One of the writers I’ve been following this year, Mrs. Frugalwoods, was featured on Forbes this week. She started her blog approximately eighteen months ago and has been unusually dedicated to it. She posts three times a week and always stays on topic, made easier by having a very clear goal and using herself and her husband and dog as the subjects. Her philosophy is easy for me to connect with as I am a frugal weirdo in my thirties who has built a successful career and marriage and I also have a cute dog. I am thrilled that her message of sustainability and self-care is getting a wider audience.
But I am most smitten with her developing writing business. Using her blog she is learning to write while doing with a supportive ring of commenters (the online personal finance community is all about scratching eachother’s backs). She has set and kept a three times a week posting schedule with themes of philosophy, expenses, dog interviews, and hacks to create variety.
I bought Slow Travel NYC when I was still living in Massachusetts and I have gone through a few different versions of the site. It started as a virtual Museum Club and I’ve picked it up a few times since then, not sure exactly what belonged on that site and what belonged on this site. In the past weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about being a writer.
At work, I planned and helped create a book. I love it and can see many parts I inspired, though it was a deeply collaborative process, and I am so proud that we were able to create a beautiful work that will be distributed throughout the city and be part of many New Yorkers’ bedtime routines and warm family memories. I want to make more books, now that I know more about the full process- not just the writing but the editing, production and distribution sides.
I’ve stayed away from professional writing for a few years while I’ve been building my library career and family but as we close in on September and that delicious back to school feeling of starting something fresh, inspired by Mrs. Frugalwoods, I’m revamping my writing career and starting to create the job I described in the spring.