The Pencil vs. the Sword

Ray Bradbury said, “You fail only if you stop writing.” Now, don’t get me wrong – I have no intention of becoming a famous writer. However, I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. Rest assured, it’s not for a lack of interest or any intentional rebellion. My lapse is due primarily to the fact that I’ve been writing elsewhere.

At Work

Some of you may know that my company was part of a merger in February. One of my favorite features of the new company is an internal communications platform that lets us interact with one another. (And yes, there’s a place to blog!) So I’ve been writing there at least once a week. The topics there are, of course, all work-related, but I’ve had the opportunity to throw in a few nods to my personal life: my dog, my mam-ma, and a few others!

Also, I’ve tried to write a post for Linked In. Unfortunately, that’s still a work in progress. I’m not sure why I feel intimidated by writing on Linked In. I suppose in some way I feel like it’s a job interview (even though it’s not) so every piece needs to be a showcase. Hopefully I’ll overcome that hurdle soon.

On the Homefront

Last year, I started writing content on a site that pays by the word. It’s not something I’m going to get rich with, but I have earned just over $650. I have a regular client that asks me to write one article per week on general human interest stories. For a while, I had a regular client that asked me to write about chicken coops. (Yes, I used to have chickens.) Otherwise, I pick and choose what I want to write about from a long list. Today’s top options include:

  • 7 Performance Review Phrases for Better Customer Feedback
  • 5 Smart Eating Options for Business Travelers
  • What Age Group Uses Social Media the Most?

I’ve written on all sorts of different topics, and each article earns between $5-$15, depending on how long it is. It’s nice to get paid for a hobby!

So Ray Bradbury would be proud. I’m not in imminent danger of failing to write. I’m also not off engaged in sword fights or other unruly behaviors. I’ve just been busy writing elsewhere.

And if you want to keep tabs on my progress, check out my Linked In profile. I’ll eventually get something posted.


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