Design credit: Sarah of Puss Reboots
Welcome to day 4 of Armchair BEA. I can't believe it's almost over! Anyway, today's topic is about going beyond the blog: doing freelance writing, monetizing the blog, working for the newspaper, making connections in real life, etc. I think I fall on the 'want advice' side rather than the 'give advice' side of this topic, so here we go.
I don't do any freelance writing, but I'd love to do some editing. I have no professional experience with it except that I am a stickler for correct grammar/spelling/punctuation. I don't particularly want to go back to school, so it's something I want to educate myself on. If you have tips to get me where I need to be, I'd love to hear them. Even if it IS just to go back to school, if I hear it enough then maybe I'll do it!
As for monetizing the blog, I've done a bit of research. I've added some advertising through Google AdSense. Not a huge fan of this, but it helps. I also am an Amazon Affiliate which brings in a bit of money if people use the link. I've looked into some other things, but really it's all just a bit of spare change from a bunch of different places. I've become linked sites like with Sponsored Tweets, Swagbucks, and Superpoints, (those are all referral links so click them! hehe) but it's not much. This is where I want some more advice, too. What do YOU do on your blog to bring in any money? I'd love to start selling ad space to authors who want to promote their books on the front page of my blog. I'd also love a new design that will showcase that more. It's all in the works, folks! Let me know if you're interested, though :o)
I wish I had a job in publishing or in books at all. I'd be fun to run a Twitter account and Facebook account for a publishing company to promote books. I'd be great at promoting. (Goodness, now I sound like I'm applying for a job.. haha.) But really, my life (outside of my normal, boring day job) is books. I live for this blog, I read constantly for this blog, and I enjoy it all! I love being a part of this community, giving recommendations, and spreading the word about great books. One of these days, someone is going to hire me for this. I swear.
Real life connections are hard for me. I'm pretty shy until I get to know someone. I wish I was more of a go-getter, and sometimes I can fake it pretty well. I have met some fantastic bloggers in real life, which just astounds me. And I go to author signings as much as I can so I can get some unique content for the blog (and to meet all the super awesome writers I gush about all the time!). Also, one time I gave my bookmark to an author and she said, "OH, I've heard of you." I just about died. It pays to get the word out, really. I just don't want to be pushy. I dunno. Thoughts?
I'd love any and all advice, kind words, thoughts, concerns, criticisms, etc that you have to offer. I'm up for anything at this point, next to maybe groveling on hot coals, but I'd certainly consider it for the right thing. Gah. Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction, and if I can do ANYTHING for ANYONE out there, don't ever hesitate to ask. I put others before myself to a fault sometimes, but it makes me happy to do so. Ask away, peeps. Love you all! <3