I’ve often used these pages to extol the virtues of blogging if you work as a freelance writer, as a way to add to your skills and make yourself more marketable to online publications and other potential clients.
But why take my word for it?
Look through the blog roll for the 2012 Blogathon and you’ll see dozens of other freelance writers and journalist entrepreneurs who have incorporated blogging into their writing business. Some use blogs as test beds for subjects they’d like to learn more about. For others the subject matter is secondary to the writing practice. Still others use their blogs to showcase their work, or to make money from advertising or affiliate sales.
If you’re a freelancer who still hasn’t taking the plunge, what are you waiting for?
Blogathon writers who blog
Here’s a sample of the writers participating in this year’s event and what they blog about:
Arizona writer and author Jackie Dishner blogs at Bike with Jackie about “inspiration, encouragement, quirky stories, laughs and life-changing adventures.” This is Jackie’s fifth blogathon, and this year she’s graciously agreed to be a “Blogathon Ambassador” on the event’s Google Group to help out newer bloggers. She also wrote this guest post on why it pays to do a blogging challenge.
Barb Freda blogs about food at Babette’s Feast, including a recent post on food trends. When she’s not posting on her own blog, Fred writes about business, consumer technology, food, wine, and travel and works as a recipe developer.
Carrie Schmeck is a business copywriter in Redding, Calif., who blogs at BizziWriter. Carrie uses her blog to talk about her business and the business of being a copywriter. Every Friday she runs examples of bad copywriting, like this one.
Jennie Phipps is a former newspaper reporter and editor turned freelance journalist. She also owns Freelance Success, a members only website and forum for professional writers. In her spare time, Phipps blogs at Detroit on the Cheap, one of the string of frugal-living sites in the Living on the Cheap network. Leah Ingram, a freelancer and author whose Philly on the Cheap blog is also in the Living on the Cheap network, is doing the blogathon for the third time.
Sandra Hume is a Colorado freelance writer and editor and one of close to a dozen Freelance Success members – myself included – participating in this year’s blogathon. Hume’s blog, Little House Travel, is a travel guide for fans of the Little House and their families who want to travel to places that series author Laura Ingalls Wilder called home.
When Cheryl Wright isn’t writing her weekly column in the Trinidad Guardian‘s Womanwise Sunday magazine, she posts on her namesake blog about fashion, writing inspiration, how she spends her time, and just in time for Mother’s Day, her mother’s legacy of creativity.
Debbie Kaplan is a journalist specializing in family travel whose byline has appeared in publications such as Shape, Family Fun, AAA Traveler, and the Los Angeles Times. She uses her Frisco Kids blog to share kid-friendly trips and activities around the Bay Area, such as this one about summer concerts at Stern Grove.
Elizabeth King Humphrey is a Wilmington, N.C., freelance writer, editor, proofreader and writing coach who blogs at The Write Elizabeth about reading, writing, editing and parenting. In a recent post she shared her 5 favorite books on editing.
Anne Noble, a Michigan freelancer with nearly 30 years of experience in newspapers, magazines and corporate writing, blogs about family and other subjects at Mac’s Musings.
Ronda Levine is a Northern California editorial consultant, writer, editor and graduate teaching assistant. On her blog, Not Quite Ally McBeal, she covers a variety of subjects including relationship issues, inspiration, and her recent engagement – congrats!
Why your blog needs an ‘About’ page and a picture of you
If you’re a freelance writer or use your blog to promote your business, you have to do two things: create an About page and put your picture on it. You’d be surprised how many Blogathon bloggers’ websites I looked at to compile this list who had neither of those.
Another note: There’s no way I could include all the freelancers in this year’s blogathon in this list. If you’re participating, please feel free to add your name, the name of your blog and a link to a recent post that’s a good example of what you typically write about in a comment on this post.
Portland writers, there’s a reason none of you on on this list – I’m saving you to a separate write up after our May 18 IRL gathering – look for it next Saturday.