Thursday, May 29, 2008

Off to a conference

When I first began this blog, over a year ago now, it was supposed to be a little bit of health stuff and a little bit of writing stuff. Obviously, the health stuff took over.

I don't mind; that's how I make my living now. It's interesting how it all evolved though. Blogging isn't my main source of income - in fact, it doesn't pay a lot. But what my two network blogs do (www.wombwithin.com and www.helpmyhurt.com) is they put me in contact with other bloggers, help me learn my blogging craft, and pay me a small amount for my trouble at the same time. Blogs like this one don't pay anything in terms of dollars, but they have caught the attention of clients who found me through it. I also have another blog, for mdnglive.com that seems more like a weekly column than anything else.

What's great about blogging, though, is that these are all topics I know and enjoy writing about. For this blog, I get to write pretty well anything I want. I like searching for the news and I like picking a topic and writing - or ranting.

I like writing for my pain and pregnancy blogs because I think I'm a teacher at heart. I love to share information and it comes very easily to me. Since I'm on the computer all day long anyway, for my regular writing, I might as well do regular searches and find what I want/need to share with others.

My regular writing clients range from start up companies to well known text-book publishers. I find clients and some clients find me. What I truly love about the writing field is how we all seem to help one another. If I know someone wants a type of writing I can't do, I try and find someone for them, so they don't leave empty handed. The clients always seem to appreciate it because recommendations mean a lot. And, I've also benefited from people sending work my way or posting in a writers' group that they're looking for someone. We all seem to help each other.

i've been asked why, with the nursing shortage as it is, I no longer work as a nurse. I could give you a whole list of reasons, but the most important one is that I love what I do. I love to write, specifically about health issues, although I do like to write non-health stuff too. I love being able to work at what I love to do, each and every day.

Tomorrow, I'm leaving to go to a conference of writers and I'm so looking forward to it. It took a long time for me to identify myself as a writer, but now I can and I do. And I'm thrilled to be able to do it.

Today on Help My Hurt:

Overweight men need joint replacements the most often
Guest article: Spinal stimulation
Placebos (sugar pills) for children?

Today on Womb Within:

Save the Children Mother’s Index
Press Release: Some C-sections may not be medically necessary, March of Dimes say
Calculating your due date
Celebrate your own birthdays!
Keeping track of what’s safe - and not - during pregnancy
Your baby is growing - the third month

News for Today:

C. difficile cases growing in U.S., report finds
One quarter of disabled kids not getting special education: StatsCan
Vitamin D does not protect against prostate cancer: U.S. study
Estrogen a factor in half of prostate cancers: study
Looking tired or angry may have more to do with facial aesthetics than how you feel
Ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen may be equally effective at reducing risk of Alzheimer's disease
Anti-Smoking Drug Chantix Linked to Seizures, Heart Problems, Diabetes

2 comments:

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Terrie Farley Moran said...

Hi Marijke,

Have a wonderful time at the conference. I still hold my first mystery writers conference as one fo the best expeirences in my life. Enjoy and learn!!

Terrie