It pains me to say this, but I am saying goodbye to my Before I Became a Great Writer blog.
Seriously? Yes, seriously.
I am saying goodbye to the blog. It’s a very difficult thing to do, but it has to be done. I’ve had it for many years now (almost 5 years, to be exact) and I’ve grown fond of it. But I need to make a huge decision.
What is that decision? Well, I’ve decided to focus fully on being a freelance writer. I’ve started doing this almost a week ago. I accepted a writing gig from an overseas-based client last Thursday, and since then I’ve been writing articles like crazy. I’m talking about 450, 550, 800, and 1,100-word articles per assignment per day. And I wrote an average of 3 articles a day (since I wanted to do this part-time initially). Remember my New Year’s resolution to write at least 500 words a day? At first, I worried that I won’t be able to meet that challenge, but since I started freelance writing, I’ve far surpassed my 500 words-a-day target. Not bad, huh?
One of the things I’ve learned is that there are two general types of freelance writers: (1) those who write about general topics, and (2) those who write about more specialized topics, like law, medicine, computers, and etc.
For now, I belong to the first group of freelance writers. And you know what? When you’re a “generalized” freelance writer, you’re going to be assigned all sorts of topics; topics that are sometimes weird and crazy.
For example, I’ve recently wrote about a type of massage in India that’s called Sandwich Massage. Ever heard of it? Me neither. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a Sandwich massage. I only knew about it the moment I was given the topic. What is it, you may ask? Well the name itself spells it out for you. No, it doesn’t have anything to do with literal sandwiches.
See what I mean?
I’ve also written about the most mundane topics — products that I didn’t know existed. Topics that are so boring I didn’t know how to review them. For instance, I had no idea there were these things called smoker blocks and charcoal briquets. But I was tasked to write 1,500 words about them! And I did it, too. What can one write about something as mundane and seemingly uninteresting as briquets and blocks? A lot, it turns out. Yes, I wrote every single one of those 1,500 words. How did I do it? Well, I started with an overview of briquets and smoker blocks. And then I gave a short history about them, of when they were invented, and how their wide usage came about. Then, I discussed their features in great detail. Then, I weighed their pros and cons. Then, I gave my verdict. I even rated the product according to a category. Let me know if you have trouble sleeping at night, okay? Because I will send you a copy of that article.
I did the same thing for these things called Forestry Mulchers. Do you know what they are?
But I enjoyed writing them, to some extent. I love reading about stuff, especially things I don’t know about.
My favorite so far was my review of a hotel in Spain. I read so much about that hotel and described it in such detail that I almost believed I’ve been to the place. My imagination was so vivid I actually felt like I was in that hotel in Barcelona.
I also wrote about zombie-themed player-versus-player (PvP) online multiplayer mobile video games and unlimited gold and money hacks. What was my level of knowledge of mobile games prior to the writing assignment? Zero.
In other words, freelance writing is fun.
But I won’t be giving up this blog itself, no, no, no, no, no. I’m only replacing the title.
TechEasy: Making Technology Easy will be a blog dedicated to making the topics of technology, startups, and entrepreneurship easier to understand. Why this title and these topics? Well, because aside from books, reading, literature, fiction, philosophy, theology, logic, and all those subjects that I’m passionate (and have written) about over the years, I also love technology, business, and entrepreneurship.
So my goal really is to move away from being a “generalized” freelance writer to being a “specialized” one. I want technology, entrepreneurship, and startups to be my niche topics. I want to write about them as often as I can in this blog, contribute to other tech blogs and other online publications, build my portfolio, and pitch my services to clients.
But that doesn’t mean I won’t be talking about short stories, books, and literature anymore. I still will. But my main focus are the topics I mentioned above.
If you or anyone you know are in need of a freelance writer, let me know, okay?
See you around.