I was actually pretty lucky found something pretty early on, but it fizzled out after just a couple months. Ever since I’ve been working hard to make a name for myself so that I have something to show for the time I’ve been freelancing, and so I’d have something to point to when people ask to see samples of my work.
I’ve been writing basic parenting articles Type-A Mom, dispensing advice like How to Diaper a Baby, How to Interview a Babysitter, or Swaddling 101. Stuff that might seem obvious to people who’ve been parenting for years, but is monumental to new parents.
I’ve just started writing about party games for the brand new Party Planning Professor site.
And aside from all the other day to day stuff I work on I even have a few other irons in the fire, but nothing that’s going to net me an actual paycheck, something that I could be proud to bring home to my family. Every month that goes by without income adds to my guilt. We’re not struggling – yet. But we are taping into our savings. And my patient M isn’t complaining, but I know that it’s stressing him out terribly. It’s a horrible time for us to be using up our savings, especially with no real solution in sight. So I stress, and I keep stressing.
There are many things I could be doing to turn The Lemonade Stand into a great site. I could be reaching out to countless companies, asking for products to review, to giveaway, to promote. I could be hyping the site to PR reps and to mompreneurs. I could be talking it up everywhere, getting people to sign up for the RSS feed, posting reviews every day. But all that takes time, and there’s no real financial future in it. Just like there’s no real financial future for this blog. Or for any of the other sites I contribute to right now.
So, what do I do? Do I keep writing for free and hope that my big break comes along? Do I work to promote my own sites and hope to attract some advertisers? Or do I focus my creative energy on this blog and ease up on the rest while I find a more traditional way to pay the bills?