Have Keyboard, Will Travel: A Hired Gun Writer?

A wonderful year 2010 has been for me. I got married, finished my second and third books, and feel like I’ve really come into my own as a writer. I also got back into the tech journalism biz again at The Next Web, and then not. I’m neither resting on my laurels nor wearing sackcloth and ashes about my departure from TNW, but it has made me think about my options. Specifically it’s made me wonder if I should go freelance—a hired gun writer as it were—or hitch my wagon onto another site or company.

Each path has pros and cons. Go freelance and my content will be spread far and wide for a potentially larger audience, but I also lose a central place for the majority of my works. It’s pretty convenient to have a few places where you can find my work. I’ve had the problem before when I was writing for several different sites at a time, answering the question “where can I read your posts” becomes more and more complicated. Hitching my wagon to another site can bring a lot of attention to my work (if the site is high-profile enough), but I am really looking for a place to stay for the long haul.

And that’s the rub.

I really enjoyed working with the team at TNW. Working the night shift every weekday? Not so much. The team aspect of being a part of a larger group is great. It’s something I enjoyed every time I worked with a larger group of writers instead of just being solo. It a feeling that I want to return to, but not at any cost.

I’ve proven myself. I’m published. I’m seasoned. Now that my last posts are done and written for TNW, I’m settling into polishing off a few articles I have in the hopper for Pearson and putting feelers out there for writing at another site.

Yeah the allure of being a hired gun writer is there, but honestly, while I won’t turn down offers to write something for someone, it’s not where I want to be right now. So the next question is…

Where’s the next challenge?

And the answer…

I’ll let you know.


  1. says

    Always good to hear how things are going for you and your endeavors. With the ability to link to and promote your writings from your own site, I’m not sure if that’s really an issue is it? Always direct people to “you” not your “product” directly?

      • says

        Would that be due to a limit by where you’re being published elsewhere? Would they not allow you to link to your posts from your own website? What I’ve done as well is generate a master RSS feed for the various sites that I’ve written on and then feed that master RSS into a sidebar area, into Twitter, etc.


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