Have you ever wondered what a ghost writer is?
Have you ever wondered what ghost writing for a blog means? Or have you wondered how success at something could mean that someone simply got a lucky break? Today’s article is all about that. I will be sharing about opportunities to success, and how I became a ghost writer.
What do I mean by Ghost Writing?
Companies in every shape and size and in any niche have hired ghost writers for their blogs. These are companies who value the importance of having a blog and regularly publishing blog articles. They are companies or individuals that do not have the time or desire to write the articles themselves.
I work hand-in-hand with the company looking for a ghost writer. As the writer, I want to understand their niche and their goals for their blog.
At the beginning, the companies provide topics and ideas. Eventually, the goal is to build enough trust and rapport that I (the writer) find, develop and create the content for the blog articles. At that point, the companies are simply responsible for approving the articles and providing any feedback they want to. The companies can be as much a part of the process as they want to be.
It is a super interesting job, and I have learned so much information through my time researching for each company. The great thing about this job is that I love it.
How I Got Started
I have recently been reading a book called the Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. If you’ve never read or heard of the book, it is a really interesting read and I would highly recommend it.
The book is really a study and publication on highly successful people and how they got there. While I haven’t yet finished the book, one of the major points is that highly successful people are often made successful not just because of their talent, not just because they worked really hard at it, but also because of the opportunity they have been given.
The Beatles, Bill Gates and Bill Joy are only just a few of the successful people Malcolm analyzes. As Bill Gates says in the beginning of his interview, “I was very lucky”.
All the outliers we’ve looked at so far were the beneficiaries of some kind of unusual opportunity. Lucky breaks don’t seem like the exception with software billionaires and rock bands and star athletes. They seem like the rule.”
~The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Bill Gates was given an extremely rare opportunity. Only a handful of people got to do what Bill Gates got to do in high school. That opportunity was the launching pad to his success.
Now, let me be clear that in no way am I comparing myself with Bill Gates. No way, not in a billion years.
I Was Given an Incredible and Unusual Opportunity
However, like Bill Gates, I got an incredible and unusual opportunity. An opportunity that I find myself very lucky to have be given and taken.
I had just left my job as a Social Worker to stay home with my little lady. Robin Strohmaier from R & R Web Design LLC had heard that it had always been my dream to become a writer. She had a client who wanted a blog, wanted new articles published 3 times a week, and this client wanted her to do it. She didn’t have the extra time and she needed someone to help her write articles.
That is when she asked me if I would be interested in ghost writing for R & R Web Design LLC. She explained that I would never get the credit and that every article would be in someone else’s name or the company’s name. She explained the importance of blogging for a business and promised to help me along the way.
I jumped at the opportunity and dove in head first.
That was 2 years ago.
Over 780 blog articles later, I have now written for 5 separate companies including R & R Web Design LLC. Some companies have hired us for a short time while others haven’t missed a week in over 2 years.
The important part that opportunity plays in the achievement of “success” is huge. While I may not be a Bill Gates, I do count myself successful because I get paid for doing something that I love.
When opportunity comes to the door, sometimes it’s as simple as saying yes and that, my friends, is the takeaway. It is a rare thing to love what you do and if ever given the opportunity to do so, it would be a very sad thing not to take advantage.
When you look back on the history of your company, was there an opportunity given to you that made all the difference? I would love to hear about it in the comment section below.