I like counting things and celebrating milestones. For instance, in March I celebrated my eighth freelancing anniversary. Not full-time or even all that seriously -- but my first-ever freelance article (an article for a content site, not something I'm necessarily proud of, but it's what got me started) was sold in March 2005. (I freelanced full-time for six years, from October 2005 to November 2011.)
This post represents another milestone: It's my 1,100th post on this blog.
I started this blog in December 2005. One of my first freelancing jobs once I started doing it full-time was writing posts for a blog network. That was my first experience with blogging, and I found I liked it, so I started my own.
It was an awkward thing at first, with long posts that weren't always about freelancing. I talked a lot about my home life too, which I guess is somewhat related, since a freelancer works from home, but it wasn't the professional image I should have been presenting. I knew nothing about that at the time. Eventually, my blog was joined by a handful of others on various topics. Some of them I still maintain today: PonyTalesBlog.com, My1920sWedding.com, and Livre-du-Jour.com. I also have a site for an instruction ebook on doll stringing that I sell, DollStringing.com, and -- most recently -- my book series website, RubyRansome.com.
I've grown a lot as a blogger since 2005, and learned a lot about marketing, professionalism, and most importantly, what I want out of my blogs. I post ads on them for some side income, but since I wasn't updating my blogs as often for a while, I don't make as much from the ads as I used to. Mostly, though, my blogs are about different facets of my life. This one, being about my writer self -- and considering it also bears my name -- is the one that I've kept running the longest.
Happy 1,100 posts, Swan's Blog!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Happy 1,100 posts!
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