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Interview with a Blogger and Copywriter
Have you ever wondered how to turn your passion for blogging into a career? This blogger and copywriter shares how she went from the despair of not being able to find a job, into making a career out of writing for the web. While she never dreamed of being a professional blogger, this work-from-home writer is making ends doing web-based writing.

Q: What is your job title and what industry do you work in? How many years of experience do you have in this field? How would you describe yourself using only three adjectives?

A: I am a blogger and copywriter. I work strictly online. I have two contracts with private companies. I write ad copy for one company and blog for another. I have been working in this field for about a year and a half. If I had to describe myself using three adjectives, I would choose creative, motivated and friendly.

Q: What’s your ethnicity and gender? How has it hurt or helped you? If you ever experienced discrimination, how have you responded and what worked best?

A: I am a Caucasian female. My gender and ethnicity have not hurt me in any way in this field. Although I haven't been told this directly, I feel that my ethnicity helped me obtain one of my writing contracts. I've never experienced discrimination in this field.

Q: How would you describe what you do? What does your work entail? Are there any common misunderstandings you want to correct about what you do?

A: Most of my days are spent typing up my assignments on my laptop. I think many people think that my job isn't real. When I tell people I work online from home, they tell me there is no such thing as online work. The only other people I've met who fully understand my job are writers or graphic designers.

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate your job satisfaction? What might need to change about your job to unleash your full enthusiasm?

A: I would rate my satisfaction at an eight. If I had paid health insurance and a 401(k), my satisfaction rating would rise to a 10. These are two major disadvantages of being a freelance writer.

Q: If this job moves your heart – how so? Ever feel like you found your calling or sweet spot in life? If not, what might do it for you?

A: I'm not sure if I've found my calling. If I could write about my college major, I would be even more satisfied. However, there isn't much demand for the subject. I would like to write a book in the future about the field I'm interested in. Another way I would find more satisfaction in writing is if I were a paid to both travel and write about traveling. I do write a lot of travel articles. However, I've only been paid to travel and write about a destination once.

Q: Is there anything unique about your situation that readers should know when considering your experiences or accomplishments?

A: I don't have a degree in English or Journalism. Most writers I know have a degree in one of these two fields. Since I spent nearly 10 years in college, I did take my share of English and writing classes. I think the reason I am able to write and make money is because I enjoy doing it.

Q: How did you get started in this line of work? If you could go back and do it differently, what would you change?

A: I got started writing when I couldn't find a job in the field I had been trained to work in. At the time, the recession was hitting hard. I live in a part of the country that was hit especially hard. One of my friends told me about online writing jobs and bidding sites. I wound up finding several great places to write and landed two steady jobs from bids I won.

Q: What did you learn the hard way in this job and what happened specifically that led up to this lesson?

A: I learned that my comma usage was atrocious. Fortunately, some helpful individuals pointed me toward beneficial resources that helped me improve.

Q: What is the single most important thing you have learned outside of school about the working world?

A: I've learned that being motivated is one of the most important things I can do for myself. Since I no longer work at a job that requires me to make a physical appearance, keep a schedule and clock in, I've learned that I have to be even more motivated to reach my goals for earning money. I've also learned how to be more resourceful.

Q: What’s the strangest thing that ever happened to you in this job?

A: I once had a potential client ask if I could just write for free. His argument was that my job isn't real since I stay at home.

Q: Why do you get up and go to work each day? Can you give an example of something that really made you feel good or proud?

A: I get up and open my computer each day mostly so I can pay my bills and survive. There are always a few assignments I look forward to researching and writing about. That's another part of my job that makes me want to get up in the morning. When I receive positive feedback on my writing, that makes me feel satisfied and proud.

Q: What kind of challenges do you handle and what makes you want to just quit?

A: There have been a few extremely difficult people who have tested the limits of my patience. However, I just remind myself that their abusive attitudes probably have nothing to do with me personally. I think they're probably just frustrated about something else that has nothing to do with my work or me.

Q: How stressful is your job? Are you able to maintain a comfortable or healthy work-life balance? How?

A: Sometimes it feels stressful and sometimes it doesn't. Since it fluctuates, that makes it easier to deal with the stressful times by looking forward to the upcoming reduction in stress. That always helps me maintain a healthy balance. Sometimes I take a day or two to rest if I feel too stressed.

Q: What’s a rough salary range for the position you hold? Are you paid enough and/or happy living within your means?

A: I earn a cumulative average of $1,700 each month from the writing jobs I have. I think I'm paid enough. I'm more than happy with this salary. I feel very grateful to have a job with so many perks in such a tough economic situation. Although the job does have downfalls, I consider myself very lucky.

Q: How much vacation do you take? Is it enough?

A: I write every day. I usually take my work with me on my one-week vacation each year. However, if I really need some time away from work, I simply take two days in a row to avoid writing completely.

Q: What education and skills do you need to get hired and succeed in this field?

A: I think my passion to write was what helped me get hired. However, if I hadn't taken English and writing classes in college, I would probably say that I need to take at least a few of those classes to better understand writing styles, grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Q: What would you tell a friend considering your line of work?

A: I would tell him or her to make a list of goals and work toward them. I believe that anyone can do this if they have the passion and skills for it.

Q: If you could write your own ticket, what would you like to be doing in five years?

A: I would like to be paid to write textbooks for the field of study I'm currently majoring in. I would also like to be a full-time paid travel writer who is paid to travel. However, if I can be doing exactly what I'm doing in five years, I'll still be extremely grateful to have a job that I enjoy.