It’s hard to believe, but on August 19, our writing blog will be ten years old. I’ve been aware of the anniversary for some time; a little bemused by it. Professional writing has changed immensely in the past decade.
Ten years of the writing blog which helps you to make money
In 2006, blogging was still an esoteric activity. Writing for the Web seemed, to many professional writers, slightly déclassé… Web writers were slumming it. “Real” writers wrote for mass market magazines, and traditional publishers.
And of course, when it came to writing fiction in 2006, that was a purely and simply waste of time if you wanted to make money from your words. Traditional publishers gave minuscule advances, and then expected their authors to put every cent of their advance, and more, into marketing their books.
Self-publishing was hard; too hard for most authors. Then of course, Amazon released the Kindle, and the world changed.
How times have changed in almost every sphere of writing. 🙂 Today, professional bloggers, Web writers, and fiction authors can make six-figure incomes. Some writers make six figures in a month.
From messages and phone calls I receive, I know that this blog has helped many writers to establish wonderful writing careers. I’m thrilled that these writers attribute the foundation of their careers, in a small way, to the help and inspiration they’ve found here. It makes me happy. 🙂
Celebrating ten years by helping you to make plans for the next ten years
Over the next month, I’ll be developing some “best of” blog posts, and other materials. There’s a LOT of material in the archives; some 2,700 posts to date on this blog alone. The Just Write a Book Blog offers another 500 posts — it’s a year younger than this blog. Its ten-year anniversary is coming up next year.
To celebrate our anniversary our focus won’t be on the past. It will be on the future — on helping you to make plans for your writing for the next ten years.
What’s changed in ten years? The rise of the writing entrepreneur
Back in 2006, professional writing was still very much something that someone hired you to do. You wrote, you got paid, you looked for your next gig.
Then the Web and technology improved, and in 2016, and going forward, for experienced professional writers the focus is very much on writing as something you do for yourself. You develop your own projects, and launch them upon the world. Basically, you learned to write by writing for others, and once you know how to do that, you bet on yourself.
Of course, professional writers have always done that, for centuries, let alone decades. Once a writer knew what worked and what didn’t he decided that he needed to make money from his own words. Rather than being a serf, he declared that slavery was dead.
That “my words, my way” ephipany strikes all professional writers eventually. If it hasn’t struck you yet, keep toiling in the salt mines. 😉 Every word you write and publish gives you confidence. Sooner or later, you’ll have experiences that push you into going your own way.
I hope that this blog, and my other blogs, will be here in another ten years. The world will look different again. You and I will be different too, but we’ll nevertheless continue our love affair with words.
BTW, watch for some freebies too. It’s not a birthday without presents. 🙂
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