How to develop an online writing career

> Anyone who writes often for marketing/advertising/a business/your personal blog, please share what you do and what your writing habits are!

I’ve had a few different phases to my writing.

  1. I started out as a writer with a personal blog, blogging about daily life and random thoughts. (I’ve since archived this.)
  2. I got a lot of responses on my writing about local politics and social issues, so I did more of that.
  3. I got headhunted to join a tech startup because the founder enjoyed my writing, and needed somebody to head up the blog.
  4. I weaned off my local political writing and focused my time learning to do business goal-driven content marketing. Lots of trial and error, lots of learning.
  5. I used to write heavily on Quora, which boosted my craftsmanship as well as my self-esteem.
  6. I have a personal writing project on the side, where I’m working on writing 1,000 sets of 1,000 words, for fun.
  7. I’ve sometimes posted some things on Medium when it felt appropriate. I’ve had two particular posts go pretty viral– one about Mean Girls, and one about How To Bullshit Everybody.

Prescriptive advice?

  • Write as much as you possibly can.
  • Write about as many different things as you possibly can.
  • Pursue what is strange, funny, weird, interesting. That’s where the good stuff is.
  • Be willing to ship stuff that’s imperfect. If you’re worried about damaging your reputation, publish under a pseudonym, or ask a trusted friend to give you negative feedback.

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