I first heard of the word, bookpacking, in the Suite101 post which I have linked to below. I think it is great to have an actual, understandable, word for something I have been doing since I learned to read. In the bookpacking post the writer combines bookpacking with exercise. I haven't always done it that way, at least not deliberately. I do take the bus, walk along downtown, go shopping or even take a day trip or road trip. I always pack a book with me (and my camera for the past several years). Bookpacking is such a great word. Are you one of the people who typically carries at least one book around with you, where ever you go? Even if you might not get a chance to settle in somewhere and have the alone, or quiet time to read... do you always have a book, just in case? I do. I don't think you can take an eReader on a bookpacking excursion. It might get bumped and banged around, it could get wet or you may not have enough battery power to keep the lights on. Besides, there are always times when the old reliable paperback is just what you need.
DashBurst - a social media magazine, design agency and technology startup - is looking to add a full-time writer to its staff. Since launching our blog two months ago, DashBurst is now one of the top 50,000 sites on the web with a rapidly growing community of over 250,000 subscribers. DashBurst is a go-to source online for the latest in social media, business, marketing, technology, web culture, humor, art and design. We're looking for an experienced writer knowledgeable in these and similar fields. We feature breaking news as well as exciting videos, photos, guides, infographics, presentations and more. Take a look at our blog and topic categories to get a better idea of what DashBurst is about. Caution: What you're about to read is not for the faint of heart, and anyone who can't handle this need not apply...via DashBurst is Looking to Hire a Full-Time Lead Writer.
What you'll get: 1) Ok, first three months at the firm are as a trainee. You will make $150 dollars/week.* 2) After that, if you pass the test of successfully running the blog on your own for a day, you will get a full-time offer to join DashBurst, salary commensurate with your experience, including equity in the company where the sky is the limit. 3) Every article you write for DashBurst will get massive exposure, building your portfolio and personal audience.
- Do you write for some big time magazine? Good for you. You can stop here... We're not looking to hire writers away from plush jobs, we're trying to train new ones.
- You're required to work your ass off at this firm. 40+ hours/week writing 2 to 4 articles per day.
- Working knowledge of English, WordPress, Photoshop, PowerPoint, HTML, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Pinterest, Apple, Android, Microsoft, Skype and other current technology is needed.
Refresh your energy for writing your same old blogging project.
I have lost count of my freelance writing years but I know I started writing online in 1998, or 1997 if you count the personal online diary. Over this time I have had many highs and lows. There have been periods where I lost my passion, or the enthusiasm wore thin. It's normal. There will always be great energy and passion for a new project. As time goes on and you explore the ideas you wanted to explore the energy slows down and you begin to sink into the project. It's not that you stop caring but you start using a different energy. You find yourself using a staying power sort of energy. It's a great time to refresh your enthusiasm. You might find something new, you might be impulsive and make a change or you might close down the project. If you really want to. But, that's a shame when there are other options.
Look for inspiration in sites for writers.
- Creative Writing Inspiration | Scoop.it Ideas, inspiration and writing exercises. Help to get writing and stick with it.
Seven Ways to Love Blogging Again
You can find a new side interest, generate new ideas, combine ideas and so on until you have given your self a revamped project to work with. For instance a fashion blogger could write about lingerie instead of trying to fill the niche for all women's fashion. Or, the same fashion blogger could include pet fashion which matches or compliments their owner's fashion choices. Change something of the administration and inner workings of your blog/ site. Try something other than Blogger or WordPress. (Did you even know there are other choices?)
My own experience as a lost, blocked and downtrodden writer.
I've been writing my current, main blog since 2004. It began as part of another site, now gone. I kept it going on my own. Having a schedule helps me with self-discipline. Though I was making weekly posts at first, I stepped up and went daily a couple of years ago. The schedule is good, the discipline is good too but... having a tighter posting schedule accelerates burnout. So, in the years I've been publishing, editing and writing online I have had writer's block and burnout more than a handful of times. I pull myself out each time. I will this time too. One or more of the ideas I've written about above worked for me. After all, I'm still here, writing, editing and publishing online.
Slipstream poetry has been referred to as the, "fiction of strangeness". Slipstream poetry crosses boundaries and leaves you feeling very odd, but in a good way. Most slipstream poetry contains some form of a science fiction or fantasy theme. The term 'slipstream' was coined by Bruce Sterling back in 1989, but it's really starting to gain popularity now.via What Is Slipstream Poetry. The Slipstream Poetry Group (UK)
You've always wanted to be a writer, see your name in print and become known as a source of information on your particular topic. Well, welcome to the Internet. It's a smorgasbord for writers in here, especially if you can work for low pay awhile. Now don't look shocked. There are advantages to writing online, even without getting paid much for your time and trouble. Not that you should go crazy and spread yourself too thin. But, consider the points in favour before you slam the door. First, you are not likely to be rejected. As long as you have some skill with words, watch your grammar, spelling and punctuation, you are pretty much assured of finding a place to write online. I've even seen some pretty horrible prose published on freebie websites. So, in fact, no matter how badly you write, somewhere there is a byline for you. However, your chances of getting to the better known sites depends on your level of writing ability. Secondly, you can become almost an instant authority on your topic of choice. If you want to pull it off make sure you do some research, above and beyond what you already know from personal experience. Talk to others in the field, make contacts, do interviews, get fresh ideas and perspectives to add to your knowledge base. This will also keep your articles fresh and interesting for readers, always a big plus. Thirdly, you will make contacts and promote yourself as a writer. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction getting your name out there is important and a huge advantage. Maybe writing for a freebie website is a lowly credit but it's still something you can show for yourself. It is still a step you have taken rather than hiding under your safe rock and wishing you were a writer. Promote yourself too, get links to other sites, add an email signature to your outgoing email, etc. You're a writer now! Last of all, being a web writer keeps you writing. How do you become a better writer? By writing of course. Practice, learn better spelling, work on your grammar and punctuation as you go. Each week you can learn something new to make you a better writer. Learn by doing and study language arts. Now, where do you go to do all of this you may be asking? There are communal writing sites, like HubPages, About.com and others. Writers can also put up their own personal site or blog. Also, there are plenty of blogs looking for guest posts, and contributing writers (some of them even pay). Now and then you can still find small ezines looking for writers too. Search for something in your topic. Look for writers guidelines or send an email to the publisher. Take time to read what they publish, the writing style as well as the content itself. You may need to have an image with your post. Some sites are now expecting guest post and contributing writers to follow up and respond to comments. You need to decide which kind of site has more advantages for you. Established sites have their good points but there are rules to adhere to whereas on your own site you would be your own boss and have wiggle room to make mistakes, try new ideas and see what works for you. Keep in mind, you should be getting something back for your writing: experience, feedback, social media connections, money... something. If you aren't getting enough out of the site you are writing for stop, move on to another one. Don't fall for claims that major editors and publishers will see your work and snatch you up. No one can make those promises. Beware of writing showcase sites, many of those are read by a very small group of people, mostly the very same bunch that do all the writing and few others. That's what I mean by not spreading yourself too thin. Look at the opportunities online but don't forget to look out for yourself, be picky. Most of all, don't get sloppy. You really never know who might stumble upon your work or when they may wander in. Keep your standards up. Happy writing.