Gnome spinning casual thoughts into posts of gold.
“Write what you know,” the experts tell writers, but how can you write your mundane, casual thoughts into posts? How can you create articles about personal experiences and make them noteworthy? Writers know that outstanding articles bring more traffic, equaling higher paychecks at the end of the month. You can spin your common iron filings into gold, too.
Your knowledge may be more marketable than you realize. The web is full of boring posts that recount the day’s events like journals. Professional writers can spin these ordinary tales into gold mines. Each event can be a little nugget.
Gold strikes seldom come without work. Turning casual thoughts into interesting posts is like mining. You might need to dig a bit. Humorous posts need polishing; informative posts need research and data. Let’s look at a couple examples of articles about personal experiences.
On her blog Working Mom Magic, Lauren gives some advice based on her personal practices:
Hudson is a total grouch in the morning. So I start waking him up earlier, so he has time. (I mean, I don’t like to jump right out of bed, either) I will go in his room while its still dark and whisper “Good Morning, Sunshine!” I will tell him what a beautiful, fun day he has to look forward to. Then I will ask if he is still tired, to which he always says, “Yes.” Then I tell him he can sleep for 5 for minutes. When I go back in, I open one of his window shades to let some natural light in. The little bit of extra time is worth it, I think everyone likes to ease into the day!
You can hastily scribble your thoughts into posts, but to profit by turning your ramblings into interesting posts, you will need to work the ore vein. Find some facts or quotes from experts. If your platform allows it, offer the reader some facts in a sidebar.
Let’s take a miner’s pick and chisel some gold out of the popular post subject: Getting the kids off to daycare! Almost every parent has experienced this. How can you create interesting articles about personal experiences and stand out from the crowd?
Find the humor and make us laugh
Teach us how to do it more effectively
Educate us with facts from child psychologists, teachers, or others
Warn us about possible dangers, such as pink eye, bullying, and more
To spin your casual thoughts, you must give us some substance with the fluff. Gold dust makes great glitter, but readers one more than glittery articles about personal experiences. They want the gold nugget!
Amusements. Teachings. Warnings. These are nuggets your reader can keep after reading your piece. These are the incentives for your readers to share your articles about personal experiences with others. These gold nuggets increase your readership.
Don’t overlook other markets when you have interesting ideas. Print markets like Good Housekeeping, Parents, Family Handyman, and more, are eager for gold. Check out Writers Digest’s Writer’s Market for lists of book publishers and magazines that accept freelance material. For example, our idea about daycare and kids is perfect for Parents Magazine, Parenting, Working Woman, and others. Even magazines with broader markets, such as Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Woman’s World, and more, may buy your piece.
Research some unusual markets when spinning your interesting thoughts. Some magazines and market resources are not as popular as well-known magazines. These include magazines, newsletters, and blogs published by association, in-house business, and trade markets. Try regional magazines, such as Metro Parent for Southeast Michigan. Check Writer’s Market for listings for these types of publishers.
Consider slanting your article about personal experiences with getting kids to daycare for readers in other demographics. Throw in some facts about grandparents raising their grandkids and sell it to markets for seniors. How many men take their kids to daycare or school? Someone probably has done a survey or study on the subject. Slant your thoughts into posts for seniors or men.
“Write what you know” takes on new meaning when you realize you can write marketable articles about personal experiences and stand out from the crowd. You need to entertain your reader with humor, teach your reader how to do something better, educate your reader with facts, or warn your reader of possible dangers. It is that simple to turn casual thoughts into interesting posts.
Before writing for Internet sites, Terrie wrote for print magazines, including "Cricket" and several Dell puzzle magazines. Her repertoire covers several subjects, such as camping, writing, and Life's Experiences. As a daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother, she often writes about family issues.