I didn’t even know what a blog was when I was first approached to write for one in 2006. Although I’d been doing some online writing, blogs were still fairly new and hadn’t taken off as something that a person could get paid a decent freelance income to write. I accepted the paying gig to do tech news on the weekends and my introduction to blogging began. Almost immediately after this, blogging as a paid gig hit its stride and soon I was seeing and applying for blog gigs of all kinds.
From 2006 to 2010 I wrote for a broad range of different types of blogs. My experiences grew and changed at the same time that this new paid writing industry was growing and changing. I did free writing for community blogs to get experience. I had a voice on multi-author blogs. I worked as a blog ghostwriter for SEO companies who were using blogs to create backlinks for website promotion in the pre-Penguin, pre-Panda world of Google ranking. I was hired to submit guest blogs to many sites to bring attention to specific sites I was already writing for. I was hired to write on niche topics for high profile websites that were launching blogs. I was hired by small companies to help them figure out how a blog could benefit their sites. It was an exciting time. Nobody quite know where blogs fit in with the rest of the online publishing world and I had the chance to learn it all from the inside out.
I do still occasionally write for other blogs. I think it is good experience and usually provides a great opportunity to expand my audience, my writing voice and my knowledge base. However these days I primarily focus on writing for my own blogs.
I currently operate several blogs, meaning that I thought them up, designed them, developed them, write their content and promote them around the web. I do almost all of it myself but I do get some terrific tech help from a web support guy. I know a lot about the tech side but not enough to handle it all myself.
My current blogs are:
- Crochet Concupiscence. This is my primary blog where I write daily about all things crochet. I especially enjoy sharing information about crochet art, crochet in fashion and crochet in the design industry. I also report on craft news from around the industry, support the work of other crocheters with posts about their projects and share topics of interest to crocheters today. The Crochet Concupiscence blog was a runner-up for a 2011 Flamie Award for the Best Crochet Blog and it was featured in a 2012 issue of Inside Crochet Magazine.
- Diary of a Smart Chick. This blog is my personal blog. It’s gone through many adaptations over the years but basically this is just a place where I share my random thoughts and experiences. If I go to a museum or see a great movie or am reading something I love then it will usually find its way onto this blog.
- The Kathryn Vercillo Blog. The blog associated with this site is about my career as a professional writer and author. I share news, tips and insights. To get more information about what you’ll find on this blog, click here.
My previous blogs:
- Real Words. This website, KathrynVercillo.com, has gone through many incarnations over the years. For a long time it had a blog associated with it called Real Words. In its early days, Real Words was a place where I wrote about my experiences in the writing world, what it was like to be an online writer, etc. Some of my favorite topics at the time were writing + creativity, eco-friendly writing practices and social media for online writers. In later days this blog became a place where I helped other writers get some attention by publishing guest posts of their work. It was a great project while it lasted but eventually other projects took its place and it had to be let go.
- San Francisco is Sexy. My first self-directed blog that I ever set up and ran with was called San Francisco is Sexy. It explored the flirty side of the city and gave me an excuse to research lots of things going on here like a San Francisco from a hair salon that featured erotic art on the walls, sexy dining experiences like Dining in the Dark and photographers specializing in boudoir photos. This blog was short lived, lasting only about a year, for a number of reasons but it was so fun. And since it was my first blog it really taught me a lot about blogging for myself (as opposed to blogging on someone else’s platform). Although the blog is now defunct, you can read the Top 10 Reasons I Think San Francisco is Sexy in a post I did over at Travelogged.
Blogging For Others
I love running my own blogs but I got my start in blogging for others.
On Blog Platforms
I have had the opportunity to develop my voice as a writer with my own individual pages on larger multi-blog platforms. Some examples:
- HubPages. I started blogging for HubPages in 2007 when the site was just starting. I continue writing articles there periodically to share work that doesn’t have another home on the web. I have published over 1100 articles on the site, which together have been read more than 10 million times! I have over 5000 followers on the site, have had my work featured there as a Hub of the Day and am a featured “Success Story” for the site.
- Houzz. Likewise I started on Houzz when it first launched. This is a photo-rich blog site for interior design ideas.
- San Fran Voice. This was part of a blog network that consisted of multiple blogs about various cities with each blogger covering a single city. I covered San Francisco. I wrote many different things but emphasized arts and music in the city. This blog was eventually bought by b5 media and I discontinued my writing around that time. The posts archived there are mine.
As a Hired Blogger
I have worked as a paid blogger for many different types of sites. Here are a handful of links to some samples of my work on various blogs:
As a Guest Blogger
I have been a featured guest blogger on dozens of blogs over the past few years. Here are some links to my guest posts:
- Crochet Liberation Front
- Whip Up
- USA Today Travel Tips
- SF Indie Fashion
- MSN Money
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