Although I have been quiet on here recently, this year has seen me collaborate with UK Blog Awards
and Bloggers Required
which has all been good fun but I have seriously learnt a lot about collaborating what I can manage with along the way. All of which I will share below:
Be clear what you are willing to do
State at the beginning what you will be doing and be weary of anyone taking advantage of this especially if you are working for free. For example, if I started getting lots of deadlines I would seriously be considering charging or stop the collaboration.
Don’t be afraid to say no
At the end of the day, I have a full time paid job so that is my priority. Don’t feel pressured to take up every offer if you cannot put the time in. I have missed some stories that I could have written for metro.co.uk because I have been at work and cannot fulfil their deadlines.
Like I mentioned above I have a job and I am also doing a part time course which I am paying for, so these have to be first.
But you do have to do the work
If you agree to do some work and a deadline you do have to fulfil it although don’t be afraid to ask for an extension if you know you are not going to be able to complete the task in the initial time.
Don’t be afraid to chase up and check that you work does get published
I have no issue with chasing people up and checking that my work is published. If I am promised that my work will be published by a certain date, I will usually give about two days grace and then check to see what has happened to it. When your work is published, check that your social media details and your name etc are correct.
Look for opportunities online
I found mine through knowing people, googling and seeing an opportunity on Twitter. Most opportunities won’t come to you so you have to do your best. I got my Metro role because I googled how to write for Metro, found the email address and sent them three articles I had written.
Keep it real
Don’t collaborate for the sake of collaborating! metro.co.uk is just for fun and UK Blog Awards and Bloggers Required is because I like blogging and how blogs influence what people purchase.
Record all of your published work.
I keep all of my links on my Google+ profile
and also in a Word Document. It is nice to look back at what you have written and also you never know when you need to draw upon it.
Finally, do respond to comments on social media
If people email or comment on your work make sure your respond back. It is really nice that people thought your work was so good that they took the time out to comment.
Have you got any advice you would want to add to my list?