Freelance Writer’s Big Happy Family

In my last post Being a Freelance Writer, I did rather belabour the point about my being disorganised and haphazard in the way that I work. Well, you’ll be pleased to hear that nothing has changed on that front! Ha! I bet you thought I was going to say I’d taken on board the organising skills of a time management expert to find a solution to my problem…

LMAO!! I don’t see this as a problem, so just as a pig is happy rooting around in its muddy sty, I’m happy being myself.

But today, that’s not the purpose of this post nor the reason I’m actually in the frame of mind to post it. I wanted to highlight a page I’ve created in this site which is for my many friends I’ve made online during my two years hammering away at the Internet Marketing game. These are people who have either helped me along the way or have become friends with similar interests and aspirations. I believe that to succeed online, you have to have friends because its a damned hard slog on your own.

Of course that’s not to say you can’t succeed alone and I’m sure many people do quite well for themselves either because of it or despite it. But its a little easier when you have people who can help you out with the things that you can’t do yourself.

Along the way, I’ve had plenty of site building and coding problems that I just couldn’t figure out on my own and others have jumped in to help me, for which I am very grateful. Likewise, when I was floundering around not knowing how I was ever going to make money online, there were people there who helped with solid methods and techniques that really do work. The list of ways in which people have helped me is long and varied, but suffice it to say, I’m glad they were there when I needed them and I also believe that you should do unto others as you would want them to do unto you.

So I’ve been giving back wherever I can in my forum and various blogs. What I’ve learned over the past two years, I happily give back as free information on my other sites such as thehonestway.com, makeblogmoney.com and moneyhints.com to name just a few.

There is another way that I can say thank you to everyone I know and that’s in giving some link juice to their sites by way of a list of links on a special page I’ve provided just for that purpose. There I can keep everyone together and see at a glance if I’ve missed anyone out!

So if you haven’t spotted the page yet, its sitting up in my navigation bar just under my strange staggered image of myself at the top of the page called simply Tel’s Friends.

It’s not originally my idea to do something like this. In fact it has been around probably longer than I have in one form or another. More recently the “do follow” group of blogs came into being and the D-List was formed, being a list of links to blogs that all allowed comment links to be followed by the search engine bots to give their owner some link juice. That sort of died when certain search engines altered the way they give authority to certain types of links, meaning blog comment links became pretty worthless if you were trying to build authority.

A better way to do this was kicked off publicly by my good friend Griz at his Make Money Online blog which I had a small hand in helping to bring into being in his page Friendz of Griz, which that link will take you to if you click it.

It’s all about helping your friends who have helped you in the past or who are likely to carry on helping you in the future because they’re friends!

Isn’t it nice to read about one of the really positive aspects of the Internet Marketing fraternity on the web every now and again? Some of us are actually nice people!

Terry Didcott

Being a Freelance Writer

Being a freelance writer (following my last post SpanAir Plane Crash in Madrid, by the way) as well as working hard at my own Internet Marketing business means working long days, especially for a disorganised person like me. Most people in this position would then go on to write about how important it is to organise yourself and to prioritise your work, manage your time more efficiently etc.

Poppycock!

How many of these people actually follow their own advice? What do I care whether they do or whether they don’t? Ok, I admit it. I don’t care what other people are doing or thinking or saying, because they are other people and I’m me. And being me, I’ll do as I please and if it means starting a sentence with an “and” I’ll go right ahead and do it…

Likewise, if I want to organise my freelance writer working time into long periods of procrastination and daydreaming, then I’ll go ahead and do that too.

You see, working for yourself and even more especially from home as a freelance writer in a situation where there really isn’t the same level of pressure as there is working for a slave driver boss in an office, or wherever allows you to do things the way you’re most comfortable with. I’m comfortable with working for a while on one thing, such as building a website, or blog host, then switching to another when I get bored with the first thing, then switching to something else when I get bored with that. Maybe my attention span is shortening as I get older, or maybe I was always like this but was always forced into working against my own grain which ultimately resulted in less work getting done because I rebelled against being forced to do things in a way that is not my way.

Work all that out of you can and you’ll probably conclude that there is either a genius at work here or a lazy sod! Ok, I admit I tend towards the lazy side of life and do not believe in putting additional effort when it is either not directly for my own benefit or is superfluous to the job at hand.

I worked for many years for the IT section in a bank and was constantly frustrated by certain individuals who probably meant well but had no idea that what they were often asking to be done was an inefficient use of my particular skills, or duplication of effort as my colleagues were usually working on something similar to me and we would often overlap.

So lets get back up to the present and push all those old memories back in their box where they belong.

Being a freelance writer gives me the freedom to work from home and set my own working hours to suit me. As long as the work is done within the allotted time, then who cares if I take a day off at zero notice and then spend another day working for 16 hours? Not that I would spend all of those 16 hours working on an assignment. A big chunk of that would be spent flipping back and forth between the assignment and building and populating my own websites. Its a lot of effort but its all for my own benefit which is a good thing from my perspective both as a freelance writer and an Internet Marketer.

For achieving a position when they finally produce all my financial needs is the ultimate goal. Then I can take my foot off the gas a little and let all the hard work that I’m putting in now pay off in the (near) future. And then I can keep starting my sentences with “and” and I won’t have to worry about the hours I work (or don’t) and no one can tell me how to do things .

Actually, no one does that now…

Terry Didcott