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From BlogMutt to FashionMutt: How a Freelance Writing Opportunity Helped Me Become a Fashion Reporter

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By Ruhi Jiwani, Fashion Reporter, Fashion & Style

ruhiI started writing for Blogmutt last December. I hadn’t written much for the internet before and BlogMutt seemed to be paying decently in comparison with other freelance gigs. I liked the fact that it was personal; I made contact with the CEO, Scott Yates, and that made things more real than working for other online places where you never interact with a real person.

Plus, everyone on the private forum for BlogMutt writers seemed really nice and helpful, always trying to help out other writers rather than grabbing the good writing assignments for themselves. They gave hints about how to approach certain clients or about writing in general. Sometimes, they just made mutt jokes!

There were several other great things about about BlogMutt. One was that I could write about the things that interested me. I’m not really a techie. So I went past all those clients and wrote for the ones I liked—the ones that had to do with entertainment, travel, books, arts and crafts etc. I found that I learned a lot of things that I didn’t know, like how there are Renaissance fairs all over the country and the interesting types of entertainment they provide. I’m determined to go to the one here in New York this year.

Probably the best thing about BlogMutt was how I grew as a writer.

I started out writing only 2 or 3 blogs a day; I really wasn’t that fast a writer. Slowly, I built up to five blogs a day and once, I found myself writing seven. So I realized I’d become really fast and, in part because of some conversations on the forum, I got the idea of applying for reporting jobs, which involve producing copy on a deadline.

I interviewed for three such reporting jobs, all in fashion, as that is what I’m most interested in, and I landed one! I showed the interviewer fashion-related blogs I had written for BlogMutt—one that had to do with wearing hair extensions and another that was about matching your designer handbag to your outfit. I got the job that very same day and have been working as a fashion reporter ever since.

I can sincerely say that before BlogMutt, I wouldn’t have considered a job like this. I was much too slow a writer, and I wasn’t that confident about my skills. BlogMutt helped me to develop both, speed and self-assurance. And I intend to continue writing for BlogMutt in hopes that I’ll discover more new things about myself and what I’m good at.

So apply to our freelance writing opportunity with BlogMutt and get started on the career of your dreams today!

Editor's Note: This story just makes my heart warm. It ranks right up there with the writer who used her BlogMutt earnings to take a trip to Africa with Water for People. The point Ruhi makes is much like the one that Ira Glass makes in this great video: The only way to be a better writer is to write more and write more betterer ... or... something. Anyway, thanks Ruhi. I know that writing BlogMutt posts won't be quite as fun as writing about Jennifer Aniston, but I do hope you'll stick around with us for a while -- we'll always have a spot for you. And to Ruth, Doug, Nicole, Heather, Deborah, Brian, Robin and all the hundreds of other BlogMutt writers, thanks for the great work that you do every day for BlogMutt clients. -- Scott

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I spent years as a writer and editor, and wrote a nonfiction book before starting BlogMutt with Wade back in 2011. I love words, and I love working with the amazing staff and dedicated writers of BlogMutt who also love words, and know the power that they have. Also, this quote: "I love deadlines," Douglas Adams said. "I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by."

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