To My Awesome Subscribers!

HAPPY FRIDAY

Happy Friday Everyone!

In my last post I let everyone know that I have moved to an exciting new .com! I am still getting subscribers to this blog – I love you all and thank you so much for your support. I just don’t want you to be disappointed when there is no new content uploaded so I have removed the subscribe button from this blog all together. So please visit my new website at www.thefreelancefix.com and subscribe via the toolbar on the right-hand side of the page.

Aren’t a subscriber yet? Check out my new post on Networking vs. Social Networking. If you like it, I would love to see you join my awesome group of subscribers!

Thank you everyone for your support.

I hope to see you at my new site!

Melissa

I have Moved!

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Happy Monday Morning Everyone!

I am excited to announce that I have moved to a .com! For all of my subscribers, I just want to say thank you for your support, you can subscribe to my new address here http://www.thefreelancefix.com/ (On the right hand side.) Same content and everything, just fancier. 

Let me know what you think of the new design. I would love any feedback! 

I hope to see you all there. 

– Melissa

***If you have any comments, questions or feedback that you would like to send me privately, you can contact me at thefreelancefix@gmail.com

The Beauty of Scheduling Posts

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It is strange to think that there was once a time in our lives where technology was not as prevalent as it is now. It has become this ubiquitous thing that follows us everywhere – to bed, out to dinner, on vacation. It is this constant, nagging need to update and to stay updated.

As a freelancer and a blogger this is especially difficult to pace yourself on projects, posts and updating your own blog. One thing that has changed my life is scheduling posts – and even emails.

Yesterday I read this article on a great website/blog called Make a Living Writing. If you have never heard of it, or haven’t checked it out, I would highly recommend it. If you have, you will know that there are great articles on Carol’s site. The article was surrounding the idea of being more productive by focusing on one client’s blog posts per day.

This is definitely something that I am going to try. I can just imagine the sense of relief after focusing on one client and finishing a month’s worth of writing in one day. I think that without all of the jumping around from client-to-client, from a variety of “voices” and content would help my workflow and make me much more efficient.

The ability to schedule posts  is an extremely helpful tool if you find you like writing more than one post per day. Recently I began writing a week’s worth of posts on Sunday. Then I can schedule the pre-written posts to upload on the particular days and times that I choose. This means that during the week I can focus on other projects and writing with the comfort that what I’ve written will be posted at the right time.

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Another helpful thing is scheduling emails. I am a strong believer that you should not answer business emails outside of business hours – especially as a freelancer. Those lines are blurry enough as is, and I don’t want it to seem like I am always available. It just so happens that sometimes the only time I can answer emails is late at night before bed, this is why I love the ability to hit SEND LATER (I use a Gmail plugin called Boomerang) and have the email go out at 9:15AM the next business day.

This gives me the ability to  return emails in a timely manner, but also allows me to focus on writing when I am productive (first thing in the morning) without neglecting emails if I don’t get to them between 9-5. As much as it happens, you don’t want to be the person in someone’s inbox coming in at 3:27AM. If this is a tool that you think you would find useful, I would definitely suggest that you check it out.

Until next time!

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Make Time for YOUR Blog

BloggingLet me begin this post by first admitting that the above photo is one of my all-time-favorites. I still giggle every time I look at it!

Being a freelance blogger for a living, I find it difficult to keep up with my own blog (as you can see by how few posts are up.) I spend all day writing for other people to help get traffic to their site and to help market their business. I am able to see firsthand how much of a difference my social media and blogging work has for my clients and how they get more business and build a following and a narrative for their business. So why am I not doing the same to get myself more business?

I am a list-making, goal-setting, colour-coordinating kinda gal. I realized that I need to use my strengths and my passions to market myself. If you have read any of my other posts, you will know that I have be majorly delayed due to the fact that I am overwhelmed where to start and that I wasn’t sure which direction to go in with my branding.

It is interesting that I have had more epiphanies and organizational break throughs since I started blogging for myself. As a writer it makes sense that I have (and always will) find the most clarity in my mind as I express myself and communicate through writing. I have always found it the best way to collect and organize my thoughts.

This leads me to my point. No matter how sick you are of blogging, or starting at a computer screen by the end of the day – prioritize updating your own blog. I always put it on the back burner because I thought I would have to spend time doing research for my blog. As of now, it is just a way for me to document my experiences, challenges and advice as a freelance and hope to grow it as I get into more of a routine.

Each month, week and day I have goals that I want to reach for my clients that I try to attain through my work for them. I have made it a priority to do an equally good job for myself and my business as well. I have a goal to post 2-4x a week and I am going to stick to it. I need to make, and keep, this commitment to myself.

I would love for people to come to my blog and to like my style of writing, my personality and hopefully want to reach out and chat – or even work together! That is what I am hoping to accomplish with this blog. If you would like to take this journey with me, feel free to subscribe to my blog. You will find that option on the right –>

If not, feel free to check back once and a while. I appreciate your visit. See you soon!

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