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Lauren’s Last Post (And What Comes Next for BAFB)

A lot can happen in just over five years… For those of you who don’t know me: My name is Lauren Tharp. I’m the owner of the multiple award-winning LittleZotz Writing. And, since the summer of 2013, I was the Managing Editor of Be a Freelance Blogger. Yup. “Was.” I’m leaving. Don’t cry. This is actually good news. I’m now a full-time editor for Syed Balkhi’s Awesome Motive. With my new full-time employee status (no more freelancing!), I simply don’t have time for BAFB like I used to. But BAFB will always, always hold a special place in my heart. Sophie Lizard is absolutely amazing, and Be a Freelance Blogger is a website I’m immensely proud to have been a part of. I’ve met so many great writers – some of whom have become great friends! It’s been a blast. I’ll let Sophie take over in a minute, but… in no particular order, here are my Top 10 favorite BAFB articles: 1. What to Do When Your Freelance Blogging Career Is Going Nowhere I would read this older article, written by Sophie, whenever I got “stuck” career-wise. It helped me many, many times. 2. Not Writer’s Block — How to Cope If You Physically Can’t Write This article is amazing. I’m in good health now, thankfully; but, when I wasn’t, this piece gave me some great tips. And Pinar ended up becoming a friend of mine. 3. How to Write a Blog Post in 8 Steps This guy never wrote for us again, but his one piece is an absolute favorite. He took the most basic topic ever and turned it into something I had to say “yes” to. 4. Cracking the Editor’s Code — Writing a Killer Guest Post as a Freelance Blogger Written by the writer I’m going to marry. Yup. He made it into my inbox AND into my heart! His post is pretty bomb too. 5. How to Blog Like Every Day is Halloween I’m a white girl. Of course I love Halloween. This one was written by moi and I had a ton of fun with it.…

The Freelance Blogger’s Ultimate Guide to Using Jargon [Or Not…] PLUS a $100 Prize Contest!

“Hey Brad, what’s the CTR on that omnichannel growth hacking infographic?” “Gee, Sally, I don’t know. Is that part of the remarketing campaign we designed the storyscape for last week?” Tell you a secret… I fucking strongly dislike jargon. Mainly because I can never remember it all. At meetings, I sometimes need to Google to remind myself what it means, so I’m sat there looking up business-speak on my phone instead of joining the conversation. (“What’s a vertical? I forgot…”) Makes me feel like the only kid in the gang who has to check Urban Dictionary to find out what “Netflix and chill” really means. But I’m gonna set aside my personal issues with jargon for now, and focus on giving you exactly what the title of this post promises: your ultimate guide to when and how to use jargon in freelance blogging, and when to avoid it entirely. Just in case we’re not on the same page yet, jargon is specialist language used by a specific group or type of person, often in a business or academic setting. And part of what defines it as jargon is the fact that it only makes sense to the specialists who already know and use it. In other words, most people on the planet *don’t* use it and have no idea what it means. So, first of all, the golden rule is simple: Avoid Jargon Unless You’re Writing for its Users Yep, just don’t do it. Purposely choose not to use any jargon, and don’t let it slip into your posts by accident. What to do instead? Use other words — REAL words that normal people use — to describe whatever you want to say. If you’re not sure whether you’re using jargon or not, there’s an easy way to check: Show your post to other humans if you have willing volunteers. Ask them to tell you if anything sounds weird or isn’t immediately clear. Then change those words or phrases to simpler ones. You don’t get a free pass if you can’t find any volunteers, either. Just read it out loud to yourself, and…

The Total Flake’s Guide to Getting Shit Done [Plus Your Chance to Win $100!]

OK, confession time: People often ask me for productivity advice, and I usually point them elsewhere because… …I’m actually a total flake. Most of the time, I have no idea how I get shit done. In fact, I’m often surprised that I get ANYTHING done. But recently, I had several conversations with my favourite client (who I just quit working with, even though they’re my uber-best client ever — that’s a story I’ll tell another day) about how I do what I do. And I realised: Wow, I do get a lot of shit done! In the past year, I’ve written hundreds of thousands of words of copy and content for my clients’ emails, sales pages, books, and blog posts… …Published an ebook (with Lauren as my co-author)… …Earned a *very* healthy full-time income from part-time work… …Helped my students to start and grow their freelance blogging careers… …and that’s without even considering all the *other* stuff I’ve done, like taking weeks off work to travel with my family, or going to parent-teacher meetings, school performances, and sports events, or spending hours in IKEA sitting on all the furniture before going home with a multipack of plastic plates and a stuffed toy for each of my girls. I’ve also wasted plenty of time flicking through Netflix and YouTube, reading articles about stuff I have absolutely no need to know, staring blankly out of the window while interesting thoughts scampered around in my mind, and dream-planning next year’s summer break. So the question my client asked me was this: “When we’re hiring someone to replace you, what should we look for? How do we identify someone like you, that gets done what needs to be done and doesn’t freak out under pressure?” To which I said, “Umm… I dunno… I don’t do anything special, this is just how I work… and I DO freak out under pressure, I just do the work anyway.” Because I’m helpful and articulate like that, right? (Funny story: in the end, my client hired two new full-time writers to replace me. But their business is growing, so…

PITCHFEST: The Time is NOW!

This month’s theme is all about time: using it, saving it, managing it, billing for it… So, in the interest of saving us all some time, let’s get right to the contest! We Want to Hear YOUR Ideas In case you’re not familiar, Pitchfest is a blog post pitching contest we run here on Be a Freelance Blogger every three months. You tell us your blog post idea and we choose our favorites, with prizes of up to $100 for the winners. The contest starts today. Your theme for this Pitchfest This time we’re looking for pitches on the theme of “time.” Interpret that theme any way you like! It could be anything from how to write faster blog posts for clients, how to bill for the time you’ve worked, or how to manage your time as a blogger when you’ve got newborn twins and three puppies to look after — anything! We’re looking forward to seeing what YOU come up with. IMPORTANT NOTE: Your pitch’s theme not only has to involve the “time” theme, but it also MUST revolve around freelance blogging (Be a Freelance Blogger’s niche). Whatever idea you present to us HAS to benefit freelance bloggers (or their clients) in some way. The rules Anybody can enter the contest by typing (or pasting) their pitch into the comments box at the bottom of this page. Only ONE PITCH per person, please. Follow the pitch format I’ll tell you in a moment. After you submit your pitch, Sophie and/or I will offer feedback to help you optimize your idea for this blog’s audience and improve your pitching skills. You may also get feedback from other entrants, BAFB team members, and innocent bystanders — pay attention, because they represent your readers here. After you get our feedback, you can revise your pitch if you like and re-submit it by pasting it into a follow-up comment. And yes, that means you can offer us a completely different idea if we’ve told you your first idea definitely won’t work for this blog. If you win, we’ll ask you to send us a draft of at least 1000 words, so bear that minimum word count in mind when you pitch. The prizes…

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