So off I go into the world of freelance blogging. I already feel completely overwhelmed and panicky. Hooray for anxiety disorder and stomach aches.
Then I have my ADD-induced terrible self-esteem kicking in, doubting myself and setting myself up for failure.
There is so much to learn and so much stuff out there to read, I just don’t know where to start.
I know a few of you have voiced your interest in my journey and what I find out, so I thought I’d share on here, step by painful step.
I, also, caved in and started up a Facebook account. I’ll be posting helpful articles and awesome websites I find that contain a wealth of info on freelance blogging and marketing your content. If you’d like to follow me, I’m Aelris Blogging on Facebook. I did set up a business page but am still working on it. I did set up a Twitter account but still have to connect it to my unfinished biz page. I did set up a website but have not finished it yet. Lots to do still.
So why am I pursuing this endeavor? I think I may like to write. I think this freelancing thing may be for me.
I have ADD, minus the hyperactivity. This means I get bored very easily. It, also, means I have a habit of hyper-focusing on new projects and run full force.
I have always had trouble keeping jobs. Not because I’d get fired, but because I’d quit. I would work my ass off, always in a positive mood, and I was like a whirlwind, improving the department and reorganizing things. I’d get promoted to management in a short amount of time. Then I’d get bored and lose interest. I’d look for any excuse to quit, to justify it to myself that I needed to quit.
Once there was nothing more to learn or be challenged by, in my eyes, I didn’t want anything to do with it anymore.
I was the same way in college. It took me friggin’ F O R E V E R to finish. It took me about nine years to finish my bachelor’s. Any class that had nothing to do with science was especially painful for me to trudge through. Well, that and I was taking a ridiculous amount of chemistry and biochemistry classes for fun, before I figured out what degree I wanted to finish.
This is why I initially wanted to pursue a career in forensic science. My dream job would have been to work in a police forensics lab, or even be a crime scene tech. I felt that I would be challenged in this field, and I would continually be learning something new. No, I have never watched CSI. I lost count of how many times I’ve been asked that stupid question.
I, also, considered working in any lab to be a lab hermit, so I would only deal with a minimal amount of people. I don’t do well with people, in general, believe it or not.
I need to be challenged, and I need constant change, so I don’t get bored. I need to learn new things all the time. I don’t work well with having a boss or working with the public. Plus, I hate leaving my house.
This is why I think I really need to give this freelancing thing a shot. Where else would my badass researching skills come in handy?
Then there is the income advantage. How does $100 or more (minimum, maybe $50) a post sound to you?
Fuck, yeah, that sounds awesome to me. Even if someone is just starting out as a freelance blogger, this income is completely possible and will only get better. I was floored when I found this out.
There is still a lot for me to learn, but you don’t need much to just start submitting your work – maybe balls, which I don’t have yet. I’m getting there, though.
If you’ve heard of freelance blogging and were always curious, or even if you’ve never heard of it before and I’ve piqued your interest, I welcome you to come along on this adventure with me. I urge you, in fact. It’d be nice not to have to do this alone.
So find me on Facebook and say hello.
Here’s some reading to get you started, too: Be A Freelance Blogger.
When I first started researching freelance blogging a few weeks ago, I kept coming back to this website’s articles. They are fun to read and extremely informative – and encouraging! – for those of us just starting out.
So what do you say? Want to jump into the flames with me?