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Working Outside My Comfort Zone

Over the past week or so, I have decided to try a couple new approaches to finding clients. I have a solid client base at the moment, so branching out and trying some new tactics is something I have room for. When things are tight, I usually go with the tried and true client searches, afraid of losing opportunities that will keep my head above water, but right now I feel as if I can take chances and not lose out on anything.

I have signed up for Entrecard, which so far has increased traffic a bit, but they are in the middle of updates and changes, so I'll reserve commenting on its effectiveness for awhile. I haven't yet posted on their network offering my services, but I plan to in the future. For now, I'm finding new writing blogs to read, as well as dropping cards on blogs in other markets that may have the need of a writer.

I've also jumped on Twitter, though I haven't quite figured out how that is going to get me business. Quite a few freelancers are testing these waters and if nothing else, it is a lot of fun for the camaraderie and banter between us. Laura, at Writing Thoughts, is journaling her Twitter experience on her blog, so follow along to see what influences it has for her.

Should things continue to go well, I plan on working on my own professional website within the next month or so. If anyone has recommendations on hosting services that have easy to use design templates, I'm all ears!

I'll keep you all posted on my new experiments in stepping outside my daily routines!


Now that I need a new blog and/or website, I'd also like to hear which web host or blogging platform they use and prefer. I really want to try Wordpress (not the hosted one), but I'm scared to death! Because of that, I may end up with the hosted version - but I know in the end I'll want the versatility that comes with being able to manipulate any part of the site's code. Let me know if you find anything interesting! Now I wish I had never deleted the old blog...starting from scratch is a real bummer.

April 9, 2008 at 6:19 PM  

Keep me posted on how things are going with the deleted blog struggle! I'll let you know what I find when I get on the webhosting searches, etc!!

April 11, 2008 at 12:50 PM  

I don't know how I feel about the entracard and twitter thing. It sounds like more reasons for me to goof off. Seriously? Do I look like I need a reason?

April 11, 2008 at 12:59 PM  

I've been using for three years and have had no trouble at all with the service or tech support when I had a lot of what must have seemed really stupid questions to them. :)

April 11, 2008 at 11:42 PM  

Thanks for writing this. I have been enjoying twittering, but I definitely have to limit it so that it doesn't keep me from working.

April 12, 2008 at 9:48 AM  

@Nikki...Come on, girl, you know you love a good distraction as much as I do!

@Laura...I'll have to take a look at that one. I've been invited to share hosting with a good friend and fellow writer, so I'm looking at doing that for awhile, but might need my own sometime in the future

@Laura Spencer...You're quite welcome! I have to avoid it, too, when I'm facing a deadline or things can get ugly!

April 13, 2008 at 4:11 PM  

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