About WordCount

WordCount is a blog for independent writers.

I started it in January 2008 to chart how digital media is changing what news is and how entrepreneurial journalists and freelance writers cover it.

WordCount regularly checks in on what’s happening at newspapers, magazines and Web-based news organizations. I also write about the art and science of writing and how to run a freelance writing business.

As a long-time technology reporter, I keep track of the latest software tools, social networks and Web apps writers can use to do research, stay organized and be more productive.

WordCount has racked up a number of accolades, including being named one of the 2009 top 10 blogs for writers by Writing White Papers, a top 40 freelance writing blogs by oDesk, and a top 10 freelance blogs by blogRank.

WordCount also been featured in podcasts and an excerpt appeared in The New Writer’s Handbook 2008, an anthology for beginning writers published in August 2008 by Scarletta Press.

In addition to my blog posts here, you can read my guest posts at the TwiTip, The Social Writer, American Society of Business Publication Editors, The Renegade Writer and The Urban Muse.

To learn more about WordCount or me, email michellerafter (at) comcast.net.

Michelle V. Rafter

15 responses to “About WordCount”

  1. Nestor

    I created a website called NewsRemote.com. I also write a blog on various issues ranging from Politics to family. I’d like to offer my Blog to unemployed journalist who would like to continue to write as guest entires.
    Feel free to pass my information along to them.
    Kindest regards,
    Nestvman

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  4. Arlene Hauben

    I found your blog through LinkedIn. It is excellent. I am a freelance business writer and PR veteran. I am in the process of learning about social media strategies in this new age of communication. Thanks for all the great information you provide.

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    The freelance writing life is challenging and rewarding. I love it! I’m glad I found your blog, and look forward to reading it regularly.

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  9. Nancy

    I am a new blogger and have never written anything outside of the corporate world – reports, letters etc. What a fun experience! You blog offers great information for all levels. Thank you. Love it.

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  11. Mag.Syed Zafar Saeed

    W.W.Zinsser, on writing well, Parts 1, 2 and 4., which of the aspects that Zinsser mentions are relevant for scientific writing, which are probably not relevant or need to be transferred to make them applicable to scientific writing?
    I need the answer of these questions.

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