Yours truly with the amazing Marina Go, publisher extraordinaire. Marina also presents our course Magazine and Newspaper Writing at the Sydney Writers’ Centre.
Inspired by: Deborra-lee’s Furness’s speech at yesterday’s Business Chicks breakfast in Sydney in a buzzing room full of 1400 people. Some of you may know that I’m the editor of Latte magazine, the magazine published by Business Chicks for corporate and business women. It was great to have Deborra-lee as the cover story on our last issue. She shone some light on the difficult issue of adoption and is here in Australia this week for National Adoption Awareness Week.
You can access the Business Chicks site here.
Speaking: On the weekend, I spoke at Eat.Drink.Blog. This foodbloggers’ conference was held at the Electrolux showrooms – and yes, there was food. And drinking. And bloggers.
It’s not a bad thing to blog about huh? You get to sample amazing meals, go to lovely restaurants, cook up your own fabulous recipes, and then write about your experiences. I spoke about “7 ways to make your writing shine”.
Many of the questions were about how to get paid to write. If you’re a blogger, I think that one of the most effective ways to achieve this goal is to use your blog as a platform to showcase your writing, as opposed to trying to monetise it (which takes a lot of work to generate traffic and a decent enough following to convince advertisers you have an audience). While this is a valid strategy, you may not be interested in the “business” side of it – that is, getting advertisers. If you’d rather focus on the writing then use your blog as a way to show editors your writing skills. Then pitch stories to editors as a freelance writer – and get paid that way.
Loving: All the fantastic 11-words stories in our 11-word story competition. You have until 11.11am on 11.11.11 (that’s today) to enter! Find out more here.
Buying: Kitchen appliances. Yes, my life … so exciting. I guess it was timely that I visited Electrolux’s showrooms on the weekend because, the day before the conference, my partner knocked a hole in our kitchen wall last week, ripped out the oven, emailed me a photo and said: “Can you buy a stove, cooktop and rangehood tomorrow?”
I have never researched any of these items before in my life. So after my session at Eat.Drink.Blog., I wandered into the showroom, asked a few questions, got a five-minute demonstration of some fancy induction ovens (have you seen these things? … who knew cooktops were so advanced?) and walked out with everything sorted. They’ve now all been purchased. A quick decision’s a good decision I reckon!
Loving: Kristie Kellahan’s interview with us on life as a globetrotting travel writer. I’m constantly amazed by Kristie’s Facebook updates because she always jetting off to some exotic location – all in the name of work. She talked to us about how she manages to get paid to travel the world!
If you’d love to follow in Kristie’s footsteps, think about enrolling in our Travel Writing course.
Watching: Killing Time on TV1. This is an excellent – and under-rated show – about the real life Melbourne lawyer Andrew Fraser and his ultimate drug-fuelled downfall. David Wenham does a great job as Fraser. I highly recommend it.
It’s officially a 10-part mini series but due to current legal proceedings TV1 only have the rights to air the first six episodes. TV1 finds out this week if it can air the next four. Stay tuned …
Listening to: Bon Jovi Greatest Hits CD in my car. What can I say? I’m a bogan from way back.