Why Getting Paid with Stuff (Instead of Money) is Like Having a One-Night Stand

Bloggers: Don't trick yourselves into thinking companies value you if they're paying you in merchI have a friend who makes stuff happen. She's been interviewed on TV at least a gajillion times in the three years that I've known her. One of her pieces for Huffington Post has been on shared on Facebook 58,933 times. (When I said "gajillion" I was exxagerating....more

Best Gift Idea for a 7 Year-Old Boy (Or Any Kid Who Loves Minecraft)

I never write product posts. I don't have that sorta blog. So you're probably expecting me to be snarky or something here. But surprise! I just have to share this with you because the holiday season is coming up and you probably need present ideas that don't suck. Ohmygoodgawd do I hate buying something for my kids and then tossing it out a year later after it's been played with twice. ...more

Building Rituals: The Dilbert Guide to Managing Life

Every day when I make a cup of tea in the microwave I think of my Aunt Klara.While staying at her house in New Hampshire years ago, I dropped a tea bag into a cup of water and put it in the microwave. "No!" she (very nearly) shrieked. "You have to microwave the water without the tea bag!" And then she said why ... and I think it was something to do with the microwave making my teabag radioactive or something like that. I can't quite remember....more

Remarrying and Blending Families After Divorce

The early days of the "blended family" projectSunday morning Benjamin came padding into my room -- make that "our" room -- around 7. "Mom," he said. "I was looking out my window and I saw a ... wait, what are those birds that are all red?"My brain attempted to swim up through the Jell-O of sleep and break the surface of consciousness. "A cardinal," I said."Cardinal," Joe mumbled, about one syllable behind me."Well I saw a baby one of those fall out of a tree," Benjamin continued."What?"...more

My BIG PROBLEM with the Blogher Conference

Quiz question: How do you know you're moving in a week?Answer: You find yourself sitting on a lawn chair in your living room, drinking wine out of a coffee mug.That was me at the end of last week. Today I'm sitting at my cluttery desk -- one of the few areas that remains unboxed -- and mentally finishing packing while simultaneously working....more

Do you stink at asking for money for your writing?

Do you love the idea of getting paid for your writing but can’t figure out how to set your rates? Do you suspect that you’re being underpaid? (Spoiler alert: You probably are!)I have soooo been there. But then I got over it and learned how to confidently ask for the cash that I deserve.Let me show you how....more

Anatomy of a Pitch Letter: How I Get Meetings With Potential Blogging Clients

Here’s exactly what to do to get companies to take you seriously as a freelance writer ...more

How to Get Paid to Blog for Companies: The No-Gimmick Strategy for Serious Writers

You can make a living as a paid blogger (spoiler alert: but maybe not in the way that you think)Believe it or not, making money as a blogger is probably easier now than it ever was....more
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How to Take Charge of Your Pathetic Freelance Writing Career

The secret to making a predictable monthly income as a freelance writerWriters are an interesting breed. Most of us are one-half idealistic dope and one-half pragmatic cynic....more

Freelance Shouldn’t Be Free. Take the PAYlance Pledge

Can you really make a living as a freelance writer?Are you trying to get work as a freelance writer, only to continually run into ads that say things like this:"As Much Work as You Can Handle: The project involves profiles of 500 to 1000 words. Samples are based off of our work log, so accepted ones will be compensated. Each accepted sample will be paid for at a rate of $12 each.”Oooh. As much barely compensated work as I can handle? Sign me up!...more