From Opportunities to Success – How I Became a Ghost Writer

When opportunity comes to the door, sometimes it’s as simple as saying yes

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.

The Takeaway

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.

Your Turn

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.

Christine King is a staff writer at R & R Web Design LLC. She is passionate about writing and loves what blogging and businesses can achieve. Armed with her degree in social work, she brings the unique ability to motivate readers in every blog article she writes. She specializes in creating content and writing blog articles for a variety of businesses at R & R Web Design LLC.

This article was published on: May 8, 2014 and was last modified June 5, 2017
8 comments on “From Opportunities to Success – How I Became a Ghost Writer
  1. Laurie Hurley says:

    Great explanation about ghost writing, Christine. I always enjoy the articles I read on the R & R Web Design LLC site. If writing is your passion and you are not tied up with getting the “credit” per se, then it’s a great fit! One of the opportunities that came my way was writing for Women Online Magazine – a new publication. I do get the credit and enjoy writing freelance style, about the topic of the month that is given to me. It’s fun, I don’t have to worry about pictures or keywords – they do that part. Always good to spread our wings!

    • Hi Laurie, Thank you so much! I’m so glad to hear you are enjoying the articles published here on R & R Web Design. What an amazing opportunity to write for Women Online Magazine! It sounds like you have a very similar set up as I do. 🙂 I agree spreading our wings is always good. Thanks so much for the comment.

  2. Veronica Solorzano Athanasiou says:

    Outliers is a great book Christine. Many people think that certain forms of success are not for them and they don’t even give opportunity the chance. I think being able to measure success in our own personal terms is vital to happiness. Thanks for sharing your experience as a ghost writer. Another useful insight on the blogging topic.

    • Hi Veronica,

      It looks like you are an Outliers fan as well. I just finished it and my mind keeps wondering back to it. It was such a good book. You make such a great point about measuring success in our own personal terms being vital to happiness. I always really value your comments, thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Caroline says:

    Christine – I think it’s always great to have a little personal insight into the writer and it’s been nice to see how you got started.

    A significant opportunity for us was when a very successful business lady called Jo Barnes invited us to be a guest on a webinar she was running. Our first webinar and there were around 700 people on it.

    It gave us a much wider exposure than we otherwise would have had.

    • Hey Caroline,

      WOW that is exposure! What a great experience I bet that was too. That is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing. I always love reading your comments. 🙂

  4. Enjoyed reading a behind the scenes piece from you Christine. Always curious, would love to know – How did Robin hear about you always wanting to be a writer? Clearly you were wise to seize the opportunity and you had great support and have done an amazing job. But its that almost invisible illusive thing that led Robin to you. That’s what I need. Everyone loves our jewelry but… Looking for my advocate, raving fan/customer, tipping point, celebrity- my opportunity because we are doing what we love and want to continue. I am ready to grab my opportunity!

  5. Hi Roslyn,

    Robin has always been one my advocates and really one of my biggest fans. The support of someone who sees something in you, that you don’t necessarily see in yourself is well, I think it’s rare. Even looking through the comment section here, opportunity looks different for everyone.

    What you have, is the willingness to jump at “it” when “it” comes and that is something every successful person in the book had as well. That willingness, that persistence is critical. I think you have an amazing attitude and your opportunity is just around the corner.

    Thanks for sharing and when your big break comes, let me know! 🙂

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