So I just got a polite tap on the shoulder asking if I’d like to write about writing.
Does a bear shit in the woods? (Not if it’s a polar bear!)
I never say no to a good challenge so let’s get this show on the road.
What am I working on?
Well I’ve just finished a website for a brand of organic dips. Word styling for websites can be tricky to write at times because SEO words need to be carefully threaded in about 300 words of text on each page so Google is happy and directs traffic to it.
But it’s not too hard and once you get into the zone you can usually get a page written in an hour or so depending on the complexity of the subject.
Some of the subjects I’ve written about include; IT technology, Ayurvedic medicine, hair and makeup services, insurance, home renovation and residential development.
I’ve also scored a gig (not singing thankfully) writing features and weekly blogs for a website that’s about to launch. It’s a biggie here on the Gold Coast but I can’t say much more until it goes live.
I’m particularly proud of a piece I’ve submitted about a motorcycle champ who was about to turn pro but had an accident at just 19 and became a quadriplegic. Seven years later he’s married, has a toddler and a thriving business. He was truly inspirational and I felt honoured to be able to share his story.
Then there’s my weekly quota of advertorial features, yawn! If you’ve never had the pleasure of writing one you’ve likely read a few in your time.
Basically when someone buys a certain sized advert in the newspaper they get ‘added value’ in the form of a free editorial, eg a blurb about their business or service. I’m the sucker that gets to write them.
It can be tricky because so many biz owners think they can write and don’t want you to change their 50 word intro but I generally talk them around to my way of thinking.
One week I had 25 to do, last week I had 12 and this week I’ll probably get about 18 to 20. I’m busier in the lead up to events such as Easter, Christmas etc when people spend more money on advertising.
I think that’s about it. For my blog I have to write about my detox and in July I have a sponsored post. I haven’t sent letters to brands about sponsored posts yet because as you can see I don’t actually have heaps of spare time.
And if I am going to write about a product or service I expect to be paid fairly well and we all know that lots of brands/PR think us bloggers should push products and services for peanuts.
Oh wait I also wrote a press release last week, eg spinning shit to make a product or service sound fabulous and not really caring whether it is or not. This goes against the journo in me but it pays well and I can do it with my eyes closed.
(Have I bored you yet? Shall I keep writing about writing?)
How does my writing differ from other in its genre?
I don’t have a genre in regards to my paid writing because basically I’ve written in all sorts of styles and publications.
When I was a journo I did pretty everything including; real estate, cars guide, first-person pieces, court reporting (now this is an eye opener) council reporting (boring) police rounds (interesting but also sad) general news and I’ve even covered a few sporting events (which I really hate).
My blog falls into the personal and parenting genre and I’m not the best person to ask how my writing differs from my fellow bloggers, my readers are.
But I suspect some would say that I’m off-beat, honest, silly, have no shame, take too many photos of sunsets, a try hard, sometimes funny, a bit random and VERY MESSY!
Why do I write?
So I can afford to drink, just kidding.
It’s probably the only thing that I’m actually really good at and it comes surprisingly easy to me.
I tried being a waitress but I got fat because I couldn’t say no to the chef’s daily special. I worked in retail at uni and you couldn’t pay me enough to be nice to wankers!
I’m also not model material because I don’t like the taste of tissues, and I could never be an Olympic athlete because my boobs are too big.
Seriously how many big chested women are top notch sports stars? And I’m not talking your small DD’s I’m talking BIG whoopers such as F and H cups.
In regards to my blog I write to entertain and amuse people with my honest take on life.
How does my writing process work?
I’m not a planner and I don’t have a blogging schedule. In fact of the 355 posts I’ve published I’d say only 20 have been scheduled, the rest I write the day they are posted or the night before if I’m really organised!
But I don’t suggest this – it’s quite stressful if you’re not used to working/writing under pressure. Thankfully I am.
My paid work ALWAYS takes priority because it has to.
Like right now I have a 700-word feature due tomorrow (Tues) and so this is how my writing process looks for this:
* crickets chirping
Did you see it? No? That’s because I don’t have a writing process, I just write. And this is why I’ll probably never write a book because you have to be VERY organised and disciplined to do so.
Although a psychic in New York did tell a 20-year-old that me that I would write a book one day – I hope she’s right!
Oh and here is where all my genius happens folks. I gave up my office for one of my children and now my work space is in the lounge/kitchen/dining area.
I hope that wasn’t too painful to read through.
So I’m asking three other bloggers to take part in the Why I Write Blog Hop – well I’ve only got confirmation from two that they can actually take part so I hope the other lovely lady gets the memo and says yes.
You see I forgot to ask these bloggers in advance – cos that’s how I roll – like a TRAIN WRECK!
Please put your hands together for this terrific trio:
Aroha from Colours of Sunset
So I’m a working mum, wife and because life isn’t busy enough I’m also studying at university! I love the great outdoors, exercising, golf, tennis and socialising with my friends. My blog is a mixed bag of my life, infertility, politics and garbage. Oh and sometimes I drink too much on school nights!
Claire from Clairey Hewitt
Lisa from Mrs BC’s House of Chaos
This blog is my place to seek happiness in the chaos – the chaos of never ending home renovations, family adventures with monkey children and an accident prone husband. The happiness part is the silver lining of belly laughs, and heart warming, mind boggling, fun. I know it’s there somewhere!
Did you learn anything new about me in this VERY VERY long and probably boring post?
Is your desk as messy as mine?
And have your big boobs stopped you from becoming an elite athlete?
I’m inspired to blog on Tuesday by Jess over at Essentially Jess for IBOT