I have learned four valuable lessons from writing on the web.
1. Your potential audience is very large.
2. My grammar needed improvement.
3. Engaging with others, professionally, can be very rewarding.
4. Writing is a potential career or a great part time job.
1. One month after I began writing financial articles, I decided to do an analysis of a local company. I had previously tried to apply for many positions within this company. I was never successful. My article was published at 6:00 a.m., by 9:00 a.m. I had a voice mail from their human resources department.
You never know who is going to read your article. Speak from the heart and do it truthfully. Even though I was somewhat critical of this company’s finances, it was a well written unbiased piece. It obviously caught their attention and ultimately led to an interview.
2. Even with a master’s degree in business, I needed help with my writing. The first several articles I wrote were rejected for grammar. I was let down, but determined to succeed. Not big mistakes, just a matter of commas here and there. After much practice, along with trial and error, I can write an article without spending hours on editing.
3. Writing for a financial publication, I am constantly engaged with individuals seeking help. Other publications serve as entertainment, whereas most financial articles are focused on analysis or self-help. I enjoy taking the time to talk to my readers. They, after all, are my customers. As a teacher, I genuinely like to help others. I have never spoken to a reader and not learned something new. Often times they are the idea base for my next article. A great question can turn into a great article.
4. When I started writing, it was only for the purpose of soaking up extra time I had during the summer. Through networking and speaking with other contributors I have realized that for some, this is their career. I have a new found respect for the time and effort that some writers put into their work. I personally spend many hours researching the articles I put together.
What writing has lacked in pay, I have more than gained in education. I am now a much better writer which enables me to be a better and more effective teacher. I have gathered a following of individuals that appreciate my work, something I take a lot of pride in. I continue to write today because it has become enjoyable.