"Armchair BEA Day Four: Beyond the Blog

Today's topic for Armchair BEA is Beyond the Blog.  Specifically it is about opportunities our blogs have presented us beyond getting free books.

I have always enjoyed writing.  My university degree in History and Political Science pretty much guaranteed me a whole lot of writing and I loved writing all of those papers.  After that I went on to get a graduate degree in Public Relations.  More opportunities to write, though usually confined to just a few pages!

I never actually went to work in the field as my daughter was born right after I finished that degree.  So part of the reason why I started this blog was to be able to keep up my writing skills in the years that I spend at home with my kids.  Who knows when I'll end up back in the workforce!

During this time I've managed to do some freelance writing and editing not related to this blog.  However, once a friend saw my blog and what I was doing, she asked for permission to repost some of my reviews in a column on a website for women that she runs.  It's not paying gig but it's an honour to be a part of the site from the beginning.

I look forward to any opportunities I have to go beyond the blog.  Anything I can do to spread the word about good books is a dream of mine!  I'm thrilled that my blog has given me the chance to do this while I stay at home with my kids.


  1. Nice that your blog posts are valued and re-blogged, that's great!

    I am not working either and find that the blog keeps me into a bit of a working mood: do a good job, work regularly on the blog, write a review even when I don't feel like it. This way, some of the work ethic is sticking, which is a good thing.

  2. Those are very good connections! I haven't been paid for any freelance work either, but I like writing little feature articles for blogs and things to get my name out there and to meet new twitter-folk and bloggers. Plus it helps me personally to write for a deadline, or if someone is counting on me.

    good luck toward your 100 book reading goal -wow!

  3. You never know who you'll meet through your blog or freelancing! Great post.


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