..well not exactly.
Just more job hunting, my customers have slowed down considerably. I have a few jobs to ghostwrite, one blog, and some video editing, but not enough to pay the bills.
The last few weeks have been spent trying to teach myself how to design a WordPress website and I am quite impressed with myself. http://dracmor.com is the website for a Scottish clan that my husband and I run. It is primarily based at the Bristol Wisconsin rennaisance faire.
We are not a hardcore clan, we are more a large group of friends with a tying interest. We are extremely diverse in careers, age, sex and race and just like to have fun. We are also a support network that attempts to help each other when there are problems, unfortunately more and more of us are having financial difficulties. So if you ever get out to the Bristol ren faire look for those of us with the black tartan (many simply have a pin of it with a loop of pearls) and say hi or ask them to direct you to Lady Dracmor or Kattosha.
The last time I had developed this page was almost ten years ago and then I wrote it in painstaking HTML, but it was a valuable lesson. This was much easier as I used a WordPress base and I love how adaptable it is and how many addons I can find out there for it. The site is not yet complete as I have plans to add a message board, marketplace, and blog to it. Once those pages are complete I will grant limited access to my members so they can post their own photos and sales information. There will also be two subsites eventually added; one will be for Pirates and the other for Steampunk.
If you get a chance pop over to dracmor.com and give me your opinions. I would love to hear how outsiders view this and see if you have any suggestions to add to it. Unfortunately being on the inside I may be missing some key points.
As stated earlier I have a non-paying client that I cannot get hold of, she owes me a lot of money and I don’t think I will see it.
There are only a few options I can pursue:
- Drop it all and forget the money, take it as a lesson learned
- Publish everything I sold her, despite the fact that her customers have published them. I have proof of when I wrote them
- Contact the websites where they are published and politely offer your services, after all if my customer is missing then they aren’t receiving blogs from her.
I chosen to go with option #3 for now. I just emailed one of the sites:
I realize that you have been dealing with **** for your blog entries, I believe that she provided them to you on a monthly basis. I have not been able to contact her for quite a while now and I am uncertain if anyone has been covering her in her absence.
If she is not responsive to your requirements I would appreciate the opportunity to write your blogs, if even on a temporary basis.
I have several ghost writing
projects I have done and a steady ghostwriting clientele including an engineering firm in Abu Dhabi
, a wine enthusiast, a drug rehab facility, a dental facility and a ‘best of’ list.
If you would like to discuss this further I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve also given them links to all my blogs, so they will see this if they choose to look and will know that I am basically poaching, but I’m sort of poaching what I have already written. I am just skipping the middle man.
Writing my own blogs is getting exceedingly difficult, I have a million ideas a day that I sell but when it comes to my own I tend to be a big blank. The few ideas I have I write then I go and hawk them to someone else for money. My portfolio blog at http://killerteacup.wordpress.com/isn’t going to grow too much if I keep doing that, but I keep looking at the money end of things. I don’t want to be on unemployment forever.
I find I have no problem writing for someone else, but then again they normally give me a topic. Today I wrote several blogs on a variety of topics that were vastly different: Tattoos, stages of pregnancy, DogTV, skateboarding, and two excel data sheets. Tomorrow has three articles due on SEO and one on Catastrophic computer failure. All of these, except DogTV and pregnancy are ghostwriting. My big problem with some of these topics is keeping them within the required word limit. Some of these topics I could write on for days, I really need to restrict my writing and stop giving so many of my customers free work.
I guess I have written my limit for the day as I now have a four-year-old and a 120 lb dog laying at my feet begging to go outside and play. That means that my day is over and when I come back in it will be time to clean the kitchen and make dinner. I am off now to see what the neighborhood is doing.
For someone that didn’t really know what they were doing I think I did pretty good and my customers web page passes a quick inspection, at least it was in time for their big show this weekend. Apparently he finally got in touch with his programmer today and the guy will work on the glitches in the system. Talk about lack of support, I didn’t even know the program and offered a better support system than the guy who programmed it.
One advantage is that I am now more familiar with WordPress. If I get a chance I will use my new found skills to dress this blog up a bit, but the personal blogs are the last thing on my list for me to spend time on. I have to pay the bills first.
On the employment end of things, I’m still applying to jobs. I now have three different resumes to cover three different job sets. One for field service work, one for computer troubleshooting and one for writing. I really want something to bite, even a part time job will work. I want something that is a guaranteed income. I can supplement with the writing.
I could probably make a living with the writing, but I am not getting any support at home. My husband seems to think I am sitting here doing nothing all day. I’ve actually worked out my hours and I figure I only have about 15 hours a week when I can do uninterrupted writing, that’s only about 60 hours a month. To make a viable living I would have to charge about $30 an hour. I don’t think that is going to happen at this point.
My current plan is to put my son in daycare full time over the summer so maybe I can actually make money at that point while I am looking for work elsewhere. I want to make writing work, I want to turn this into a living, unfortunately my home life won’t let me.
Well my client had a nice theme they purchased for a website and they had asked me to update the blog on it, which I had no problem doing. It was easy to work on the blog; however as we progressed I noticed a few glitches in the theme pertaining to font issues. I asked permission to contact the theme designer, then did some research and found out that I wasn’t the only one with the font issues. I left messages for the designer and have not heard back. Okay the page looks fine except for a few areas were font overlaps itself, or insets. My customer then asked me update the “contact us”, that was designed pretty simply…They just don’t give you a lot of options.
I logged in this morning and the website is a disaster….the colors have changed, a slide show has vanished, whole pages of text are gone, even the company logo has vanished. I have no idea what happened and the customer is pleading ignorance, however I can tell that they have been in the system because there is a whole lot of new photos uploaded.
The customer is in a panic because they have a big show this weekend where they plan to direct people to their website. They have asked me to help them fix it….problem is that I do not know wordpress…I know minimal programming and I know HTML…
Now I am learning WordPress on the fly