July 29, 2016

Top 11 Blog Posts from 2011

New YearThe end of the year is a good time to reflect over the past 12 months and think about where you want to go in the coming year.

I’m still mulling over my goals for 2012 and how to achieve them, but in the meantime, here’s a look at my 11 most interesting (in my opinion and also judged by the number of comments) blog posts from 2011.

    1. 30 Writing Quotes to Kick Off 2011
      Blogger readers seem to love quotes, whether funny, inspirational, or both. I get a lot of retweets when I tweet quotes, but I recently saw a tweet that discouraged this practice, because “I want to know what you think, not what Ghandi or JFK thought.” I can see that point of view, but I also think quotes have their place … in moderation, of course.
    2. The Ultimate Money Guide for Freelance Writers
      Money (or the lack thereof) is a frequent source of stress for freelancers and other indie professionals, so I compiled a list of resources on paying taxes, setting fees, and managing irregular cash flow.
    3. 5 Lame Excuses from Late-Paying Clients–And How to Respond
      Few things rile freelancers more than late-paying clients. This post includes some of the sarcastic retorts I’ve been tempted to say, along with more mild-mannered responses.
    4. Looking for Freelance Gigs? 5 Groups to Tap Into
      This year I tested the waters of video blogging and this video about where to find decent-paying freelance clients was one of my early attempts.
    5. How Do You Know if a Website Pays? 
      It’s a valid question, especially when you’re looking at websites or other publications that use a lot of user-generated content. This post offers strategies to ensure that you aren’t wasting your time on non-paying markets.
    6. No Writing Clips? Here’s How to Land an Assignment Without Them
      Newbie writers offer agonize over their lack of clips, but it’s not as much of a road block as many of them think. In this post, I revealed some workarounds for this problem.
    7. The Freelance Writer’s Interview Checklist
      Whether you’re interviewing professors or “real people” sources, this checklist should help you remember to ask key questions like the spelling of the source’s name and whether it’s OK to record the interview.
    8. The Pros and Cons of Freelance Copywriting
      For readers curious about the freelance copywriting world, this post covers the highs (no more query letters!) and the lows (can you say scope creep?).
    9. In Defense of Passive Verbs
      English teachers hate passive verbs, but in this contrarian post, I explain why they have their place in many types of writing.
    10. 12 Places to Find Freelance Writing Gigs
      For those who are still trying to build their freelance networks and their portfolio, this post lists several websites offering freelance writing opportunities (and notice there’s not a content mill to be found!).
    11. 8 Ways Freelancers Can Show Gratitude
      Although this post was written in anticipation of Thanksgiving, it has relevance to other times of the year, too. After all, gratitude should be an ongoing (not a once year) thing, as one sage commenter points out.

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  1. Susan, Your blog is a wonderful resource. Thanks for sharing your top posts; I’ll enjoy re-reading them, I’m sure. And I’m confident I’ll learn something new the second time around!

  2. Hi! Great article. I borrowed your image above for my Facebook profile. It’s great!

  3. Thank you Susan. This is a keeper.

  4. Read ’em all. Loved ’em all too. I find such great writerly advice here. Look forward to more of the same in 2012.

  5. Great collection, good advice. Wishing you much success in the new year!