Have you ever wanted to write for a living? I think many of us have, even if it’s only a passing interest. I’m one of the many people who have wanted to do this, so, I guess this is my way of saying that I’m now a Blogger For Hire. But what does that mean, why did I get to this point and what sort of services can I offer? More importantly, if you were interested in doing something similar, what do you need to know?
A lot of this is thanks to watching Joel… So if he reads this, congratulations, you numbskull. You inspired me to do something.
Joel has done an excellent job with his Shropshire Dungeon Master business, which I genuinely applaud him for. He’s turning something he’s passionate about into a reality, which is all you can ask for in life. This made me think about the sorts of skills I have, but more importantly what skills I think I could share with people. That’s where this drive to become a Blogger For Hire has come from.
Over the past five and a half years, I’ve written regular articles, but running a website costs money. Some weeks, I’ve written seven (or even more) articles. Most of the time these days, I’m writing four solo articles a week and a collaborative piece with Joel on Saturdays. There’s not a lot of time for much else, other than writing and you know, there have been times where writing has been challenging… But it’s a challenge I adore.
Now, I’m looking to try using my experience as a blogger to get paid to write.
Trying To Get Paid To Blog
I had to look into ways to get paid to blog, which of course, there are many helpful guides out there – and many not-so-helpful ones. Interestingly, the main ways seem to eventually suggest getting into editing or ghostwriting, both of which are interesting to me. However, to get started, you just need to do something simple – Like write an article for a website that’ll offer to pay for articles.
They exist, in fact they are out there in troves. Unfortunately, most sources I’ve found are American, such as this list of websites that pay for articles. However, that isn’t a reason to stop – Indeed, it just means you have a list of people you can write for, but you may need to tailor content to their styles. This is something I’m willing to do, as I enjoy reading and writing various styles.
Another tip I’ve read revolves around having a “Hire Me” page. Now, I’m not going to put that up here on the GeekOut South-West website, but I will indeed be looking to set up my own blog, where I will likely discuss the intricacies of submitting articles and getting paid to write. If you’re looking to get into this line of work yourself, be sure to have a portfolio of work – This will be the best tool you have to get you some work.
It’s early days at the moment, but I’m going to be submitting works to writing competitions, as well as articles to websites. At the end of the month, I’ll write a summary of how the first month of trying this has gone. Let’s see if we can get one article submitted to a website, as well as it being published – and see if we can get paid, too!
There’s a lot of work to be done, so it’s time to get my typing fingers ready – and let’s begin this journey. If you’re a professional blogger, share your thoughts in the comments below, or over on our Facebook and Twitter page. Share your experiences with us!