For episode eleven, we’re back with Sarah Gilliland. Sarah is a freelance writer and online influencer. She maintains her own website, Sarah in the Suburbs, and contributes to other online publications like Traveling Mom, Birmingham Mom’s Blog, TODAY Parents, and The Beach is Calling, a Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Tourism blog. Listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcast love, or download the transcript for episode eleven.
This week, Sarah talks about getting started as a freelance blogger and about learning from your competitors and your “haters.” Be sure to check out episode ten for the first part of my interview with Sarah if you haven’t already. Listen to episode eleven on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcast love. Or, download the transcript for episode eleven.
Write the Introduction Last
Sarah talks a bit about learning the hard way that writing the introduction last can be an effective writing practice. Rather than talk at length about why that is, I’ll just list what a bunch of other have to say about it. 🙂 I highly recommend this method, though; I tell it to my students all the time!
- Small Blue Dog (a writing coach)
- Paper Raven Books (a small publishing house)
- The Writing Center at UNC
- This blog formerly known as ScienceBlogs, I think??
Getting Paid to Blog
When Sarah first started blogging, she didn’t know people could get paid for it! Sarah gets paid for her work in two ways: first, she writes sponsored post for her website, Sarahinthesuburbs.com, by connecting to sponsors through an influencer network. And second, she writes posts for other sites, like Traveling Moms.
Before I chatted with Sarah, I had barely heard of influencer networks. But apparently there are a ton of them out there! Here are just a few I found when I googled “join an influencer network”:
Sarah also talks about applying to be a freelancer on Traveling Mom and Birmingham Moms Blog. Here are a few resources for applying for freelance writing gigs:
- How to apply–and actually get hired–for freelance writing jobs
- How a freelance writing job application differs from a regular job app
- How to get hired when you apply for online freelance writing jobs
Meeting Other Bloggers
Sarah talks a bit about networking with other bloggers, both by joining groups online and by attending blogging conferences IRL. Here are a few resources to help you meet other bloggers:
- The Ultimate List of Blog Conferences
- Blogher Conferences
- Mashable: 80+ Online Communities for Bloggers
- Bloggers Gonna Blog Community