Do I Need a Blog to Become a Freelance Writer?

Sunday, July 16, 2017
Keeping a personal blog was what allowed me to become a freelance writer. If you remember from my first post, an editor finding my blog and asking to republish one of my posts was the most important connections I made early in my freelance career. I was able to leverage that connection into my first paid writing gig. That gig gave me my first clips for my freelance writing portfolio.

I have talked to a lot of women who don't blog, but they write privately and would like to start publishing their writing. More often than not, they ask me the same question:

Do I need a blog to become a freelance writer?


The answer? It really depends.

A blog certainly is not the only way to start a writing career. If you’re just getting started, the most important thing, in my experience, is that you have writing samples. So, whether you’re writing in a google document, writing on your blog or taking on unpaid assignments from websites who will publish new writers, you’ve got to have a way to get writing samples under your belt.

So, no, you don’t need a blog to become a freelance writer, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider starting one anyway.

In my opinion, even though a lot of people believe that personal blogging is dead (I'm not one of those people), a blog is the most common sense way to start gathering your writing. It doesn’t really matter if you’ve been published or not, making your blog the one place you share you clips or the writing you've been doing on your own time is simple and I'm a big fan of keeping things easy.

Honestly, I’m not an expert on blogging. I’m working on that, but I since I’m still learning I feel the most comfortable referring you to someone who really knows their stuff. Kristin Larsen of Believe in a Budget does an amazing job at outlining how to start a blog in less than 15 minutes on her blog.

I started my blog. Now what?


Now that you’ve set up your blog, it’s time to start writing. I’ve been mostly a really terrible blogger (really!) but the one thing I learned is that the things you publish on your blog should mimic what you see yourself publishing elsewhere.

Do you plan to writing personal essays about parenting? Start writing those essays on your blog.

Do you want to writing about food? Start a food blog, telling the stories of local restaurants.

Consistent writing that fits well in your desired niche is going to refine your writing skills, help you generate more ideas and give you samples to fall back on until you have published clips. You don’t need to write frequently or even try to grow your audience, you simply need to write.

Time to get started. Quit waiting for the perfect idea or the perfect life circumstance to come along. Start your blog, start writing your heart out and make your first steps towards your freelance career.

-Mary

P.S. I know getting started is hard. If you want to talk it through, I'm still taking on coaching clients for August. Shoot me an email. We'll video chat and email back and forth all month about what steps you need to take to start freelance writing.


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