Hello, my fellow readers and writers! It has been a while since I updated my progress on this blog, but many things have happened in three weeks. In fact, it feels like it has been a lot longer since I updated my goals and discussed writing progress.
So I will move away from Medium for this post because this was about a recent experience I had when I applied to write for a media outlet I will not name.
For anyone who needs to get up to speed, my goals as a writer are currently focused on exposure and progression. To move forward is the most important goal I have this year, and I’ve been doing that quite well (I think!). Part of that process involves negatives as well as positives. I don’t like to dwell on the negatives because I get into that whole “sabotage yourself” thing.
But I thought this was important for anyone thinking of or trying to progress as a writer/blogger/content creator. It’s a lesson I have learned, and I’d like to share it with my fellow writers.
Part of my plan as a writer is to put my feelers out there and get more eyeballs on my writing. Part of doing that is approaching publications to write for them and, therefore, get more readers interested in my work.
This is an important way to build your portfolio. I need to do this because I left my writing career as a freelance journalist a while ago, and I am trying to rebuild that portfolio for potential employers. For now, that’s entirely free. My only focus is not money; it is exposure. Since I started reaching out to publications, I have had a lot more interest in my writing. But it’s still an uphill battle for sure.
Nobody wants to write for free, but I’ve learned there are benefits to doing this if you need to start out. I will be writing a separate blog post on that process for anyone interested in reading about that.
As part of that process, I reached out to a particular publication I saw online. I spent time researching their blog posts and community and felt we had a similar style, so I sent off a pitch letter. I was accepted instantly (not that surprising since I am giving my experience and writing for free), and I felt good about that. Try to take as many positives as you can! That was a move forward.
However, I soon realised that this particular publication did things in a specific way, which also meant giving them complete control of my words and writing. Initially, I thought that meant that I couldn’t share my writing elsewhere. So I replied to their email saying I had second thoughts about it. They were very friendly and cooperative and were even willing to reword their documentation for me. But my gut instinct told me that it wasn’t a good fit.
So that was that. I said thank you for their willingness to work with me, but I couldn’t dodge what my gut was telling me. So I walked away from that community.
At the end of the day, your writing is yours, nobody else’s. And if you’re giving that writing to someone completely free, it should always be that way. When someone pays you for the words you write, that’s a different situation. But the one thing you have when you’re looking to grow is your integrity. Don’t compromise that for anyone.
I’ve got a lot more to tell about my progress, but I’ll keep that for another day. I hope you are all gaining something from my blog posts. My only purpose on this blog is to provide my readers with any assistance and insight wherever I can.
If you’ve had a similar experience, let me know in the comments! If you have any writing tips to share, please feel free to link me to your blog.
Thanks for reading and for your support and I’ll catch you in my next post!