When I started my journey as a blogger I had no idea about how long I will continue blogging. My first ever blog was a movie review of a regional movie that was so moving that it compelled me to say something about it. I immediately returned home, turned on my laptop and flushed out all my emotions on the MS Word document and then created a blog to share it with others. The next morning I woke up, excited to see how the response was, but sadly there were no comments. Not a single comment. Now, that’s sad because here I was trying to communicate with the world about this movie, but no one was interested. A week passed by and still nothing. This had a devastating effect on me because I couldn’t believe that not a single person in the world read what I wrote. I had passed on the links to my friends, but still no one read it. Well, at that point of time I didn’t realize that a large majority of my friends are not readers, so why would they care? However, this bitter experience taught me something. If I want to survive as a blogger, I need an audience. An audience beyond my friends and contacts I know. That’s when I learned about SEO better known as Search Engine Optimization.
Love what you do, and you will never have to work for the rest of your life. In April 2009, when the global recession hit India, I lost my job. It was not a good time for me, but the only way to pull yourself out of such situation is to do things differently. You need to do the right things when things go horribly wrong. I made a decision that was quite challenging. I decided to look for a job that I enjoy and allows me to grow creatively, but what would that be? I never knew then. Eventually, after 4-5 months of struggle, I eventually got my freelance content writing assignment. I didn’t make the kind of money I needed, but the experience was good. I never looked back then for a job. Today, with six years of experience I’ve seen different shades of freelance content writing & ghostwriting world. In my previous post, I mentioned how clients should watch out for low quality and unreliable content writers. This was in collaboration with my friend Dan Antion who inspired me to write that, but then I decided to take a step further and showcase the other side of the coin. The Clients.
Like freelance content writers and ghostwriters, clients also have different aspects and perspectives and it is important to understand that, if you’ve to survive in the content writing business. This post will take you on a journey of what type of clients’ you as a freelance content writer or a ghostwriter will come across in your career and how you should deal with them.
I never aspired to become a writer or wanted to have my own tiny professional writing service where I am the employer and employee both. In the past 17 years, I have transformed immensely gaining all the work and life experiences. Yes, I lost my parents at a very early stage, but what kept me going was the morals and ethics they taught me. Small lessons on human behavior, which I then incorporated accordingly in my life, dealing with people around me. I also learned a few things from people around me. Maybe my parents were pretty old-school and that’s why a lot of my thinking is a bit old-school, but I have adapted well, through the trial and error process. Back then, I wanted to be in Navy, but eventually I’ve become a professional freelance writer, ghostwriter, and a blogger and I am quite happy with it.
While I think that writing is a really good profession, which gives you an exposure to the worldly knowledge, and things happening around, it is certainly not as easy as many of my close friends and colleagues think it is. Like my father used to say – “Every job has its own challenges, son. It is our skills and talent that make it look easy. Even a job like sweeping the floor requires some amount of talent”, he used to say that. Anyway, this post is not about the skills we have or don’t have. It is about unreliable and untrustworthy writers or the so-called ‘Fly-by-Night’ writers.