I took my very first journalism class, with actual article assignments, my second semester of Freshman year in college. I had moved from California to Boston only four months before and still couldn’t figure out how to get from campus to the Boston Common (I have no sense of direction.) Being in a newish city, being new to journalism, and not being a sports fan, I had a challenging experience writing an article about the Boston Red Sox. I believe the assignment was to go out and talk to five...Read more
The joy of proofreading
Because you can’t be creative without changing your scenery every once in a while
It’s challenging to do the same type of task each day in the exact same spot. As a content creator, I'm writing everyday. The type of writing I do changes — sometimes it’s an email, other days it’s blog posts, and there are even times where I spend an entire day doing research in preparation to write. Regardless of the content type or the subject matter, my time working is spent with my computer, typing away…and I love it. I’m actually doing what I love to do, but there are days when...Read more
Some suggestions on what to read to get the creativity flowing
Being an active writer is about practice. Writing is a skill you have to work at to perfect. You must be prepared to muddle through many drafts of a single piece and realize that a first draft is never perfect as is. Writing also requires an understanding of style. As a freelance content creator, I’m often called upon to write for different audiences in different tones. In creative writing, understanding style can help you put substance into a story that simply sets the stage. While you can...Read more
It’s not as easy as it looks
When your income is tied to freelancing, you don’t have built-in vacation days where you still get paid. Taking time off means you don’t make money. Not only that, but being unavailable means you can potentially miss lucrative opportunities for work.
So, how do you get that much needed time off? Here are some ways I’ve managed to make it work without worrying that my freelancing career is suffering.
Snag a long weekend
After seven months freelancing without taking a day off, I was in...Read more
From one person’s perspective
This is not a heavily researched timeline of how content has been used professionally, but rather my own perspective. Having been in marketing, in one capacity or another, for over 15 years, I’ve seen so many things change as technology has enabled messaging to reach an audience in more unique and immediate ways. I feel as if my time in marketing has fallen during a huge turning point, enabling me to see how we used to do it, how we tried to keep up, and what it has become today. In sharing...Read more