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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?).
- 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.
- 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!).
- 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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