Writers’ Roundup: September 10
September 9, 2010
Wow, busy week. Anybody else feel like they’ve got a lot on their plate?
Some great links this week. A good variety, too, which makes me wonder whether I should continue to call this the Writers’ Roundup. Let’s get to it!
- Excellent advice from ProBlogger: Make your blog sound like a trusted friend. This is huge when it comes to creating a blog community. I’d take it one step further and say don’t make it sound like a friend, make it be a friend. Make that trust real.
- The National Association of Memoir Writers recently held a tele-conference (which I believe they’re turning into a regular occurrence) about red flags in memoir. Writer’s Digest’s Jane Friedman offered some great tips, so it’s worth listening to the audio.
- Love this piece from Chris Brogan about looking for work. Create your own income, he says, rather than waiting for it to come to you.
- What does it mean to be useful on Twitter? Social media thug Marian Schembari explains. Super important.
- Oh! And writer Jessica Lawlor has me at her blog this week for a Q&A, where I talk about how I combat the lonlieness that comes with writing from home.
Have a great weekend!
7 Replies to “Writers’ Roundup: September 10”
Great links as always and thanks for including the link to your interview on my blog! 🙂
I always love your roundups! If I start one on my blog on fridays — links on environmental stuff, money stuff, simplicity stuff — am I a copycat?
So PT’s article is interesting and I think she’s right on some counts, though the very short article (and her style, which can be flip) oversimplifies things. Having a baby when work stuff ain’t, well, working is a great idea ONLY if you don’t care that work stuff ain’t working. Otherwise … oh lord. Big recipe for resentment.
I had a baby during a ‘lull’ in my career (if you call quitting a lull!) and it was an excellent choice for me. But some big factors: I had financial support via my husband (I’m staying home full time) and I *wanted* to leave journalism anyway. I quit because I was unhappy with journalism and where it was heading, and I didn’t want to do anything else job-wise. (I’m taking it easy on the “career” front these days, and putting my energy into other things). The fact I then got pregnant right after quitting was wonderful luck. But what’s made it really easy for me is I wanted to leave my job and try getting pregnant — I wanted to have a career lull. I’m not torn between two worlds; I’m not trying to balance work life and baby caring. I’ve seen so, so, so many people make themselves unhappy trying to do this.
If you’re in a work lull *not by choice,* what happens if you have a baby and then all your time is tied up and you wonder “what if” you could be working on career stuff?
I feel good about what I’m doing because I know I’m not missing a damn thing at a newspaper right now. It’s been very easy to walk away and stay home for a few years. But if newspapers were booming and all sorts of exciting things were going on, or if I was really eager to launch a new career or hit the job market? Oh man. It’d be hard to be home with a baby.
You make such a good point here. You’re the perfect person to weigh in on this!
Go ahead and start a round-up! Lots of people do it 🙂
Also, is there no longer a button that lets me subscribe to comments? Or is it just in a different place and I can’t see it ’cause me dumb?
See the Share the Knowledge arrow? It’s under that, the third button in from the left, the orange RSS button. It says Subscribe to Comments or something like that when you hover over it 🙂
I knew me being dumb was the most likely answer. Gracias!
You always have such good links. I keep subscribing to more and more blogs. But will I ever have time to read them all…! ;P Congrats on the interview. Tre cool.