Cyberspace is filled with lots of content, which can be a good thing because it’s a great way to communicate ideas and news. Unfortunately, there’s lots of misinformation swirling around and sometimes important messages get lost in all the noise.
So last month, I founded Content Medley, which focuses on quality content for publications, nonprofit organizations and businesses. I ordered business cards through Vista Print, which offers a very easy and affordable process to design custom cards.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve reached out to publications, nonprofit agencies and businesses to get Content Medley in motion.
Making the move from a newspaper editor to a freelance writer is a big change and I’m still making the adjustment. I’ve continued writing articles for my former newspaper and have spent the past few weeks learning about the world of freelance writing.
I’ve joined the Freelance Writer’s Den, which has provided a wealth of knowledge about a freelance writing career. This past month, I’ve watched webinars, listened to podcasts and focused on soaking up information about freelance writing. I had been active in the American Jewish Press Association as an editor and rejoined as a freelancer and participated in a freelance webinar that provided an opportunity to speak to (former fellow) editors of publications in other states. I also have worked on my writer’s website (with guidance from the Freelance Writer’s Den.)
Topics of my recent articles have included:
- A program that assists families in becoming foster or adoptive parents
- An interview with a woman who assists Jewish communities in Morocco and Tunisia
- An agency’s increase in services for victims of domestic violence
- Leaders in the Phoenix Jewish community discussing recent violence on the eve of President Trump’s visit to Phoenix
- Efforts to fight acts of hatred in Phoenix.
- A foundation’s new grant guidelines
- Rosh Hashanah decor
I also wrote a press release for a local nonprofit agency and one for an upcoming community event and attended my first small business expo. I especially enjoyed hearing about people’s businesses during the speed networking program of the expo and learning about the inspiration behind the creation of nonprofits at the nonprofit tables.
One of the expo speakers was from Google and she spoke about the importance of storytelling for small businesses. She emphasized that businesses need to share their story to their potential customers in an effort to communicate with them. I was happy to hear that since that’s the purpose behind Content Medley!
Plus my three kids returned to school last month so there were school supplies to buy, back-to-school nights to attend and adjusting to our new schedule. It’s not like I haven’t been busy, but we’re now in mid-September and I’m realizing I don’t have much lined up yet for next month. This has been the most challenging part of the switch to freelancing – no guarantee of a paycheck, but knowing there will soon be bills to pay.
Deep breath. Time to move forward.