Become Wealthy Web Writer’s Next Reality Blogger

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Reality Blog ChallengeSo you may be wondering … what is a Reality Blogger exactly?

The Reality Blog is a tradition on Wealthy Web Writer. It’s a regular column written by a member who has set a big goal for the year. In the column, as the Reality Blogger, you would share your goals, your strategies for reaching them, your challenges, your setbacks, your triumphs, and what you learn along the way.

Two things happen because of the Reality Blog. The Reality Blogger is held accountable and usually reaches bigger success. And other members are inspired and learn a lot about their own journey from reading the blog.

Meet Our Reality Bloggers

Mindy McHorse was Wealthy Web Writer’s original Reality Blogger. In her first year, she set the ambitious goal of reaching a six-figure income that year, almost four times her prior income. And she succeeded! In her next year, she worked to continue making that income while reducing her hours … another big success.

Since then, Mindy has gone on to become the Executive Editor of Barefoot Writer. And she continues to make a six-figure income working about 20 hours a week.

Our current Reality Bloggers are Jim Wright, Marianne Foscarini, and Christina Gillick.

During his time as a Reality Blogger, Jim Wright has significantly grown his web-writing business. And, he’s built up his Money-Making Website, too. He’s also become Wealthy Web Writer’s Tech Corner Editor and 3-Minute Guru producer.

In the last three years, Marianne Foscarini has made “focus” one of her top goals. Since that time, she’s grown her business in a well-defined niche and shown her readers how to land new clients and how to work with the clients they have. She’s also shared many valuable insights on staying organized and keeping a steady flow of clients and projects.

Christina Gillick started out the Reality Blog focused on building her business as a freelance copywriter, but that shifted this last year, when she changed her focus to growing her own company, ComfyEarrings. Christina has completely replaced her income with earnings from ComfyEarrings and is excited to see how far her business will grow!

From what she has learned through building ComfyEarrings, Christina also created a Pay-Per-Click tutorial for Wealthy Web Writer members interested in either offering that service to their clients or using PPC to build their own business.

Who Will Our Next Reality Bloggers Be?

Starting January 1st, two new Reality Bloggers will chronicle their journeys to web-writing success. They’ll start by sharing where they are now, where they want to be, and then twice a month, each of these Reality Bloggers will share their progress, the lessons they’ve learned, what’s working, what’s not, and how they are continually moving forward.

The most exciting part? One of them could be you!

Here’s how it works.

First, you must declare your intent to participate by October 10th. You do this by saying so in the comments below.

This challenge is open to Wealthy Web Writer Platinum members. To join, please log in or become a member today.

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93 Comments

  • I sent an earlier email to Heather but I’m restating my desire to be included in this competition. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want a shot at this!

  • I’m throwing my hat in the ring to be the Reality Blogger for 2016.

    I think this is a fantastic opportunity and will incorporate a lot of accountability into launching my freelance career. One year ago, I learned about copywriting and have dedicated this past year to learning all I could. However, I definitely fell into the mindset of, “I need to learn more before I can get a client.”

    I have experience with blogging. I have blogged about my travels for the past four years. This included everything from description-oriented posts on my many travels, to the difficulties of working and living in other countries.

    My unique perspective on the blog would be starting a business freelancing outside of your home country.

    I look forward to this challenge.

    Kimberly Weitkamp

  • Intention declared!

    Love that winner is chosen by vote.

    Looking forward to the challenge!

    Jennifer Wodtke

  • Hello Heather,

    I am really, really keen to take on this opportunity. Please add my name to the list and send me whatever is required. Thanks so much!

  • I would love to have this opportunity.
    My business is going pretty well. But I need to push harder.
    My goal is to leave my job before my next work anniversary.
    Public accountability could be the push I need.

    I promise to be transparent, sharing both successes and pitfalls I encounter along the way to my own personal writer’s life.
    Steve Maurer

  • I would love to participate. This would be a great opportunity to chronicle my journey and see my freelance career go to another level.

  • I remember being flat-out amazed when Mindy took on the challenge of being the reality blogger. I had wandered from AWAI over into the Dan Kennedy camp at the time and was looking at the prospect of developing a writing career from a marketing perspective. I hadn’t jumped in with two feet at the time, or even one foot. Not even a toe in the water, actually.

    And there was Mindy, baring her soul for all to read.

    Meanwhile, I was writing for all sorts of applications, from fundraising letters to press releases, edgy ghost-written letters to the editor, and my own 4-page, full-color newsletter. Most of this was for pennies, or nothing. Working for free doesn’t do much for one’s self-image and it certainly doesn’t help with the bills or the ever-growing debt from consistent under-earning.

    So, I’ve decided that I will no longer work for free. I’m not particularly interested in working “for cheap” either.

    I renamed my business, redesigned my website, picked my niche, landed a one-time writing job from an international company, attended last year’s Web Intensive, am redesigning my website for my other business with a more accommodating theme so I can have a blog (couldn’t make it work right with the current theme so enough of that), am on the verge of buying a list and…I’m gonna turn this horse around.

    I know what my ideal lifestyle looks like. I want that lifestyle! And I’m tired of waiting around and being ruled by the latest excuse or roadblock or fear or this or that.

    Time to put my big-girl pants on!

    And with that, I’m declaring my interest in being one of the next reality bloggers.

    Shannon

    • Shannon, hi! Haven’t heard from you since the Web Intensive and I’m glad to see you moving forward. Best of luck to you. 😀

      • Hi Randi!

        Somehow I lost contact info for friends at the Web Intensive. Such a downer!

        It’s great to see you, and thanks for the well-wishes!

  • What a great opportunity this would be, as I piece together the financial quilt that will make retirement the adventure I expect it to be.

    Count me in, please!

    Sharon O’Day

  • I would love to be considered for the next reality blogger.

    I am declaring my intent to participate.

    I believe this is exactly what I need to push myself to the next level.

    The accountability, the transparency, and most importantly…
    A paying job.

    Good luck to all the participants.

    Faith

  • I’m game! Got the ideas cooking.
    How exciting and nerve-wracking to kickstart your copywriting career with this opportunity!

    Cheers,
    Melody

  • Please consider me as a potential Reality Blogger for 2016.

    I’ve faced many harrowing life challenges in the past three years. Fortunately, the Writing Community was there for me. I never quit.

    Now that I’m “through the storm,” so to speak, I am rebuilding my Writer’s Life. Practically from the ground, up!

    It would be an honor to share my journey in 2016 with other writers. Not only would the blog hold me accountable, but I hope I can encourage others. I am an experienced writer, but I have everything in common with newbies, too.

    Please come up to me an say “Hi,” if you are at AWAI Bootcamp Oct. 14-17!

    Warm regards,

    — Sue

  • I would love to be the next reality blogger. Starting my blog has been one of the best feelings and I see such a wide world out there where I can make a difference, grow, and one where I can thrive financially and emotionally too.

    Regards,
    Sudiksha

  • I think that this would be a great opportunity for me. I’d love to share my web writing career journey publically. To participate in this type of project is somewhat twofold. On one hand, I’d still be learning what it take to become a successful web writer, and on the other hand, I’d be sharing my personal experiences with others, which could be a learning experiences for us all.

    Although I’d be learning how to become a successful copywriter for myself personally, I still need to relaunch my non-profit organization that benefits small businesses. This would be a great opportunity to expose my client’s to AWAI’s writing platform and training programs as well.

    De’bora V. Johnson
    Accountant / Small Business Consultant

  • I know this is the push I need to keep myself moving forward – by sharing my web writing career with others – (and not just others…the entire Wealthy Web Membership)!

    My health has taken a slight downward decline and caused me to cancel attending Boot Camp this year. At first I thought I’d lose all interest in doing any writing at all; but quite the opposite has happened. I have the prospect of my very first client…and that is exciting in itself!

    However, I need to finish several programs that I have signed up for…one being creating my website! As a candidate for this opportunity, I would open myself up and allow members to venture in to my world of writing, chronic pain, and the need to finish what I start. My part as a reality blogger would help others see that real life can and does get in the way…but we CAN overcome the obstacles and keep our focus on our writing goals.

    So, YES, I declare my intent to become the next reality blogger!

  • I must say, I find the prospect of putting myself on display for public consumption terrifying. And yet I am drawn to do so. Here is my hat being thrown into the ring.

    Anne

  • I recently read a quote by Sandy Forster which said, “When you set an intention, when you commit, the entire universe conspires to make it happen.”

    I am setting an intention to participate, and to make 2016 a transformative year in my web writing career. I’m not brand new to web writing, but have been progressing at a snail’s pace. What a great opportunity to reach for measurable growth and to be held accountable. I can think of plenty that I’d like to share on the Reality Blog.

    Best of luck to everyone! I look forward to seeing the posts.

  • Hello!

    I’m declaring my intent to participate in the Reality Blog Challenge. I’m thrilled about the possibility of mapping my journey in the Web Writing world. Thank you for this opportunity!

  • I’ve enjoyed following the Reality Bloggers both here and at B2B Writing Success. This is a great opportunity for writers to share their journeys. It is always encouraging to see other writers succeed, but it is also helpful to see the bumps in the road, and how the writers overcame them.

    I’d like to throw my hat in the ring. I have some big goals for 2016 and I’d love to blog the journey.

    Stacy Fox

  • I definitely intent on becoming the next Reality Blogger! I’ve faced so many challenges from life lately…that I know I would be an inspiration to others while keeping myself focused on my writing!

    Due to my health taking a decline, I was forced to cancel Boot Camp just a few days ago. It was a very disappointing step to take and I thought I would lose all interest in writing. However, my very first client may be in the works as we plan to talk next week. So, when one negative thing happens, a positive response will occur!

    Knowing I could learn from this year long experience…I also know the readers would gain knowledge of how I approach the life’s ups and downs.

    I CAN be a reality blogger for 2016!!!

  • Just playing catch-up with my emails from the week and saw this opportunity. I’m in!

    It’s been a packed and successful year for me. But my success has also left me with a laundry list of things to do and improve at in the year ahead. I’m working primarily in the financial niche doing a combination of long-form and short-form copy. My short-form client work has essentially been a crash-course, on-the-job training in all things web – email autoresponders, landing pages, order pages, content ad networks, display ads.

    AWAI has been vital to my development and success the past year and I look at this as a great opportunity to give back to the community while continuing to grow as a copywriter.

    See you at Bootcamp!

  • Aloha Wealthy Web Writer Team,

    I declare my intent to participate and look forward to this challenge.
    Nothing is accomplished by standing still. Every participant wins— it’s the right thing to do and it gives us marvelous preparation for the for tomorrow.

    Mahalo,

    Myles Saulibio

    • —1st lesson and 1st mistake: “for the for tomorrow” is “for tomorrow.”
      From Afghanistan I remain yours faithfully,
      Myles Saulibio

  • Hello!

    I have never read a blog (but, in fact, I do know that “blog” means web log), and I wouldn’t know one if it bit me.

    But, I’m a AWAI newbie, am going to Bootcamp, have written things my whole professional life, am committed to leaving Bootcamp with a plan, and think that this a a great opportunity for me.

    Moreover, as said newbie, my experience may well be instructive to others. I know that I’ll be blazing my own trail while drinking from a firehose of information. I know that it will be interesting, at least to me.

    I’m thinking that I can pick up some good intel at Bootcamp and give this blog stuff a shot.

    Heather, please sign me up.

    Looking forward to meeting lots of folks,

    Steve

  • Please count me in on the challenge. This is the perfect vehicle for me to finally commit to dive in and make my dream of being a world citizen with a portable income.

  • I too, would like to throw my hat in the ring. I just read the challenge and hope with all my heart that I am not to late! I must confess I have never blogged before….Yikes… I will be “starting from scratch” a day late and a dollar short.

    Debbie Clonts

  • Hi Heather,

    I just completed a move from DC to Charlotte and got my cable hooked up this morning. Saw the Reality Blogger challenge and definitely hope I’m not too late to get my name in the mix. I’m starting fresh as a newly minted 50-year-old who gave up a steady income in a familiar town to make my way as a freelance writer in a brand new city full of possibilities. I’m a six-month AWAI member who is making time to finally finish the Accelerated Course and go for broke with the information in the Wealthy Web Writer site.

    I’ve made a goal to make $72,000 my first year and have time left over to volunteer, travel, and visit my children, grandchildren, and friends back home. I’m aiming for the full six-figure lifestyle by year two while keeping my hours sane so I can enjoy all the benefits and perks of a successful freelance career.

    I hope you’ll include my name in the contest and give me a shot!

    Thanks,

    Sheila

  • I emailed Heather when I first heard about this challenge several days ago but I wanted to put my name in both places. I am really excited to try out for this position. I think that I’d be a great fit as I am bound and determined to make this my new career and I’m not shy to share every detail of my road ahead. I look forward to this contest!

    Thank you for the consideration!

    Christa Fox

  • It seems to me I missed reading the Reality Blog Challenge in time to answer the call for intentions within the deadline. I can still submit my post by tomorrow.

    In the off chance actual submission is accepted in spite of belated declaration of intention, I will send along my entry.

    Thank you for this opportunity!

    Venkat

  • I’m probably the last to jump on this train, but just like I caught my plane to Bootcamp two days ago in the nick of time, making it aboard is all that counts! I’m sitting in my hotel room at the Delray Marriott RIGHT NOW both declaring my intention to submit for this challenge and whipping up my submission!

    Thanks for the opportunity and consideration!

    ~Denise Renee

  • With that send button, I have sent my submission for consideration [had to send it twice, forgot to include my information the first time Oops!]

    Good luck to everyone who sent their submissions in! I’m so excited to await the results!

  • Hello, this is Lara Clarke I am somewhat confused at the moment? I thought that if I paid the additional $10.00
    I would get the outline to become a 6 figure writer. It sounds more like there is some sort of contest taking place as to who will win and become the wealthy writer. That sounds like a lovely opportunity and I would really like to participate. However, I am extremely “green” to all of this and to be realistic I believe that this opportunity is great. However, as I mentioned prior I think this is going to be an on going learning and development that will take quite a bit of time and dedication on my part. However, if I succeed that would be a great opportunity. Many thanks Lara Clarke 1-810-867-4187. P.S. If I do make it and concentrate on it I would like to become a travel writer. 10/24//2015 @ 8:16 pm.

  • I have just joined Wealthy Web Writer and just found out about this opportunity. I am so sad I missed the deadline! I would have been scared, but would have loved to join the contest. I have been studying copywriting through AWAI since April. I received a 1.5 on my restaurant letter. I thought… WHAT!!?? Being an “A” student in the past, and thinking I catch onto things very quickly and am a fairly good writer, in addition to working on the letter pretty hard…. I was SHOCKED that I only received a 1.5. I was almost mad. LOL So I have spent the last 6 months re-studying the course, taking my time and doing things differently, and will re-submit my letter this week. I hope to get a better score this time! Maybe I can try this contest next year and will be more ready for it. Good Luck to everyone! Can’t wait to hear from the submissions!

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