Can you believe there are just two weeks left in the year?
When we flip the calendar from 2018 to 2019, we will also see the Reality Blog change hands.
Tracy Wilson has let us follow her journey from holding down a job and writing part-time to walking away from her job and building up her freelance writing business. Along the way, she’s shared valuable insights into finding focus, locating good clients, planning and time management, and marketing strategies that work. It’s been fun and exciting to see… and I’ve learned a lot from Tracy. I hope you have too.
At the beginning of the year, we’ll embark on a new journey with a new writer. I’m happy to announce that in 2019, Andrew Murray will take up the mantle of Wealthy Web Writer Reality Blogger.
Andrew and his wife Peta left their day jobs for a life on the road. They travel, year-round, exploring Australia’s wide-open spaces. Experienced remote travelers, Andrew and Peta travel, work, and live in their 4×4 truck camper.
Their adventures are funded in part by Andrew’s writing work. This year, Andrew has plans to take that up a level — to build his Money-Making Website, Top Wire Traveller, to the point where it provides a regular income… enough to sustain their lifestyle on the road.
And we all get to go along for the ride.
If you’ve ever considered a digital nomad lifestyle or if you’ve been interested in building a passive income to replace all or part of your normal income, then Andrew’s unfolding story is one you do not want to miss!
So I hope you’ll join me when I say, “Welcome aboard, Andrew!”
An Important Reminder
In case you missed Wealthy Web Writer’s End-of-the-Year Challenge, go here to check it out. This is an opportunity to take something you are going to do anyway — set your 2019 goals — and have a little extra fun with it… plus, you could earn a paid byline on Wealthy Web Writer and have a chance to do a hot-seat interview with me. Join in the fun!
New on the Site
Giving away information is a huge aspect of inbound marketing, where you draw potential clients to your business or website rather than you approaching them. In her latest Reality Blog, Tracy Wilson talks about the positive impact being generous with your knowledge can have on your business.
Just like you have goals and objectives for your business, each project you work on has its own associated goals and objectives. The first step to take before you do any writing — even before you do any research — is to figure out what those goals and objectives are.
When you write, does it take a little bit of work to hit your groove? That’s the case for most writers. And often that warm-up copy makes its way into your project — a common mistake. This last week, I shared a few ideas for using your warm-up copy to write stronger first drafts… rather than letting it sneak in and weaken your final work. Check it out.
Mark Your Calendar
December 18: Tomorrow at 1 p.m., Eastern Time, I’m interviewing Tracy Wilson in her final Reality Blog live update. We’ll be looking back at the lessons of the past year, and I’m fully expecting to come away inspired and excited for the New Year. I hope you’ll join us!
Around the Web
Once a week, Writer’s Digest posts a creative writing prompt. If you’re looking for a way to stretch your writing skills, check out their weekly prompt and a 15-minute speed write on the topic.
If you’ve ever read that you should post a daily blog, Jon Morrow (the Keynote Speaker at AWAI’s next Bootcamp, coming up in May) has some words of advice about why you don’t want to do that… and what strategy to use instead.
One of my favorite things is learning from the mistakes of others. If you’re about to launch a blog in 2019, read this first.
If you’re interested in monetizing your blog, you might find this discussion about affiliate marketing useful.
That’s all for now. Make it a great week!