As I've written previously, I've been looking for other writing opportunities. About a year ago, I started writing for a content farm (which will remain nameless for now) and it brought in a nice sum every week. Granted, the pay wasn't great but it was something I could do in the evenings to bring in a little extra cash. Sadly, the number of titles dwindled steadily through the summer, and by early fall they dried up completely.
I've done some ghost writing on other content sites, but the one source of information and inspiration that's been extremely helpful is Doreen Martel's Freelancing and More
. Unlike some others, I'm not trying to support a family by freelancing. But it's always a good idea to learn from the smartest person in the room whether the subject is bicycling, electronic technology, or writing.
Most regular readers know that I write for the Examiner, too, and while it's clearly an exercise in ego-gratification, it's not especially remunerative. If I'm going to spend the time, I should be getting something in return, particularly since She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed pointed out the alarming increase in grocery prices.
There's certainly more than a grain of truth in the adage about writing being like prostitution. First, we do it for fun. Next, we do it for a few close friends, but finally we do it for the money.
So with that in mind, I'm trying for another paid position doing some technical writing. If it works out, it will be like having a second job....that I can do from my armchair. My current job may be in jeopardy as AA is in bankruptcy. I'm about this far (holding thumb and forefinger an inch apart) from retirement, so having another income source may be critical.
Wish me luck!