holli jo - It cracks me up that two months is considered “so long” in blogging time. I hear people all the time say things like “I’ve been blogging for six months!” as if it makes them an old hand at it. In some respects, I guess it really does.
Ally - I’ve noticed that you have a couple of blogs serving different purposes, and that seems like a great approach to me.]]>
Rachel - I firmly believe that it’s A-OK to run a blog just because you want to, not because it is tied in with your business. My Something Good blog has been running for nearly a year and a half, and I don’t even have it monetized or anything! I just love the topic.]]>
If anything I’ve been thinking about starting a food blog, but not because one of my regular gigs involves writing about restaurants–only because I really like food. Would that help me in the future? Maybe, if I want to expand my food coverage. Hmm.]]>
Can’t wait to hear your blogging ideas.]]>
Even though we are not a freelance business, but we still think having a blog will allow us to ‘connect’ with our user community - hopefully creating something of a personal bond between ourselves and our members.]]>
In your case, there were a few possible solutions:
Continue with the client and YOU subcontract the work to other writers - with the client’s knowledge. Never subcontract and hide that fact from clients.
Write a list of all the possible angles. Mindmap. Problogger.net recently had a great article about this.
Take a break. Instead of quitting, take some time off from the contract.
Don’t be literal. When someone asks you to write on firetrucks, and you’ve covered every possible aspect, look further than the literal topic at hand. How about community spirit and the addition of firetrucks in parades? How about the best wax for your car, used by firemen?
(talking off the top of my head, here…)
However, I do think you made the right choice to tell the client you weren’t doing the project justice any more. Even if the client is happy, you weren’t. End of story.]]>
I’m ready to start making some money in 2008.
If I could get paid to write - even enough to keep me in printer ink - I’d be over the moon. Except, possibly, with a less cliched expression for being really, really happy.]]>
That being said, I also have not taken projects that were for terrible products. I was commissioned to write for a financial product once that was downright harmful to folks and I just couldn’t sell the thing without feeling like a heel.
You have to draw the line somewhere for yourself. If the product is going to potentially cause them harm then that’s one thing, if it’s just a little bit of wasted money then that may be something different. It depends on your personal comfort, and your financial status!
To put a little wrench in things…what do you do when you’re just dog tired of writing about the same subject day after day week after week and you know that the content is beginning to sound pretty weak however the client is still happy and paying you? I had to make this decision recently and I had to offer the client alternative writers to work with. I’m pretty sure he was angry and hasn’t contacted me again but hey…that’s okay!]]>
And it gets so much better when you have given birth (to both)!]]>
What a great collection of links. I even discovered a new blog (Self Made Chick).
I stumbled this so it will find a wider audience.]]>
So! Back to the point! All writers chime in! Have you ever been in the situation where you wondered which to choose, quality or money?]]>
I have no bad feelings over here at all! Perhaps I’ve been projecting thoughts onto you that you don’t actually have (or perhaps I remember you once saying you enjoy a good debate, and I’m taking you up on that offer). Either way, I mean no disrespect.]]>