C is for Comments

cI have to be honest, I’m a little bit frustrated with the process of leaving comments on some of the sites I’ve visited for the A to Z challenge so far. I figured I might as well turn it into my rant for the day.

When you sign up for the A to Z challenge, the instructions are to make sure you aren’t using CAPTCHA forms, because that will decrease comments. I’m not 100% sure why they do that. I think it takes a lot less time to type in a short, extra word than it does to – ohhhhh – log into another account? [Read more...]

Why Every Freelance Writer Should Have a Blog

It seems that everyone has a blog these days – actors, musicians, salespeople, politicians, writers . . . and even people who claim to not have a writing bone in their body.  Blogs are an effective and fun medium for spreading ideas and expanding your social circle.  But what you, the freelancer, may not realize is that a blog is not only a novel way of sharing your creative talents, but that it can actually be a powerful marketing tool to help you grow your freelance career.  As a matter of fact, I’d even venture to say that a freelancer without a blog is like a job applicant without a resume.  Here are my reasons for why every freelance writer should have a blog:

Global Opportunity

The Internet is home to well over two billion users – users from every corner of the globe.  In this day and age, it is possible to reach people you’ll never have a chance to meet in person with just a few mouse clicks, and employers know that.  The web is rich with writing talent.  That’s why many people who are looking to hire a writer search online for prospects.  Where do you think they look, and what do you think they’re looking at?  You guessed it.  Blogs.  Not only will potential clients find you through your blog, but you can also exponentially increase your fan base (and, as a result, your chances of accomplishing your writing goals) by creating a blog that people like to read. [Read more...]