Tag Archive: freelance writer

Apr 28

The First Draft

In the early 1990s, George R.R. Martin (GRRM) called it quits with Hollywood and hunkered down at his home in New Mexico.  He was tired of being told to cut his scripts down, and he wanted to write a sprawling epic that was not constrained by budgets or other meddlesome hands.  He began to write …

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Jul 09

The Importance of Website Content

Website content is probably the most viewed content today.  And yet, I think it’s often written as an afterthought.  Sometimes website content focuses on over-selling a business, or it doesn’t include enough information about a product.  For example, a client of mine (a Portland-area dentist) told me that my home page didn’t sell my services …

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Apr 24

The Lucky Seven

Although Twitter and Facebook dominate the blogging and sharing spaces in our lives, there is something pretty special about blog memes.   A typical blog meme entails some kind of a list, then you “tag” your friends, ask them to make their own lists, tag more friends, and so on.  I fondly remember a few blog …

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Apr 18

Reaching Your Audience

Astoria

If you’re a small business owner, reaching your audience can be a challenge.  As a freelance writer, I’ve certainly encountered that dilemma.  I re-started my freelance writing career just over two years ago, in an economic environment that can be challenging.  I think many small business owners can relate.  The economy is improving (my business …

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Mar 03

Small Business Owners and Dave

We're all Dave

If your job title is “freelance writer,” then prospects, clients, friends, and strangers on the street understand your core competency and value.  But it also means you wear all the entrepreneurial hats.  (Some folks call this being a “solopreneur.”) Right now, I outsource my accounting, but I do everything else … sales, project management, accounts …

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Feb 22

Working From Home: Pros and Cons

home office

One of the perks of being a freelance writer (especially in a pedestrian/mass transit friendly place like Portland, Oregon) is the ability to work flexible hours.  At the present time, I work from a home office.   It can be an equitable arrangement, especially since my wife paints her pet portraits from home, too.  I …

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Jan 31

Your Favorite Music

As a freelance writer near Portland, Oregon, I appreciate songs that are powerful and meaningful.   Portland is a music-loving city.  And, of all the content in the world, nothing brings people together or tears them apart more than a song.   Many of my friends, past and present, would happily classify themselves as music elitists.   …

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Jan 09

2012

I hope everyone had a great winter holiday, and that 2012 is treating you well so far.   As I mentioned last year, I prefer aspirations to resolutions.  My aspirations this year are basically an extension of last year’s …  grow, read more, and volunteer more. I have one more entry in my “great writing” series:  …

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Dec 22

Freelance Writer: Brand Loyalty, Empathy, and Coffee

My precious....

I’ve mentioned to friends and family that working as a freelance writer  makes me more understanding of service providers I use.  I have to be the recipient of truly rude and reprehensible customer service to get growly right back. Brand loyalty is earned not just by consistently great service, but when things don’t always go …

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Dec 02

Freelance Writer: Guest Posting … Again!

I have another guest blog post up for freelance writers (and anyone else) at Emily Suess’s blog.   This time I talk about how intuition can really help you  at the beginning of a project.   And I also link it to Star Wars.   Because, y’know, that’s how I roll.

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