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Stumbling toward freelanceville

May 25, 2010 1 comment

It’s been almost two weeks (or so…time moves differently now) since I was laid off. In addition to searching for another chemist gig I’m digging for some writing work. I have to admit I’ve wanted to be a freelance writer for a while, daydreaming about it during my lunch break, but didn’t have the time to do anything about it between work and traveling to work. Well, I have the time now. Can’t submit resumes all day without going bonkers.

Looking through the subject on the Interwebs it seems the most common question on people’s lips are “how do I get started freelancing?” What’s more, most of the freelance job boards offer work for peanuts. What’s a scribbler to do?

Categories: freelancing

Now do something

May 19, 2010 2 comments

So, a week ago today I got laid off from work. There is one fewer chemist in the world! If that makes you feel a little less secure when you go to sleep tonight, think about how I feel. Fortunately, I’m not too worried.

Now my new job is finding a new job. I started as soon as I got laid off. I’m extra glad now that I updated my resume last month. If any of the teeming millions who read this blog know of a chemist position in the Milwaukee area, please let me know.

I’m also putting more effort into writing. Hopefully I can pay more attention to this blog. But I’m also trying to establish myself as a freelance writer. Something good will come of this time away from the drive-to-work-and-clock-in day.

Categories: meta

What do I do with a year-old blog?

May 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Not so recently, the last post ago, I announced the end of this blog’s first year. I’ve had a little time to reflect on everything that has happened over that year, and I’ve come to several conclusions about this blog and blogging in general. I’ve really loved having Cranking Plot as a little project, a way of getting my blogging feet wet, but it’s clear that more has to be done to make it everything I think a blog about writing should be.

Actually, I am pretty proud of this blog and myself. I read somewhere that most blogs get started in a whirlwind of enthusiasm and hope, only to end prematurely as the blog writer loses steam. I’ve had at least one post every month for a whole year, and though some of the steam has come out of the pipes, as it were, there is still a lot of momentum left in the old thing.

I’d like this blog to be more than just the place I post a semi-coherent article now and again. I read blogs on writing such as Mur Lafferty’s I Should Be Writing (which is more podcast than blog, but you get the point) or Whatever by John Scalzi, or any number of blogs by authors, nationally known or no, who want to connect with their craft and their readers. That’s the kind of powerhouse blog I want this to be. And I know it’s possible. Especially now that I’m in my current position (which I’ll announce soon to all the teeming millions of readers here) very soon. I’ll have some more time to do just that.

Here’s what I think is going to happen in the next year:

  • Posting more regularly. Some people believe that writing for a blog that doesn’t make them any money is a waste of time. I don’t buy into that philosophy. I think the Cranking Plot has a lot of potential even if I don’t choose to monetize it. For starters, you are reading it, aren’t you? There, I have a reader. Or two. That’s great!
  • Planning out what I’m going to post. Having a plan for the content here will only make Cranking Plot more readable. I started out with a plan, but it was obviously short-sighted. Most professional bloggers will tell you that you have to plan and write ahead of time if you want to make the blog successful.
  • Have genuine, honest-to-goodness author interviews. Maybe even as a podcast! Either way, talking with other writers about How They Crank is what I envisioned for this site ever since I started it.
  • Move off the WordPress.com server & get my own domain. That is a big move, but one the experts say is necessary to get some recognition as a professional.
  • Expand my subjects to freelance writing. Not just fiction writing, but also to web content, articles, whatever kind of writing makes good business. Yes, you heard it here right now: Guy wants to become a freelance writer! If my hopes and dreams take off, I will have to create another website just for freelance discussions and leave this one strictly for fiction.

Let’s see how this year goes.!

Categories: meta, progreport