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Win $100 for Your Guest Post in Our 5th Pitchfest

Enter the $100 Pitchfest | Be a Freelance Blogger

Welcome, dear reader, to the contest that gives you a chance to win $100 for your brilliant blog post idea.

Pitchfest has become a highlight of our calendar here at Be a Freelance Blogger because it’s a ton of fun and we’re always excited to see what you come up with.

But the real reason this contest is so popular is the way it works: everything happens in public blog comments, which means you get to see how other bloggers pitch their ideas and how real blog editors respond.

It’s easier to understand if you know the rules, so let’s get straight to that part.  Continue reading…

When 100 Rockets Fell On This Freelance Writer, He Learned 5 Surprising Lessons About Fear

When 100 Rockets Fell On This Freelance Writer, He Learned 5 Surprising Lessons About Fear

Imagine the scene.

You’re sitting quietly in front of your computer. The page is blank and beneath the table your legs shake with increasing tension. In a space of thirty minutes you’ve written and deleted just one measly sentence.

And then everything changes.

You find yourself running with the shriek of sirens sounding in your ears.

The rockets are coming. 

Before you reach the shelter, the first rocket explodes nearby, causing the ground to shudder.

Boom! Boom! … BOOM!  

Are you afraid?

Living under deadly uncertainty

A few years ago, I experienced exactly this scenario.

I lived in a city in southern Israel which, when I was there, was attacked more than 100 times with deadly rocket barrages.

I never knew from one day to the next whether a rocket would come slamming through our roof. When a warning siren went, we had less than a minute to get to a protective shelter.

People died. Children cried. There was nowhere really to hide.

Those days taught me a lot about developing a freelance writing and blogging career in the face of fear and anxiety.  Continue reading…

How Fiction Writing Experience Helps You Craft Killer Blog Posts

How to Use Your Fiction Writing Experience to Craft Killer Blog Posts

You might think writing fictional stories is just a hobby, a way for you to get creative. And freelance blogging is a serious, entirely non-fictional business. But the truth is, making up stories helps you craft better blog posts. They may be different in form, but fiction and blogging are the same in other ways. Fiction entertains, educates […]

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How Nude Photos Convinced Clients to Hire a Blogger With a Shocking Past

How Nude Photos Convinced Clients to Hire a Blogger With a Shocking Past

Would you hire someone to represent your business if you knew they had a background as a nude model? Maybe you would. [Have I told you today how awesome you are?] And maybe you wouldn’t. It’s cool — I understand some people are put off by the idea. Not my clients, though. Some of them are amused […]

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How Anonymous Blogging Hinders Your Freelance Writing Career (And What You Can Do About It)

How Anonymous Blogging Hinders Your Freelance Writing Career (And What You Can Do About It)

Anonymous blogging is thrilling. If you’re a nervous, new blogger who’s terrified by the idea of putting your words out into the world for strangers to dissect, it’s much easier to find your courage under an assumed name. Even if you’re comfortable with having a spotlight on your writing, it can be immensely freeing to […]

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Blog Comments and Social Media: What Your Editors Expect After Publication

Blog Comments and Social Media: What Your Editors Expect After Publication

A freelance blogger is hired to write blog posts, right? The job title makes it sound that simple, but it’s rare that your client really just expects you to line up some words and stop there. Formatting text and finding photos is almost always part of the workload. It’s pretty common for a blogger’s work […]

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11 Ways to Boost Your Confidence on the Phone to Prospective Clients

11 Ways to Boost Your Confidence on the Phone to Prospective Clients

So you sent the perfect query letter to your ideal client — the one whose blog you practically dream about writing for (that doesn’t make you a loser, right? Right.) — and you’re so freakin’ excited because they want to hire you! But… not until they’ve spoken to you on the phone first. Ah, shit. Knowing […]

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Come Slay Your Freelance Blogging Dragons in the Kingdom of Paidalot

The Kingdom of Paidalot

Have you ever been at a point in your life where you’re absolutely lost? A time when your career is at a dead end and your entire being is burdened with despair and panic? In August of 2013 I entered the blogging world. I was a part-time employee for a crisis organization, with no chance […]

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How to Rock the Freelance Blogging Community: A Time-Saving Guide for Newbies

How to Rock the Freelance Blogging Community

So you want to learn to be a freelance blogger. What do your first moves look like? Let me guess, something like this: “Oh! Oh! I need to know this for sure!” Click. (Spends hours clicking from post to post, blog to blog.) “Oooh this blogger looks cool!” Click-click. (Stalks them for 30 minutes.) Or worse: […]

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How to Start a Blogging Business When You’re Broke: The Magic of Profit from Zero

How to Start a Blogging Business When You're Broke: The Magic of Profit from Zero

You know that feeling that you’ve completely lost control of the situation? That terrifying, groping-around-corners-in-the-dark sensation that accompanies the death of a really good plan you had? That’s how my blogging business was born. Around the time I was financially desperate enough to scrounge for stray dimes rather than use my debit card to pay […]

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