Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Making Plans

Well, it's December 31st--just a few short hours to complete my 2008 resolutions. I'll report on how I did on those tomorrow, once the year is officially over.

Looking ahead to 2009. I haven't made any concrete, life altering resolutions yet. Best get started on that, I guess.

But, here are some thoughts I've been having lately. I'm kind of liking this blogging thing. Being away from CaringBridge (because, thank God, Finn, and the whole family, is healthy) has allowed me a certain sort of freedom to break out and write about. . .well, really anything I guess. It's also made me think a little about where else I might write in 2009. This introspection is kind of a long time coming, and it's mostly stemming from concerns about future finances.

Have I talked much about what I "do" in the real world? I feel sure I've talked about the fact that I'm a freelance writer (Insert huge disclaimer here. If you're reading this blog and thinking, "You're kidding me. The author of this drivel is an actual writer??? Please note that I write this blog in total stream of consciousness and I don't go back and edit myself. I turn in slightly more professional results to my clients. Not that I don't think you deserve the best here, but this is me writing the way I talk, not the way I write. How about that for ridiculous?).

People get all excited when I tell them I'm a writer. And then they ask what I write and assume I'm going to say children's books or articles for the New Yorker. I wish. My two biggest clients are two state CPA societies, meaning that CPAs in several states read my material in the bi-montly magazines their state society produces, or they may read electronic news I've pulled and edited specifically for their interests as well. When I tell people I work for state CPA societies, they think I'm a CPA. I'm not. But I do play one on the Internet. Just kidding. My undergraduate degree is in Journalism and I have an MBA in marketing (the common sense degree). I could tell you a fair bit about International Financial Reporting Standards, but I'm guessing you'd prefer I didn't.

Say what you will about the CPAs, I've heard it all (and possibly thought it myself), but I enjoy working with them. Sometimes I write technical stuff, sometimes I write fun stuff, like profiles of members who have interesting hobbies (example: the 74 year old woman who is a CPA and is also an avid hot air balloonist--that was pretty cool). Anyway, I like it and it pays the bills.

But I'm feeling a need to branch out and see what else I can do as well. Could I write for a high end magazine? Heck, I don't know. But I'll never know if I don't try. My Dad was reading some of my stuff while I was here and trying to convince me I could write for the New York Times. Well, of course he's going to say that--he's my Dad. That's what Dad's do. I've been thinking about it though and if it's the economy that makes me break out of my historic CPA shell, so be it.

I'm also contemplating writing a book about Finn's cancer journey. It pops up on my Outlook to do list each week: "Write a book--hahahaha." I want to cross that off. I'm not sure who the market for this book would be yet though.

Anyway, the reason for this ramble (and my blog is the only place I can ramble--clients who pay by the word do not appreciate rambling) is that one of the things I'm thinking about doing this year is really beefing up my blog by posting more often (probably on a Monday thru Friday schedule), seeing if I can get more traffic here (because I'm convinced there are dozens more people out there who want to read more about ME), and. . .and this is a big one. . .possibly putting advertising on here. Ack. I can't believe I just said that. BUT, I'm saying it because I'd love your feedback. Truly, I'm doing it because I need to see if I can generate some revenue. I don't know what the blog advertising brings in--probably not much--but I need to try and find out. I want to know how you feel though. Would it drive you away? Because that would make me sad. And lonely. Is anyone else out there reading this who has advertising on their page? Thoughts? Advice? Warnings? Musings? Let me know. If this were a different economic climate, I wouldn't even be considering it, but these are the times that try women's soles--which means we need to raise money to buy new shoes. And maybe blog advertising is the way to do it.

So hop over to the guestbook and let me know what you think.

Happy New Year!


manda said...

I read your blog everytime you post something new....LOVE IT!! And I have you linked from my corner of blog land. I don't mind advertising on blogs at all. You do what you need to do...I will still be an avid reader.

1dreamr said...

I *know* you know this, but I'll say it anyway. Your "stream of consciousness" style of writing is what draws us in and keeps us coming back for more!! Ads or no ads, you're stuck with me. I say - GO FOR IT!! :-)

Happy New Year!

Kristie said...

I think ... I think ... honestly, I think I've wondered the exact same things you're wondering. :)

Anonymous said...

My very favorite CPA is my dad!

Whatever you do, I will continue to read your stream of consciousness!


Hillary said...

If my memory serves me correctly, I was forced against my will as a young child to listen to your musings while you were babysitting...stream of Natalie consciousness while eating grilled cheese...stream of Natalie consciousness while watching 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids'....and now I come back for more--by choice--as a grown adult. :) So advertising or not, I've been hooked a long time. DO IT! :) If your gut has you pondering it, it is for a reason.....

Anonymous said...

Go for it Natalie! I would love to read several new posts every week! I'm so glad other people like to write, I like to read. My mom says my Christmas letters are so funny, I should be a writer, but I stress about it for months and then sit down and slam out the darn thing just to get it done. I don't think that's a sign of someone who loves to write...Good luck with your decision, I will keep checking in every day for new updates!

Anonymous said...

Bring on the advertising, and hopefully some extra $$! Nothing would ever keep me away from checking up on your family.

Postcard Cindy

The Professional Bag Lady said...

I have enjoyed your writing for some time now... following from Finn's CB site to yours... and I will continue to read as long as you like to write.

Ever since I found Google Reader - it has made reading the various blogs soooo much easier. One of the things I think all the blogs (that I follow) have in common is the humor and wit.

So keep writing and know that we enjoy the "stream" -

Anonymous said...

I love you guys and wouldn't not read your blog because of advertisements. I check it daily, so updating more often would be great! And I love the book idea!!!

jean said...

I read lots of blogs that have ads on them, and I can honestly say that I ignore them most of the time. If it will bring in some extra cash for you, I say go for it. I don't think that it will turn away any of your faithful readers, and you'll be right there with most of the other bloggers! Whatever you choose to do, we're behind ya!

Leeann said...

I say go for it, unless it means that you have to write what others want you to write instead of what YOU want to write.

Did that even make sense?

Mom on the Run said...

I'm trying to "earn" money with my blog. I'm writing for several sites. It seems an uphill struggle. I almost feel as though I missed the boat...maybe there was money to be earned several years ago with mommy blogging...now not so sure. I'll let you know if I have any success.

For what it's worth I like stopping by your blog!