Monday, December 06, 2010

Happy Holidays!!

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It is my favorite time of year, where I get to make a whole slew of lists, shop online all the time and get to do a lot of planning. I'm also starting to debate on whether or not to come up with a formal working schedule, as that is one thing I've failed to do. Sometimes, I start working really early in the morning; other times I find myself getting a lot done late into the night. That of course means my sleeping schedule has significantly altered. I've gone from typically going to sleep at around ten at night and waking up at six to a bunch of varied sleep times. I've even found myself taking naps during the day, which is something I don't normally do. Naps are usually left for when I'm sick or when I know I'm in for a long night. Also, with nights starting earlier these days, I've found myself sleepy all the time. I'm not a big coffee drinker in the least, but I have definitely found myself craving it lately.

I got a couple new clients that have been keeping me busy, excited and encouraged. I have purchased a couple of eBooks, including The Practical Freelancer's Guide to Author Websites by Angela Atkinson and Grammer Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Grammar Girl, a.k.a. Mignon Fogarty. It might be time to invest in a Kindle soon. Though I will never get away from actual hand held books. I think what I want to do is have a desk with writing books, stationery and a mess of paperwork, and have a Kindle to make sure I don't ruin said writing books. I tend to wear through the books I read a lot, like anyone else, and I'd at least like the impression of gently-handled books. I also like the idea of getting to buy a ton of books for cheap, and getting to be selective of which books I want to buy in print editions.

I've also tidied up my website a bit, getting rid of the "articles" section, which pretty much comprised of all my Associated Content/Yahoo! Contributor Network articles and neatly placed an "articles" section in my "Portfolio" page. Next up will be just much more tidying up and learning different ways to change up my page.  My goal is to make an exciting, content-filled author website that is still easily downloadable for slower internet connections. I'm also working on my own personal WordPress blog called Writing for a Purpose in an effort to learn WordPress more. It's become so big I've made a point to learn more about it to add it as a skill on my resume. I think it's a skill that other people should definitely look into having; being that internet savvy is such a must-have skill in the workplace, it's only logical that working knowledge of a popular blogging server would be wanted as well. But don't get me wrong, I'll never leave Blogger. I find both equally valuable. It's important to know how to adapt to different types of internet and computer programs, servers and social networking websites. You never know where you could find that next paying gig. I'm also interested in obtaining another non-paying writing gig (a guest blog post in the future, perhaps?) to gain more of a web presence. It's December, already so it's time to think about what I want to accomplish in 2011. Already. 2011 is also the year of my 10-year high school reunion. Oh dear. I wonder what I'll be telling people what I do for a living then. Of course I'll be saying "I'm a freelance writer", but I wonder what wording I could use to explain it exactly? "I get paid to write content online", "I'm a writer who specializes in online publications" (for now), or perhaps "I'm a burgeoning big-name writer". Either way, it beats saying "I hate my job..."