Write What You Know

Many years ago, I began amateur blogging, not really certain of what the point of it would be or who would read it (I know, that sounds like the first line of every blog anyone has ever started), but doing it in earnest nonetheless.

My first one was all about my life with spina bifida and various issues involved with disabilities. In my community. In America. In the world.

The experience gave me a wide-ranging perspective on myself and others. I’d never known a ton of other people with major disabilities before that. The blog grew in its reach the more I wrote from experience. But more importantly, it grew the more I wrote from a growing inquisitiveness on the subject.

My second just-for-kicks blogging project was even more in earnest. It was a blog about the Hindu religion/culture/community. In my city. In America. In the world and beyond.

It gave me a greater understanding of a culture I had begun to delve into deeply, but had just reached the point where I could fluently share my personal insights on it. In doing so I made connections with some people who mean a great deal to me to this day. It showed me that what I thought of as my “self” was a much more vast inner experience than I’d ever imagined.

Fast forward years later and the next two freelance projects for Dailey Freelance Blogging are for a wheelchair and medical supply shop and for a local international community. Though the material from those original blogs has been dispersed in various ways, the experience remains with me.

Though I come to the wheelchair shop project with a lifetime of experience, I can now confidently say I will “write what I know.”

The Hindu blog was an even more life-changing experience. I learned new customs, systems of thought, new ways of looking at the world. With that background, I can now approach the local international community with a mind that is heavily inclined to opening, and embracing.

Sometimes you don’t know until years later why you took on certain projects with such diligence.

It’s Holiday Promotion Time!

I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like once we reach this time of year, well, the whole thing is kind of a blur.

How are you going to decorate for Halloween?
Who’s bringing the pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving?
What do we get Grandma for Christmas or Hanukkah?

And that’s just at home!

If you own a business, as we speak maybe you are dreaming up some fun and spooky Halloween promotion to bring people in the door. But it gets hectic real quick after that.

  • Perhaps you want to show your clients how thankful you are for them.
  • Maybe you want to give them a gift at the end of the year.

The very first client of Dailey Freelance was a business owner who asked me to write a promotion of their services as a Christmas gift one would purchase for a loved one. Since that time of year is coming around again, I look forward to taking another crack at that for you.

Whether your products would make a good holiday gift, or if you have some other festive promotion you’d like to publicize, send me a message at daileyfreelance@gmail.com and tell me about it. We’ll talk and I’ll help you roll it out.

The days are flying by! But that is only one more reason to put me to work for you. It’ll free you up to focus on all of the other end-of-year activity that is coming. Let’s go!

When I Wrote “Songs” and Was a Legend in My Own Mind

It seems like I have always been writing, my whole life, in one form or another. There was a period in my life (my teens and early twenties) when I wrote “songs”. I started out writing rap songs, then when I moved away from my collaborator and best friend, I drifted off into writing what I heard in my head as rock “songs”.

What’s with the quotes?

Well, I never really mastered any musical instrument, and never bothered to work on anything digital, so the words I wrote were only ever songs inside my brain.

My passion is for words. Making them click. Making the message come through in a provocative (call to action) or at least amusing way.

I am a writer.

But that is not a limitation. If someone has illustrations for a book and needs something written, or if they have an idea but are just really good at the business end of getting it published, fine. I am their man. There is nothing wrong with being a piece of the puzzle in the creative process. It can really be inspiring and motivating. If you’ve ever watched the TV show Songland, you may know what I mean.

I am just a writer of words. And that’s okay.

I could have done something with my “songs” — I could have collaborated with some musicians. I didn’t, but I could have. I moved on to the various other, more productive phases of my writing career that you’ve already read about if you’ve followed this blog.

But the point is always, always know the value of the piece of the creative puzzle that you have to offer. It could be the piece someone else is looking for in their own puzzle.

What I Learned From The Worst Editorial Blunder I’ve Ever Made.

Some twenty years ago I was on the staff of my community college student newspaper. It was there that I made the biggest editorial blunder I’ve ever made.

I was working with a small team of great minds on an ad promoting the school’s tutoring department. We bounced around a few ideas, but what we landed on was something like “Is Homework Getting to Be a Real Pain in the Ass? Come to the Tutoring Center for Help.”

I remember having strong reservations about publishing it, but I was a rookie and the person leading the charge on the project was a senior member of the newspaper staff. So I, and the others involved, agreed, and we put our names on it and submitted it.

There were admonishing emails from the college administration.

There were retractions and apology ads run.

There were lessons learned.

Yes I was young but I should have just said I didn’t want to have my name on such an ad, and that I didn’t think it was the best we could do. Sure it was eye-catching, but not in the best way. I should have suggested we talk to the people above us, or who worked in the tutoring center. At that point I think it would have been clear what we should do.

I have a feeling this ad never would have run had we done that. The opinion of those who we were doing the ad for would have edited us. And when you are doing advertising, or marketing, or doing freelance of any kind those opinions are the ones that matter.

Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes popular opinion is wrong and you shouldn’t make your decisions based on what others are going to like or what is going to be popular if you are writing something you deeply believe in. And I DID deeply believe that homework was a pain in the ass. But you pick your battles, right? This wasn’t worth all of the fallout. And it did not serve our client.

In any case, I should have edited myself.

Recently as a pro blogger, a similar situation came up when a staff member at the company I was writing for dropped a line that I really wanted to use because It was eye-catching and not just in the shock-value sort of way. But I had a feeling that the owner would prefer I leave it out. I was sure of it actually. I asked her anyway, I guess just to show her I was a conscientious of the image I was creating for her business. I was correct.

I could have gone with my gut and edited myself. I asked and let her edit me. But I was glad I at least asked.

You Want More Customers? First Step is Making Sure They Can Get In the Door.

If I haven’t mentioned it before, I have spina bifida. I use a wheelchair.

So, since with Dailey Freelance I am in the business of bettering your interaction with your clientele, let me ask you: Is your location as wheelchair friendly as it could be?

Accessibility is something that should play a prominent role in my life. And I guess it does, but oddly enough I barely think about it. My wife seems to think about it more than I do. We were talking about it on a recent road trip and she was totally aghast at how I can come up with various topics to spout off about in a blog and yet accessibility isn’t a subject I have put many words to.

Then we reached our destination.

Having been on the road for 11 hours, we went straight to a restaurant. The place had a ramp out front, but it was one of those ramps that incline all the way to the door. No flat space at the top. If you are not in a wheelchair, you may not even realize that this is a problem.

It is. And, disturbingly, it isn’t all that uncommon.

No matter who you are, once you get to the door, you need to be able to stop and pivot, back up and open it. Though that must not be easy for a person who is walking, it is really not easy to do if at the same time you are trying to keep your wheelchair from rolling back down the ramp.

So, since with Dailey Freelance I am in the business of bettering your interaction with your clientele, I thought that this would be a good place to mention this. If you have a business, is your location as wheelchair friendly as it could be?

Consider this my first Public Service Announcement.

Dailey Freelance Spec Blogs

My father was a self-employed construction contractor. He was always in his office looking over house plans for something he called the “spec house” or going to or coming from work at the “spec house”.

When I was a kid, I didn’t know what he was talking about. Either it was a house for a family with the name “Speck” or possibly very teeny, tiny house.

It really meant that the house was “speculative”. It was something he worked on when he was between jobs. Something to have on display and put his name on.

You know, to show what he could do. Eventually someone would always buy the house.

I am planning to do a bit of that on this blog just to keep things interesting and spare you of the “blogging about blogging” bit. I am not expecting anyone to buy these, like the spec houses. But I like to hone my craft when I am not writing for clients for Dailey Freelance Blogging.