It may have gotten buried in the past seven years, but my original intent with starting this blog was to use it as a platform to get myself jobs. Freelance jobs, and a real non-secretarial job. I have succeeded on both fronts (thank you), but wanted to talk about how my freelancing has evolved through the years.
I blogged for nearly a year before I started querying local publications about writing for them. My very first freelance gig was with Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, writing about a cooking class at UofSC. I wrote for them sporadically over the next year or so, until they got a new editor. That was ok though, because by then I had been asked by the Free Times to start writing for them, in 2013.
My Free Times gig has morphed a lot. It began as a monthly food feature, then I put together a weekly newsletter and began doing shorter blog posts in addition to the monthly food feature. The newsletter part fell away, and I blogged a little more. When I took on my current job, I stepped away from the regularly scheduled food feature and into a blog-as-able basis. Some weeks that means no blogs, and some weeks I’m flinging out three posts. It varies depending on what’s going on, my real work schedule, my real life schedule, and how I feel. For example, I was miserable with allergies in September and only did two blog posts and wrote one news story. Sad for my check, but it I needed the rest.
I don’t pursue much other freelancing, but sometimes it comes to me, which is the best (hint hint perhaps). I recently completed a writing project for Experience Columbia SC and their website refresh. I also have been contributing to the Good Life blog once a month for about two years now. That one also came to me, through a friend who was working at the agency that started the blog.
On the non-writing front, I manage the web content for another client, which is basically one of the things I do for my full-time job. It’s gratifying and I know I’m using my skills in a way that is pleasing the people I’m working for. Plus, the extra money is excellent.
Some people ask me if I want to freelance full-time and the answer is HAHA NO. I need the stability of a regular paycheck, with the freelance as padding, as icing on the cake of my life. It’s not that I don’t think I could, but the feeling of not having to go hunt for more freelance work and deal with varying income boosts the quality of the work that I currently do.
And that’s what five years of freelancing looks like for someone who has just done it casually on the side, though I shouldn’t say it’s that casual as I define my life as it is now through the writing I do and the relationships I form through being able to do it.