I'm new here and have been hanging around for a little bit. I like the place and hope to learn lots and eventually share some of my experiences down the road.
I've got some questions for you all.
I've been reading about freelance blogging and am drawn to it, but I'm also somewhat skeptical about the claims I read. Is it really possible to make $100 per post? How may here are actually doing that? How long are those posts and how are you finding clients that will pay that?
I've been to several blogs lately that used to pay for posts but they are not any more? How has the downturn in the economy affected your ability to make money freelance blogging?
Anybody feel like jumping in with some thoughts?
- Yes, it really is possible to make $100 per post. I just got a new contract yesterday to write 800-word posts for $300 apiece.
- How many bloggers here are making hundreds per post, I don't know. We'll have to wait and see what others say.
- For me, a $100 post is typically between 250 and 500 words.
- I get most of my clients through word-of-mouth, but I also pick up high-paying gigs through a couple of websites like PeoplePerHour.com and ProBlogger.net.
- Some blogs have stopped paying for posts, others have recently started paying as they realise that better content is more effective. Many blogs that pay for posts simply don't mention money until you query them.
- The economy has had little to no effect on my business. I lost one big client back in April 2012 after Google's search updates knocked them into obscurity ovenight, but I've had as much work as ever and at somewhat better rates than last year...
Hope this helps. :)
From the Hill: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/293601-rep-stockman-if-babies-had-guns-they-wouldnt-be-aborted.
Absolutely amazing...and completely disgusting. The more I watch politicians the more I believe that in order to be successful in politics you must first submit to a frontal lobotomy.
This is nothing more than an attempt to build a sound bite for self-promotion. That’s what disgusts me.
Look, I don’t personally like abortion and I’m not a fan of bad guys having guns. But I embrace enough realism to know that human nature is not controllable by law. Did no one learn anything from the Prohibition Era?
Illegal abortions have occurred well before Roe vs. Wade and did untold damage to women. And guns? My dad used to say “Locks only keep the honest people out.” Gun laws only keep the honest people vulnerable. Bad guys don’t care about gun laws. They will always find a way.
Stockman is counting on the controversy to keep him in the public eye in his bid for re-election. I get that it’s part of a marketing campaign, but come on. Babies and guns? Baby’s owning guns? Why do we keep putting up with sound bites that are simply absurd? Why do we put up with sound bites at all? Aren’t you getting tired of issues being reduced to moronic bumper sticker cuteness? What happened to actually discussing the issues in a civil manner? Is that even possible anymore?
I’m tired of politicians who incessantly spit out simplistic answers to questions that need to be explored with intelligence and patience. I’m tired of the internet trolls who only wish to antagonize and can’t think past their own stupid sound bites. I keep wondering when we’ll grow up and start thinking before we speak.
But that’s just my opinion. What’s yours? I’d like to hear.
Step 1: Wait for some sort of planetary crisis that requires rapid evacuation of the entire planet;
Step 2: Issue the evacuation order and instructions via the Internet, but insert an absolutely trivial error into the text that in no way obscures or effects the message itself;
Step 3: Evacuate the useful majority of the planet while the rest waste time at their keyboards, angrily pointing out the mistake and demanding a full acknowledgement of this shameful and inexcusable carelessness.
Step 4: Enjoy a complementary beverage in the starliner, smiling at the thought that everyone who ever griefed you online will slowly axphyxiate after the asteroid hits Earth. It's all going to be OK; yes, many of the people on the escape ships know that a tomato is classified as a fruit, not a vegetable, but no surviving human is willing to make an issue out of it.
This brilliant idea came to me when I retweeted a local weather warning from a respected local meteorologist. Respondent 1 questioned the meteorologist's use of National Hurricane Center data and Respondent 2 incorrectly criticized him for using "overnight" as a verb. It's a brilliant scheme and I confess that I felt like Dr. Who when I came up with it.
Incidentally, this post contains several intentional errors:
1) "Useless" is a superlative; nothing can be "most useless."
2) In "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy," it's the Golgafrincham "B" ark that contains the useless part of the Golgafrincham society, not the "D" Ark.
3) Though "effect" can be used as a noun or a verb, in "Step 2" the correct word is "affect."
4) It's always "Doctor Who" or "The Doctor." Never "Dr."
If you already leaped to post a response pointing out any of these errors...enjoy the apocalypse. :)
I've been thinking about Kevin Ware, laying up in a hospital bed tonight, wondering about his future, and the thoughts going through my mind informed me about a few things I want to share with you.
You might think that you have lots of years left on this earth, lots of opportunities, options galore, but the truth is, you just dont know.
You might think that waiting one more year for that dream vacation you've been wanting to share with your family is a prudent economic decision.
You might think that what went on in Cypress cant happen in the western world, that when it comes down to it, politicians will choose you over the banks that fund their campaigns.
You might think that the person you neglect, ignore, and say harsh things to, will keep on forgiving you and remain patiently by your side.
You might think there is some kind of honor in working like a madman to make someone else rich while you can barely pay your bills.
You might think that crazy idea you have is just the product of a wandering mind, and has no chance of success.
What I am trying to say, is that today is all you know that you have. You have no idea about tomorrow, and what it might bring.
You may think you have it all figured out, when in fact, tomorrow might screw up your entire life's plan.
My advice, whether you want it or not, is to love those you love, like tomorrow is not promised to you, because it aint.
Take that trip, buy that house, marry that woman/man, get that degree, start that business, have that baby, buy that puppy, learn to do that thing you always dreamed of, and whatever you do, love your people like you might never see them again.
Make it happen, because in reality, nobody is stopping you, but you.
Just go for it.
Thanks for reading.
"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart." - Steve Jobs
Hi, my name is David Pancost and I’m a freelance writer. I hope that didn’t sound too much like an AA introduction, though writing can be addictive.
I discovered writing late in life after many work experiences. I’ve been an associate pastor, a music director, a maintenance person, a customer service representative, a computer programmer and web developer. Most of these jobs were okay. Some were even enjoyable, but none of them ever really satisfied.
For me, writing scratches the itch. The power of words to persuade, lead, entertain and communicate constantly amazes me. I am grateful, and excited to be able use mine to help others communicate there value to the world.