Exercising My Right to Write About Exercising
Over on my Daddy Blog Mommy’s Busy… Go Ask Daddy, I often write about my family, mixed in with plenty of reviews and giveaways. Things tend to center around movies, video games, superheroes and food. Oreos in particular.
One of the reviews I published this year was for Zamzee, a really neat electronic device that encourages children to be more active. To sum it up quickly, the Zamzee meter gets kids to treat exercise like a video game. Pretty ingenious if you ask me.
Anyways, I’m not writing this to plug Zamzee or my own personal blog. No, that’s just a free side effect. Instead, I want to talk about how writing one small review has led to a wonderful relationship.
Whenever I work with a brand or company, I try to be as communicative as I can. I always let them know what I think of their product, when I plan on writing about them, and asking any questions I may have. So when I posted my Zamzee review and told the company that my kids were really taking to it, I actually got a nice email response, that let to lots more correspondence.
Zamzee was truly interested in what I had to say. They’re a fairly new company, seriously dedicated to getting kids more active. After a number of emails, I actually set up a few phone calls to share my thoughts with the company and they even wanted to interview my two kids to ask them some questions. It was a great experience all around.
Then a few months later, I heard from Zamzee again, saying they really loved my writing and wanted me to write a series of articles to post on their blog. They’re looking for parents to share personal anecdotes about the outdoors or exercising with their kids, along with whatever life lessons happen to come with the package.
Why am I telling you all this? To rub your nose in it, of course! No, no. Just kidding. My point here, or life lesson if you will, is not to get you to go start a personal blog and hope it leads to some freelance writing work down the road. Uh uh. It’s to show you that writing assignments can come from anywhere.
Networking is critical in any career, but especially for freelancers. You need to hunt and gather your own work on a daily basis. Keeping those connections going will almost certainly lead towards more work. Never ever stop looking or asking for a chance to write for someone.
Please check out my first post for Zamzee, How (NOT) to Help Your Kid Train for a One-Mile Running Race, and let me know what you think!
Have you ever had a writing assignment fall into your lap?
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