Always Learning, Always Sharing

Article by Wendy McCance

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity.  Business has picked up and I have had to learn how to maximize each day so that I can touch on each item I feel needs attention.

An example of a typical day looks like this:

1.  Up at 6am.  Get kids ready for school.  Sit down at the computer and check email, blog, Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook.

2.  Kids off to school.  Sit down and write a blog post.

3.  Send out letter of inquiry emails to 30 potential prospects.  (I go to my many social media sites and connect with people who work in a field that might be able to use a freelance writer).

4.  Now that I am more alert, I work on my writing projects.

5. More emails and check in to social sites. (I stay on top of comments that come in throughout the day).

6.  Around 3pm, pick up the kids from school.

7.  Snacks, homework, activities and making dinner.

8.  Once all the above is out of the way, it’s back to the computer.  The wash, rinse, repeat of what I have been doing all day.

9.  9pm the kids are in bed and I am back to writing assignments.

10.  11:30pm call it a night after I put together a schedule for the next day.

Basically it comes down to this, as a writer you also have a business.  To see success, I try to squeeze as much as possible out of each day.  It’s rare for me to take a day off.  Yep, I usually do this seven days a week.

When people have asked me how I have gotten so busy, I tell them that I work my butt off.  Within that general schedule, I find down time here and there and use it to my advantage.  I check out some additional plugins for the blog.  I am still filling in images on my posts.  I have almost 5 pages filled in out of 15 pages.  I think there is around 25 posts per page.  I have a lot of posts!!  I have also taken time to read.  I read books and blogs that give me more information on writing, marketing, business and social media.

So, there it is.  This is what it has taken to see success and I’m not there yet.  Writing is not a fly by night venture.  This is my business.  I take it seriously and put all of my effort into building a strong company.

Now for a couple of exciting updates:

I got an email a few days back from Linda Formicelli from The Renegade Writer.  I was invited to Chicago to meet with both Linda and Carol Tice from Make a Living Writing for dinner.

In the email, Linda explained that both women have invited 5 guests each to take out to dinner and get to know.  I was floored.  I have no idea why I was one of the people chosen, but it was thrilling.  I am in Michigan and the meeting is in Chicago, so I am trying to make arrangements so that I can attend.

If you are familiar with these women, I’m sure you will understand my excitement in meeting with them.  These women have carved out incredibly successful careers as writers, mentors and teachers.

My second piece of news is specifically for my followers.  I have been in search of yet another way to help you in your own ventures.  I have found a plugin that thrills me.  It is called CommentLuv.

The way it works is that when you leave a comment, you will have an opportunity to pick one of your own articles to provide a link to.  I have the settings so that only followers will get this priveledge.  If you aren’t following, you will not get this opportunity.

I hope you see more traffic from this new tool.  Please let me know if you see a differnce with your own blog after you have provided a link.  I am hoping that this plugin with benefit you a great deal.

All the best,

Wendy

photo by: fleckchen

Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 6 local papers online, including the Oakland Press.The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

To contact Wendy McCance about a writing assignment, interview or speaking engagement, please email her at: wendy.mccance@yahoo.com

4 thoughts on “Always Learning, Always Sharing

  1. Hi Wendy,
    Congratulations on your invitation! I hope you are able to make it.
    Your schedule sounds like a calm day compared to mine, but I have small children. It’s always good to get a glimpse into others’ schedules.
    I’ve come across many blogs who use CoomentLuv. Unfortunately, it’s a WordPress plugin. I’m not on WP. Thank you for sharing.

    Sincerely,
    Karina

  2. Apart from the kids part that sounds like a typical day for me too – although I’m trying to squeeze in writing a non-fiction book as well!

    Thanks for a great post. It’s nice to know others are juggling with similar things throughout their days too.

    Would love to hear about your dinner with those inspirational and successful ladies at some point if you’re willing to share with us?

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