If you have been following along for a few weeks, you might know that I recently auditioned to be a new staff writer on the personal finance blog Get Rich Slowly. I auditioned with my two pieces “Surviving Student Loans,” and “Which Is Cheaper: In the Kitchen” .
I am so excited to have been in the running and to have my name forever in the Get Rich Slowly archives — nothing will ever take that joy away! (Unless, of course, someone deletes the archives….).
Know Your Audience
While I’d been a reader for a long time, I made a rookie mistake by not realizing that readers at GRS are hungry for posts with a lot of details. Things that my eyes glaze over, like percentages, investments, and calculations, are the very things that the average GRS reader loves to read.
I am not confident about the overall responses to my posts. I will be the first to admit that I offered very little in the vein of practical, “get rich slowly” details of actually avoiding student loans. In my mind, I was writing for wistful 20 somethings everywhere who wished they had taken college a little more seriously — a more casual, energetic quick look. Lesson learned!
Know the Competition (and Your Chances)
This works both for the others auditioning and the blog itself.I knew going into it that the GRS staff has a majority of women writing. So, if a talented and competitive male writer were to step up to the plate and have strong audition pieces, it’s natural to mentally throw a few more points towards the gentlemen and skim a few points off of my own odds (please note: I am no way implying that GRS would hire a dude just because he is a dude! And whoever does get the spot, I am 100% convinced that they are talented and deserving of it. This is just how my mind makes calculations for my own mental gymnastics!)
Furthermore, as someone who has only recently started to fight for a home on the internet, finding out that several of the auditioning folks are already prominent writers for other sites (or past authors on GRS itself), you have to take an honest look at what you are bringing to the table. And maybe you realize that while you’re awesome, this might not be your moment to shine, and that is okay.
Stay Nice & Thick Skinned
And so, in closing, keep jumping on opportunities. Even if they scare you. And if they don’t scare you, you probably don’t know how much trouble you are in for!