Your 10 Best Freelance Writing and Blogging Posts of 2014

Carol Tice

Top 10 articles for writersIn 2014, I published roughly 100 new blog posts about the freelance writing and blogging game here at Make a Living Writing. Whew! No wonder I’m tired.

But enough about me — the important question is: Which of those many posts did you like best?

Here’s my annual list of the posts I published in 2014 that got the most traffic. This is essentially a readers’ choice ranking — you voted with your clicks on which posts were most interesting.

These are ranked with #1 representing the new post that got the most traffic in 2014:

  1. 140 Websites That Pay Writers in 2014 – A reminder that the top thing I can do to help writers around here is provide job leads. More to come! (Note to folks still reading and linking to my older list of 100 markets — this one is more up to date!)
  2. 4 Reasons Why Grammar Police Make Terrible Writers by Linda Formichelli – We writers do like to pick at each others’ writing…when we could be doing something productive instead. I was blown away at how many comments this got!
  3. Can You Spot These 3 Different Freelance Writing Scams? – I wish I didn’t have to *do* posts like this anymore, but new writers keep entering the field, and new scams keep popping up. Gotta stay on this!
  4. What the Elance-oDesk Merger Means for Freelance Writers – Still an interesting story to follow. I gather it hasn’t been all roses for writers since the merger, particularly over on the oDesk side. But my concerns that many more mergers might follow, in a major shakeout of the whole online-bidding space, appear unfounded so far.
  5. I Quit My Job to Be a Freelance Writer: What Was I Thinking? by Teressa Campbell — Apparently, many writers identified with the sense of terror that can descend when you take the plunge into freelancing. As it happens, Teressa got an offer she says was too good to turn down, and she’s gone back to the day-job world.
  6. Bidding on Elance: Hereโ€™s How Easily Freelancers Can Get Screwed – This situation was an eye-opener for me — and I’m sorry to report that the problems with identity theft on mass bidding platforms are ongoing.
  7. Writing for Guardian Liberty Voice: 10 Writersโ€™ Stories – I continue to hear from writers who’ve avoided a very low-pay scenario, thanks to finding this post — including many of the writers who initially defended GLV in the comments of this post. It was worth the time doing the many interviews that went into the post.
  8. The 4 Worst Places for Freelance Writers to Start – This primer on why content mills, bid sites, revenue-share offers and the like are to be avoided apparently struck a nerve. Hope this helps some writers avoid wasting time working for pennies.
  9. 37 Essential Freelance Writing Terms You Need to Know by Jennifer Roland – This was real public-service journalism, from my trusty guest post editor Jenn! There’s always more jargon we need to decipher in freelance writing.
  10. 5 Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs on Twitter (With Sample Tweets) – This update to my classic Twitter-tips post reminds me that writers want concrete examples of how to do stuff, not just generic advice.

For more popular posts from other years, check out the sidebar and you’ll see a few classics that continue to draw a crowd — and this best-of post from 2013.

What’s the best post about freelance writing or blogging you read last year? Leave a comment and link us to it.


  1. Willi Morris

    Dang, I was about to do a happy dance to see mine. Haha. I’m going to have to look back…hrm…there’s one that I don’t see on here…

    • Carol Tice

      Gee, which one could you mean??? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      A lot of my guest posts get great traffic the day they come out, but to make this list you have to be a ‘pillar’ post that keeps ON getting traffic for months and months.

  2. Willi Morris

    Okay, here’s a good rundown of ones I loved. From MALW:

    Create Your Best Freelance Marketing Plan in 6 Easy Steps:

    A Short Prayer for Freelance Writers:

    Be a Freelance –
    5 Lies That Will Keep You From Building a Successful Freelance Career:

    UMagazinology –
    On Cultivating Freelance Writers:

    Freelance Writing Tips –
    10 In Demand Freelance Writing Jobs

    • Carol Tice

      Wow, Willi, seems like you keep your own compilations! I loved the prayer one, too, and the conversation it inspired. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Willi Morris

        Actually my “secret” is going back to Twitter and doing a search for my handle and then freelance – the ones I really liked I can skim down and find. It probably doesn’t pull all of them, but it’s a good start. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Carol Tice

          Ooh, good tip! BTW, I just went to my PO Box for the first time in like a month and got your card. You’re awesome! It’s on my mantle now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Rohi Shetty

    Hi Carol,
    100 new blog posts in 2014 plus all the other stuff that you do! Phenomenal work.

    The reason why you and Linda are such favorites is because you both walk your talk.

    Thanks for the reminder about “140 Websites That Pay Writers in 2014” – I’ll get busy pitching to them.

    • Carol Tice

      Well, at this point only about 1/2 – 2/3rds of the posts are written by me, thankfully! The rest are my great guest posters.

      • Rohi Shetty

        It’s still pretty impressive, Carol.
        One of my 2015 ‘stretch goals’ is to guest-post on your blog.

  4. Nur Costa

    Hahaha wow! Great, I love these kind of posts as a recap!
    Congrats Carol on your blog ๐Ÿ˜€ Keep writing and writing, we all love it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a wonderful and interesting 2015!

  5. Raspal Seni

    Thanks a lot for this top 10 post.

    Bookmarked and shared with a few friends who’re new to the writing game.

    These will certainly help them (and of course, me too).

  6. Carol Tice

    Have you ever noticed how few comments these roundup posts get? My theory is everyone is off reading all the posts. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Stacy

    Wow, Carol…this is a great post to bookmark! I have actually come back to many of these posts already and now I have them all together ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for all of the hard work you put into this site and helping us stay informed! Here’s to an awesome 2015 for all of us!!

    • Carol Tice

      Thanks, Stacy! BTW I loved that headline you posted, so I checked it out. Love your blog! You have a wonderful, playful tone. Just shared on Twitter. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Philippa Willitts

    Ah, nice to revisit some of these! Sad – and quite damning about the state of the web – that the scam / screwed over posts had to make it in there, though. They were great posts, I just wish they weren’t necessary.

    • Carol Tice

      Same here! But it’s like WC Fields said — a sucker born every minute.

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