It’s hard to get inspiration to write guest articles, blog posts, or even your own works of fiction when you’re sitting at home on your bed in a suburb outside of Pittsburg. A new trend in expanding your knowledge and learning more about different kinds of products, companies, and writing techniques, is to do it completely over the internet. However, if you want to stand out from the other freelancers, get more diverse clients, and write quality content, getting experience outside of your bedroom is a great place to start.
Many of the best articles I’ve read online come from those who have other careers and hobbies outside of just blogging. Career counselors who have been in the industry for several years give the best advice for those seeking jobs, scientists write the most convincing and educated articles about the chemistry of new cleaning products, and those who have been part of the business and marketing world and worked in the industry write the most unique and up-to-date information on SEO.
Getting experience…somewhere else!
With today’s networking tools like Facebook, Linked-In, and every single blog and forum on the internet, there is little need to even go outside your home to meet new people and learn about new and interesting places. However, if you’re a serious blogger and writer and want to write about more diverse topics and grow your clientele, you might want to consider getting off your bed and gaining experience for your articles. If you’re from outside the US and you’re writing for mostly US companies, you might consider getting a temporary visa to the USA to increase your knowledge about US companies through more than just internet research. Also, if you’re from the USA, living or visiting abroad will give you invaluable knowledge and experience that will augment your writing abilities.
If someone wanted to know more about the Eiffel tower, you’d tell them that they can either read about it, or that they can feel the metal on the tips of their fingers and take the elevator up to the top to breathe the Parisian air for themselves. There is no better way to understand a new or foreign topic than by getting off your couch and learning about it for yourself! Consider getting an internship in another city, or even a different country to gain more experience and increase your credentials to write about more topics. Trust me, one week abroad will open your eyes to an entirely new world and help you to understand a new culture, language, behavior, and even economic system in a way that will make your writing more interesting and remember able in the seas of blog posts.
The morning exploring…the afternoon writing!
If you have a new client that wants you to write articles about pest control, you could either study about different kinds of noxious weeds and pests, or you could put the company’s techniques to work and test and try out your own methods. Spending the afternoon exploring new places, or trying new things will lead to an afternoon of incredible writing!
An afternoon of writing will fly by after sampling new printer ink at the local print shop, trying a new cleaning product, asking your friends or even strangers at the store how they use search engines, or even watching what people order in McDonalds can give you something new and interesting to write about.
So the next time you find it difficult to write a convincing and educated article on different kinds of paint soluble, consider getting out and trying it yourself. Expand your work, your education, and your clientele by deciding to travel, intern and experience different atmospheres, products and lives!