I never planned to become a staff writer. At the time, I had just been blogging for 4 months and was realizing there was money to be made through advertising. I was also throwing myself into the new Yakezie blogging forums like a crack addict – I mean imagine, a whole forum full of other personal finance geeks like me!
My First Gig
It was during one of my many hours on Yakezie that I saw a post from Daniel at Sweating the Big Stuff (SBS) asking for staff writing applicants. I honestly hadn’t thought of staff writing before that moment, but I had been reading SBS for months. The idea of writing there too sounded like fun, so I sent over my initial letter of interest along with links to my favorite writing samples. Happily, Daniel knew me as a regular commenter already and liked my writing style. In short, we hit it off and I have been writing for SBS once a week ever since.
My Gigs Now
I also found the rest of my staff writing positions through the Yakezie and a couple via word-of-mouth. I started Crystal-For-Hire Blogging Services and have received a few more emails thanks to my experience and authority based on all of the writing I’ve already done.
For anybody thinking about staff writing, my experience hasn’t taught me all of the ways to pursue it. Based on what I can tell, most bloggers need help and they love to get it from good writers with a bit of personality and excellent grammar. Networking through forums and blog discussions is a great way to get your name out there. Your writing will speak for itself, but it is your job to get it in front of people’s faces, lol.
If blogging forums aren’t your cup of tea, I also know a few people have found jobs through sites like the Problogger Jobs Board.
Are there any other staff writers tuned in right now? How did you find your positions?