It's Easy To Get Lost

It’s Easy To Get Lost

Website.  Check.

First blog post.  Check.

Now what?

I am finding myself becoming very overwhelmed.  Not in a scary I want to quit way, but in a there is a lot of information out there telling me what to do and it is all different, kind of way.

What I Know

I know that I love writing.  I always have.  In fact, from the time I was a child with the ability to write coherent sentences I have been a “writer”.

Maybe not a good one, but a writer nonetheless.

All throughout school I loved researching a topic and getting my ideas onto paper for everyone to read.  There were straight-forward no nonsense pieces, controversial pieces, and funny satirical pieces.  All the way into college, where I earned my Bachelors of Art degree in United States History, I wrote, and wrote, and wrote.

I loved it.

Yet now, as I find myself in a position to develop my writing career and take it from hobby to income, I am lost.

I am questioning everything, as I had expected I would, but I am also struggling to take control of that doubt and do something productive with it.

My mind is swirling with a million ideas of possible niches, possible pitches, guest posting, success stories, WordPress tutorials, and blog posts.  I am scrolling the internet seeking answers from somebody, anybody, but it only adds to my confusion.

So, there is only one thing for me to do.  Make a plan.  Get organized.  Take one thing at a time.

My Plan

1.  Choose those I want to follow

I have a bad habit of getting sucked into the internet.  One click here turns into a millions clicks there and before you know it, my time is gone and I am surrounded by ideas from everyone who thinks they know best.

This gets me nowhere.

I have decided I will pick a select few people to follow.  Even if I never speak directly to them (although I hope to soon!) I can use the knowledge they have provided people such as myself and apply it to my own freelancing journey.

Every day I will check their blogs (and only theirs).  I will gather the information I deem relevant and move on so as not to waste more time.

2.  Pitch, Pitch, Pitch

As of right now, I am not looking for paid clients.  If something came my way and it was a paid gig then I would jump up and down and say hooray!

But what I really need right now are guest posts to build my portfolio.  I feel this is my weakest point because I am just not sure who or where or what.

I have started to hone in on my potential niches (which is definitely progress and so important) but I still feel lost.  If I could just get that first one published I think I would gain a ton of confidence and have a better sense of direction.

Until then I will continue checking blogs that I feel I could contribute to and see what I can do.  Someone out there wants to me write for them I just know it!

3.  Take a Breather

It is so easy to get wrapped up in all the success stories I read about people who, just a short time ago, were in the exact same spot as I am right now.

There is something to remember though.

They all had to go through a similar process and it takes time.  Freelancing is a numbers game, I have heard it time and time again.  If I keep putting myself out there, someone will bite eventually.  I just have to calm down and know that what is meant to be will come my way, one way or another.

In the End

The truth is, I am not like many freelance writers out there that have had major success.  I have never contributed to a blog before until now.  I have never owned my own business, been self-employed, or prepared my own taxes as an individual contractor.  I do not have the experience many of the successful entrepreneurs do when they first start out.

Yet I will not let this bring me down.

I am not looking to be a millionaire.  I am a normal person trying to make it in the freelance world so I can have a great life and a little more freedom.

My ambition, confidence, and hard work will make up for my lack of experience.  I can do anything I set my mind to, even if it takes me a little longer than I would like.

If I can do this, so can you.  Join me on my journey, and let us help each other succeed!

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