One of the wonderful followers of this blog (you’re all wonderful it’s okay!) brought to my attention a little while ago that it had been a month since I started my website and blogging!
It’s now been over two months. To celebrate I thought I’d do a little update for you all on how my freelance writing and blogging journey is going and some of the lessons I’ve learned so far.
Lesson One: I can do it!
If you’ve been following my blog since the beginning you might remember some of my initial fear and determination in my first blog post ‘The Journey Begins’.
After only a bit over a two months of blogging and freelance writing I’m so excited about how both have progressed. I have gained my first few freelance writing clients! Yay! (*happy dance).
I’m thrilled to continue to work with my clients (even just typing that is exciting!) and you hopefully will see some of my guest posting going live on other blogs and websites in the coming weeks. I’ll be providing links on my website when that happens if you’re interested in checking out my other writing.
I suppose there’s a sense of validation when other people want to work with you. Two months ago I just knew writing was something I loved and wanted to do more of. Now there are people who are wanting me to share my writing with them. It’s amazing! Starting my website I had no idea what kind of response I would get, if any at all. It felt very much like typing into the void.
While I have learnt I can do it, I also owe it to my supporters in my life who have cheered me on in this journey (you know who you are). I don’t do this alone and couldn’t have done it without you.
Lesson Two: Blogging is fun
I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to share my love of books with you all. Every like, comment and follow brings me joy but so does discovering all the wonderful blogs there are out there. Thank you all for being so great!
The online book community is so welcoming and fun! I’ve got so many more books that I want to read now after seeing so many great reviews from my fellow bloggers.
I’ve been fortunate enough to begin doing some Advanced Copy Reading for authors and publishers (I give an honest review in exchange for a copy of a book). Which has been something I didn’t even think was possible until recently! As a result I’ve discovered some great new authors and been able to support their work in the writing industry.
Check out my recent ARC review of While you were reading here. It comes out less than a week!
Lesson Three: There’s never enough time
I feel like this goes across many parts of life. A mentality of being ‘busy’ is a real problem. I know I often find myself thinking, there’s just not enough hours in the day! Does this happen for you? It’s easy to reply when someone asks you how life is, ‘Life’s busy’.
We can feel like there’s not enough time to do all the things we want and need to do. For me, between working full time, studying, housework and maintaining family and friend relationships it can feel like there’s not much time leftover!
This has probably been my biggest lesson of the last two months.
We all get the same twelve hours in a day. It’s what we choose to do with those hours that matters.
If I want to make a real go of freelance writing it’s something that I need to make time for. The same with reading. I need to cultivate a space in my life for this to grow.
I’ve found that a lot of my time was being taken up scrolling through social media. I can so easily loose time that could be spent doing something much more valuable and fulfilling!
It’s not easy to change the mindset from busy, but it’s something I’m working on. Choosing to put down the phone is a powerful thing I’ve discovered and really helps my productivity!
I’m working at being at peace, enjoying whatever it is I’m doing at that time. Being present. Whether it’s writing for a client, reading or spending time with loved ones – I want to be fully there.
So where to from here?
I’m going to keep writing! I’ll be reading great books and telling you about them. I’ll be working on my freelance writing in the background and generally enjoying life.
To all the wonderful people who have encouraged me and followed my blog, thank you! You’re amazing.
Today’s post I showed one of the locations I like to write. It was a photo from a pretty ideal day, when there was minimal washing piled on the table! Real life is often not as pretty as it looks online.
If you write, comment below and let me know what your writing environment is like! We’re all different and that should be celebrated!
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