The blogosphere is a wonderful place to share our thoughts with other bloggers. But there are lots of other ways to share your writing with the world. Have you thought of branching out into other areas and taking your writing outside of your blog?
My own writing
When I first started blogging in 2017, I was interested in branching out, and hunted down a bunch of potential options. I submitted guest posts to various (unpaid) mental health sites, got one paid magazine article, and for a while there, I was posting quite a bit of original content on Medium.com.
That was then, but this is now. I started off branching out, and then switched it up to branching in. I can only do as much as I have synaptic connectivity for, and for the last while, that’s been my blog and slowly plodding along with a book in progress. Sometimes people ask me to do guest posts for them, but I’ve been saying no, because I just don’t have any leftover brainpower for that kind of thing.
It’s rather interesting to have such a quantifiable indicator of the progression of my depression I actually have more time for writing now; before 2020, I was still working, at least a little bit. So available time has gone up, output has gone day, and that pretty much entirely due to the effects of my illness. Since I first started blogging, I haven’t set myself any sort of writing or output goals, because it’s my illness that dictates capacity, not me. So I’m not self-critical about writing less; it’s just interesting to observe the pattern.
For anyone who is interested in expanding their writing beyond their blog, there are a lot of options, including paid options; you just have to hunt them down. A lot of paying publications want you to send them a pitch rather than a full article. An example that I’ve seen a few people in the mental health community publish in is Happiful magazine.
The Mighty is one of the bigger non-paying mental health publications. You can publish new articles or things you’ve already published on your blog. I’ve published three articles there, all of which previously appeared on my blog. They didn’t generate much activity on The Mighty, and didn’t drive traffic to my website. And for anyone who’s interested in boosting domain authority, strange old Moz doesn’t detect any backlinks at all from The Mighty to my site.
I’ve got an older (but update) post listing a bunch of different mental health sites that accept guest posts: Way to Share Your Mental Health Story.
Even back when I was submitting pieces to different sites, freelancing wasn’t something I contemplated. My illness has been continuously present ever since I started blogging/writing, and slow brain has always been part of my symptom profile. Having to come up with something to say about someone else’s topic within a certain time frame just isn’t a good fit for slow brain. But I would be curious to hear from anyone else who’s tried it what it’s like.
If you’re looking for a site to experiment with potentially getting paid, Medium is an option. There’s a $5/month membership fee; there’s a free option, but if you actually want to make any money, that’s hard to do without a membership. It’s a very different audience from WordPress, I find you have to work a lot harder to connect with potential readers compared to WordPress. Payment is based on reading time by paying members. It’s hard to make much, although covering the cost of your monthly membership fee is definitely doable. You control what you publish, unless you submit to publications, which gives you the opportunity to reach a broader audience if your article is accepted.
Now, I cross-post the occasional blog post over to Medium, but don’t spend much time there. Posts that do well here on the blog don’t necessarily do well on Medium; it definitely is a different audience, which can be a good thing if you’re looking for a challenge.
Ok, that’s my little blather about writing. Have you ever thought about taking your writing outside of your blog? What have you considered, and what have you tried?