You may not watch reality TV or keep up with celebrity news, but if you can infuse a celeb connection into any of your writing, your editors will probably love you. Google will certainly be nice to you. After all, celebrities get hashtags. Even D-list folks manage to eke out a living from a few well-timed escapades. Latch on to their 15 minutes of fame. Writing about pop culture can pay dividends for you… if you know how to do it right. Read more
Plenty of my freelancing writing colleagues will gasp at a freelance writer giving up social media. But Facebook and Twitter add nothing to my life. I know what goes into taking some of those photos (25 other photos until you get the one magic shot). There are too many promotional posts. And, frankly, I don’t care if someone proclaims their gym achievements five days a week (this is not my kind of motivation), if a “clever” mom blogger has posted another video about why motherhood stinks (yes, we know, but you’re not that funny — ok, BatDad is funny), or if my favorite brand is having a giveaway (you know who you are and I love you, but I’m audi).
None of these are reasons to stay on social media. So, I’m saying adios. Read more
Here I am, promoting blog writing, telling you how important it is to maintain a blog to keep your website relevant – and I haven’t posted on my own blog in (gulp) almost seven months. All I have to say is this: two moves, two new schools, no babysitter. Make of that what you will. While my personal promotion has suffered, my behind-the-scenes work has not. I’m still producing copious amounts of web content (especially for cosmetic dentists), and I still believe that every writer must #GoBigOrStopPitching. Read more
For several years, I had a regular gig as a contributing writer to Parent Society. I wrote dozens of articles about potty training, birthday parties, breastfeeding, potty training AND breastfeeding (nightmare), crafts, preschool, taking baby to the beach (one of the most popular ones, surprisingly), funky clothes for kids, technology, and why I dislike mom groups (my opinion has changed since then… well, slightly). But it’s articles just like the mom-group disdain that got me thinking: How much sharing is too much sharing, even if you’re getting paid for it? Read more
Writers have eclectic search engine histories. On any given day I may be seeking information about marijuana laws (for Avvo or a bridal magazine, believe it or not) or hunting down particulars about dental implants (for cosmetic dentistry ghost blogs). I write every day, and the internet is my biggest resource. So I’m thankful for Google, and I would proudly defend my entire search engine history if prompted. Read more
No better way to celebrate the launching of a revamped website than with the announcement of my biggest byline so far: Playboy. Honored to have a feature article in the December 2016 issue. Read more