For those of you who have been following my blog, you may have noticed there has been a severe drop in terms of per-month blog posts from me ever since the early parts of 2010. Some of it was due to dealing with the affair + divorce, but the last three months in particular have been due to moving my base of operations to Cancun.
As of today, the 17th of September, I can say that I’m comfortably settled into my new base of operations. I arrived on September 6th and have a beautiful studio apartment located in the heart of downtown Cancun, just a few minutes from everything I need in terms of stores, facilities, transportation, and most importantly, the beach.
Here’s the thing: I’m not quite sure if I’m going to continue doing “freelance writing” posts here on the Complete Writing Solutions blog. There’s a few reasons for that. First and foremost…there’s a hundred blogs out there talking about the same recycled topics over and over and over, and I really don’t think it does you, the readers, any service to simply re-hash things that are already being discussed elsewhere, such as rates, content mills versus traditional clients, and so on and so forth. I stay as busy as I need to be for my lifestyle, and right now I’m working hard on transitioning into more of a travel writer than anything else. I’m also finally getting back to working on a novel I started back in 2009 and have 80k+ words completed on to-date.
One of the things I’m debating on doing is using this blog as a travel blog, and keeping the main website up to use as an online resume for clients to peruse, and as a place to put up testimonials and otherwise. I’ll likely still post tidbits on freelance writing from time to time when I feel I have something important and original to say, but for the most part you won’t be seeing too much from me in the way of “how to make a living as a freelance writer”. There’s more to it than just not wanting to re-hash other’s comments, however. I also feel that giving away tips for free defeats the purpose of being in business. Lawyers offer initial consultations, but they charge for anything beyond that. Gambling sites offer a few free tips, but if you want the juicy details on how to really make money betting on horses and sports, you pay a tipster for the money-making tips.
In short…I feel that general advice giving is all well and good, but I’m not going to be discussing my own numbers any longer, nor will I be writing “how to make money” articles, because it defeats the purpose of me making money if I’m sharing all my tidbits with people who are accessing the information for free. I may move to a paid forum, I may start pushing the consultations more frequently, or I may write an ebook…I haven’t really decided yet.
In the meantime I’m staying busy, enjoying life in Cancun, getting a tan, staying in shape, eating healthy, picking up hobbies, and generally pursuing a life of travel and work. Feel free to stay tuned as I gradually make changes to the format of the website, and rest assured…Complete Writing Solutions isn’t going anywhere…it’s simply making some changes in terms of what kind of content will be offered on the website.
Thanks to those of you who have followed along in the past, and to all future readers…I hope you enjoy what I put up on the blog, regardless of the focus of the content. Cheers!