Health and Fitness Writing & Content: It’s Sort of My Thing

When I started freelance writing back in 2004, I scraped together projects however I could manage. My first article sold was actually never published. It was about Irish step dancing. From there, I had articles picked up by a few online publications, then print like ePregnancy. Unfortunately, that magazine folded. I did some more print work for Cat Fancy and Critters USA, which was awesome. Several articles appeared in international publications as well.

However, around 2007 I needed to increase my income substantially. I was moving out of my parent’s house and couldn’t just rely on writing for magazines to pay the bills. At that point, I’d done a few content projects here and there. I wrote ebooks and press releases and all of that. Just not as much as I do now.

In fact, for the past five years, I’ve spent most of my time writing web content, SEO, and doing work for companies like crafting white papers and company bios. Still, I never lost my love for the editorial style and it pleases me greatly that my work has once again shifted toward writing for publication.

I already blogged about my gig with Fit-Journey.com, which is exciting and allows me to really stretch my creative writing muscles (see what I did there?) but I’ve neglected to mention my work for other fitness and health sites.

As a contributor to Demand Media, I write articles for several sites including The Nest, AZ Healthy Living, The Bump, eHow, and Livestrong. I will be writing about this more in the future, but I just wanted to mention it now since these articles take up a significant portion of my workload. In fact, I went on a pinning rampage on Pinterest the other day and found I’d written over 500 articles for Livestrong covering health and fitness, beauty and skincare, credit/taxes, and business. Isn’t that nuts? All this time, I was worried I didn’t have enough content to share with you all but I was obviously mistaken!

As I move forward in this niche, I was wondering if any of my readers had preferences as to the subject matter I covered? Is there any area of health and fitness that you would like to see more attention paid? I’m always looking for new angles to cover so feel free to share!

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New Contributor to Fit Journey

197345_257590267709483_1812477838_nGood news, ladies and gents! I was just contracted as a contributor to Fit-Journey.com. I’ll be writing eight articles a month for the site, covering the gamut of health and fitness topics from workout info to food ideas to lifestyle tips.

You can check out my latest article here:

5 Reasons NOW is the Time to Get Healthy

I’ll be posting snippets of articles as they’re published in the future. I’m excited to be writing about health and fitness. It’s a niche that is near and dear to me because it marked the beginning of my writing career. Thanks to Julia for the warm welcome to the team!

Article Output Challenge for 9-24-09 Winner Revealed!

914885_winners_diceThe day has come to an end and one lucky person has guessed the correct number of articles I wrote today. A simple task, but it helped to keep me motivated throughout the day. 

People submitted their guesses via the comment section and via tweets. So, without further adieu, my total number of articles completed was: 

9!

That means @screenwritr, who submitted a revised guess at the last minute, wins! I think I might not allow revising bids in the future, but since I didn’t specify this time, you’re the winner! Contact me with your shipping address and my copy of The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum is yours.

I think this was a decent success with seven entries–not too bad for my new blog. Maybe it’ll be a weekly thing? Or whenever I have a book to give away?

Thanks to everyone for playing and for helping me stay motivated. You guys rock!

Article Output Challenge: September 24, 2009

1176000_black_notebook_with_pencilI’m issuing a challenge. No, not to you. But if you want to play along, you’re more than welcome. This challenge is intended to get my butt in gear and I want you to watch. Okay, that sounded wrong. 

The objective of this challenge is to write as many articles as I can tomorrow between the hours of 9am PST to 4pm. PST, not including a break between 1 and 2 for lunch. So that’s, wait, let me do some math here–six hours of article writing time. 

I hardly ever write straight through like this. My work day usually looks something like this:

  • Outline an article
  • Start researching
  • Surf the web
  • Finish researching
  • Hit up Twitter/Facebook, Huffington Post, YouTube and generally waste time
  • Write article
  • Edit article
  • Repeat process

As you can imagine, this isn’t a very productive process for me. Let me put it to you straight: I need to up my output. That’s where you come in.

My dear readers, you will act as my shame police tomorrow. Post in the comment section how many articles you think I can write tomorrow (Thursday) between the hours of 9am and 4pm. I did a mini-version of this contest last week and I managed four 400-word articles in two hours. As a hint to you, that was somewhere between slow and average writing pace for me.

I’ll accept guesses on my article output all day tomorrow, as I won’t let slip how many I’ve actually written until after 4pm. 

So, what’s in it for you? This:

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I have a used copy of The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum sitting here that needs a home. I enjoyed it but I am completely (and I mean completely) out of shelving space. 

Go ahead, take a stab at how many articles I can write in six hours tomorrow. If you’re on the money (or the closest guess) I’ll be in touch for your shipping address. Yes, you’ll get a free book just for guessing how many articles I manage to write. It’s just that simple. 

What are you waiting for? Have at it, folks. I look forward to hearing your guesses and getting to work in the a.m.!