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A Little Self-Promotion


Just as Tamara and I were sort of lamenting how things had slowed down for us and were worried about keeping our momentum, Tuesday happened.  This day brought with it requests for us to work on two big new projects, an awesome recommendation from a client, the discovery that one of our jobs was paying considerably more than we originally thought, and the addition of yet another blog, among other things.  By the end of the day, we had to admit (loudly and often) that we do, indeed, rock!

In the midst of all this great news and hard work, we discovered that Allena Tapia had nominated us for Michael L. Stelzner’s “Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2007/2008.”  How cool is that?  To add to the excitement, our very own Wendy Piersall seconded the nomination.  I’m not 100% sure on how the whole process of choosing the top ten will actually work, but I know that the instructions for nominations say the following: 

Please make a single nomination by replying to this message and include why you like the blog (anonymous comments will be ignored). Be sure to include a link to the blog. To make the cut, a blog must be nominated more than once.

Obviously, we’re thrilled to have two nominations and are hopefully in the running.  On the other hand (and this is in no way intended to diminish how totally awesome we think these two nominations are) we noticed that neither actually says why they like Freelance Parent enough to nominate it.  So, if any of you wonderful folks felt inclined to add your two cents’ worth with a link and a quick couple of words as to why you think we’re worthy of nomination, we’d be tickled.

And now I have to go drink some ice water and recover from the weird hot feeling that comes with being embarrassed because you just asked someone for a compliment.

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    On November 9th, 2007 at 12:27 pm, Melissa Garrett said:

    Wonderful news! Congratulations!

    On November 9th, 2007 at 2:37 pm, Lorna Doone Brewer said:

    Thanks, Melissa!

    On November 10th, 2007 at 2:51 pm, Allena Tapia said:

    Hmm, I don’t have Michaels blog bookmarked, so I’ll just tell you here why I like to read you– Really it’s just a matter of being able to relate. your posts are about the same things that I deal with every.single.day.

    I have a question for ya, if you ever read this comment, do you link to this blog from the website that your clients see? I’m not sure you do.

    I’d like to write about a lot of the same day to day things of running a writing business at my gardenwallwriting.blogspot.com but I have to b careful of my clients. I guess it’s a matter of what your blog is FOR. I guess mine is more for self promotion, since I allow my cleints to click on it.

    On November 10th, 2007 at 3:00 pm, Mommy Cracked said:

    Congratulations!!! You ladies are awesome!

    On November 10th, 2007 at 3:04 pm, Lorna Doone Brewer said:

    Allena - Thanks for the kind words. The fact that people relate to what we’re experiencing really makes us both feel pretty good!

    (Gee, this got really long.)

    To answer your question: At this point, we don’t link to the blog from our website. (Actually, our website is still in its pre-polished state, so we haven’t seriously even promoted it yet.) Obviously, if someone Googled either one of us, the FP blog would come up, so it’s not like we’re hiding it. On the other hand, we’re not exactly directing current clients to the innermost workings or our combined little brains, you know?

    Tamara and I had to decide how far we wanted to go with this blog and how we would be perceived as a result of it. Our decision was to be quite transparent, and then to work with the clients who weren’t turned off by that. If a prospective client reads this and doesn’t want to work with us as a result, well, we don’t want to work with them, either. In a way, this blog has a lot to do with how we see our “brand.” We’re open, honest, and hard-working; and if you read here, hopefully that will be evident. If, on the other hand, you think we’re not worthy because we’ve admitted to occasional insecurities, you can go ahead and find someone else to do your work for you.

    It was a well-discussed and considered decision on our parts. I’m happy to say that we’ve already gotten at least one client simply because she read our blog and wanted to work with us.

    On November 10th, 2007 at 3:06 pm, Lorna Doone Brewer said:

    Mommy Cracked - Well, aren’t you just completely sweet?! Thanks so much!

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