I think Tuesday was the very first time I’d considered just how much writing articles could do for me. At the start of this series on writing I hadn’t given it much thought, but, since then, I’ve talked with breastfeeding peer supporters, my business mentor and other writers about articles.
Let me explain:
Breastfeeding Peer Support
You may or may not know – I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it in passing or not – that I’m training to be a recognised breastfeeding peer supporter in my area. I’m over half way into the training and expect to graduate in May. I’ve thought about writing articles for various parenting and mother/baby magazines 1) because I think they need real information from people who know a little more about breastfeeding, rather than doctors who simply give you the generic ‘breast is best’ and 2) because there is gap for the stories I have in mind. I’m a young (ish) mum, first time mum at that and I have twins. I’ve breastfed them both and even though they are ten months old (and change) I’m still breastfeeding them. It’s the sort of message that I feel might be encouraging to mothers who feel they can’t go on, or who have hit a wall. Particularly because I had such a rough start. Not only is the idea of seeing my name in print very attractive to me, but potentially helping other mums is a warming thought. It’s why I’m doing the training in the first place!
My Business Mentor
On Tuesday I went to an induction for the New Enterprise Scheme. For those of you outside the UK, or those who just aren’t familiar, why not check this out for more information. Anyway, that was an incredibly helpful experience (I’ll be blogging about that later, not here but on the business website) and through it, I actually began to consider writing articles as a means of promotion. Not even necessarily on what the business handles, or even on writing, but whatever might be needed at the time, depending on whether or not I can get a regular gig somewhere. It’s almost free advertising since any article I write would have my name, my byline and contact details on it, would would be the business web address. Pretty handy, eh?
We talk a lot – at Phoenix Writers – about ways to get our writing out into the world. Competitions, letters, open anthologies, open small presses and the like. Last week we talked about articles and how easy it is to write something (even something small) on something that interests you. It might not get anywhere to begin with – in fact, it probably won’t! – but getting the practise and having your name crop up over and over (if you keep submitting) can’t be a bad thing, right?
So… at some point I will be looking into articles. I have enough on my plate right now that I’m not going to rush into that, but there is certainly scope for that. I’m likely to start with a view towards promoting the business, rather than me as a writer. After that – hopefully – I’ll have the time to spend on promoting my brand as a writer, rather than my brand as a business woman. ^_^