Reality Blog: Take Care of Yourself!

Healhty LivingHello again, Wealthy Web Writers!

Welcome back to the Reality Blog.

Here’s an amazing discovery I’ve made: writing is hard work!

I don’t just mean the research, the writing, the editing, the revising, the editing, the rewriting, the editing …

I mean physically.

It’s hard work.

Okay … it’s not exactly digging ditches.

And yes, if you take a quick poll of physically demanding jobs, I agree that writing probably won’t make it to the top.

But trust me … it’s hard work.

And with that in mind, I bring you …

Take Care of Yourself!

As I write this, I’m bothered by a dull pain in my neck and shoulders.

It’s been aching for a few days now, and makes everything I do a little less enjoyable.

I’m not sure what caused it, but I have been spending more time at the computer lately.

Coincidence?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

More likely, it’s years of bad posture and “writer’s slouch” catching up with me. And, more recently, a condition I refer to as “smartphone neck” … which causes your head to slump forward as you read your smartphone.

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About Jim Wright

Jim is a writer, teacher, consultant, and an advocate for clarity in communication. He helps clients make sense of their online presence, and translates tech-speak into plain English.View all posts by Jim Wright

11 thoughts on “Reality Blog: Take Care of Yourself!”

  1. Great tips Jim. I am just getting started on my freelance career so I look forward to following your process and tips. I plan to share my experiences as well in the hopes that they will be helpful to someone.

  2. Jim,

    I recently joined Wealthy Web Writer after purchasing Nick’s Copywriting 2.0. You guessed it. I’m in the early learning stages. Thank you for the tips and suggestions – I enjoyed reading this and intend to catch up on all your blogs I’ve missed and look forward to the future ones.

    JudyB

    1. Hi Judy,

      Thanks for the comments and the kind words! If you’re in the early stages, Nick’s program is a great place to start. Good luck and all the best as you continue on! Glad you enjoyed the post, and welcome aboard!

      Cheers and thanks again,

      Jim.

    1. Hi Thomas,

      You really do need a website if you want to be a successful web copywriter. But until you are able to set up a website for your business, I suggest setting up a professional LinkedIn profile. Then you can send clients there in any of your promotional materials. Plus, LinkedIn is a very useful network for connecting with clients.

      Heather

    2. Hi Thomas,

      Thanks for the kind words, and you’re welcome!

      As for the website question, I agree with Heather, especially if you’re aspiring to be an online copywriter. People will just expect that you have a website.

      Cheers and thanks again,

      Jim.

  3. Hey Jim,

    Great tips! Another tip is to research for what you need.

    For example, I get wrist pain when I type for too long. But a couple of years ago I purchased a special keyboard that let’s me rest the heel of my hands on a curved lip at the front of the keyboard. It worked! I haven’t had any wrist pain whatsoever since … and I can type for hours at a time.

  4. My biggest tip is to drink lots of water. I find that while I’m pretty good about getting up frequently from my desk, the water thing is a big one for me. Staying hydrated has so many benefits, and I find I’m particularly sensitive to being hydrated (or not). So that’s a biggie. I don’t have a set amount I drink every day, I just make sure to have tow to three big glasses during my work day, and another at night.

    1. Hey Julia!

      Thanks! Funny you should mention that … I’m also trying to up the water intake and stay hydrated … I’ve noticed it can make a bid difference! Great tip and great idea.

      Cheers and thanks again,

      Jim.

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