for to be better...I want to be the best...or at least on an even plane. I hope you take that as a compliment...even though I said I was done being nice. ;)

    I have NEVER asked anyone to hand anything to me. My shortcomings are certainly not due to lack of effort or enthusiasm on my part, but other issues of which I am aware.

    As far as building a platform...that is in the works. I lost my website when I lost my income and I reverted back to Blogger because at least it was "out there"...even if it was a pitiful attempt. I have been actively building my Facebook presence as a writer. One thing at a time, right?
    SEMrush
    I like how you reinforce that my journey has been mine...and I ultimately choose the path of my career. That is something that I learned over the years that I worked as a Technical Writer...

    which brings me to my next point. I haven't been that active on DP for a while because I don't have the time...or I'm not making the time rather. So, you are right...my profile needs to be updated thoroughly. Thanks again for taking the time to point out some things that I can do personally...even though I was done being nice. :D I suppose I should swallow my pride and really take to heart the information that you provide on your websites and links. *gulp* Have a GREAT day.
     
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  2. jhmattern

    jhmattern Illustrious Member

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    While I wouldn't advocate Blogger to someone looking at options for a new site, at least it's a site. That's much better than not having one at all -- no central hub that's your own (and that can be found in the search engines). You don't even have to post much on DP. Most of my own posting here has very little to do with this section any more (mostly mod stuff), but work offers still come in based on old posts (and you have a good number of old posts -- it's about making what you've done already work hard for you so you don't have to work as hard at getting clients later). It's good that you're not in the group who just ask the rest of us to fork over the good markets. It amazes me how many writers expect that (which is funny considering some of us already DO point them to gigs, markets, etc. if they'd take 5 minutes to run a search). Some people are beyond hope. Those who are willing to work hard and figure out the right path for themselves rather than settling for what's easiest in the moment are a different story. And it sounds like you're in that second group, but just finding your way. You will. :)
     
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    waxingpoetic Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Jenn. I just wanted to say, too, that I spent a couple hours last night pouring over AllFreelanceWriting. Well, as much pouring as you can do in a couple hours, and I found some GREAT advice which makes me an aaaaah...you know...in my previous post. There is some wonderful content on that site. In fact, it's still up in a tab. :D Yay for your bounce rate!

    Anyway...for others on this thread and those that run by it in the future...it is worth your while to check out Jenn's sites. Everything you need to know to do this freelance thang...is there.
     
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    I can't take all the credit. I have a great team. :) They cover all the things I can't (like being a work at home parent, freelance finance issues, etc. -- that's why I bring in the specialists). The featured posts in the sidebar are a good place to start, and you should look at the freebies page (linked in the black bar at the top). We have free wordpress themes to help writers build their own sites (no credit links required), and free interactive tools like an online freelance hourly rate calculator. When you crunch the numbers with a tool like that and take into consideration that there are higher taxes (so a freelance income is less than an equivalent salary with an employer when it comes to take-home pay), that's when a reality check on sites like eHow can set in. In comparison, we only list jobs in our Tuesday listings if they pay $50 per article or more, to help readers take a step up if they're stuck in low paying markets. And if you have specific questions, feel free to ask and we can address those issues on the blog. It's sometimes hard to remember what we've covered, nonetheless what we haven't yet. :)
     
    jhmattern, Feb 15, 2010 IP