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Episode 3: Mir Kamin of WouldaShoulda.com & WantNot.net

February 3rd, 2011 by Stephanie O'Dea

Real Moms Making Real Money (at home, in their pajamas) And How You Can, Too!

I am ecstatic to be able to share this video with you. Thank you so much to Mir Kamin, of WouldaShoulda and WantNot for sharing her morning coffee with me. I got up at 4am to skype with Mir—and even though I’m dead tired  (it’s 10:34 am) it was so well worth it.

Mir is a role model for all bloggers. She works full-time as a freelance writer and is one of the most professional people I’ve ever met. She’s got a great head for business, and a nose that will sniff out a scam or sensational storyline a mile away. She knows what works for her, and isn’t going to jeapordize her name, integrity, or her family for an easy buck.

In this video, Mir shares how she began her full-time freelance blogging career, what to look for when choosing/accepting clients, and advice on picking a blogging conference.

oh! and we made up a new word: weblebrity

We also go a bit off-course (it was my fault) and discuss poop. I’m sorry.

Grab yourself a cup of coffee, put on your fuzzy slippers, and welcome Mir! We’re so happy to have you.

[ps: if you initially get an error, try again. the video is definitely there and has not been deleted.]

sites referred to in this video:

Cornered Office: Picking a Blog Conference

BlogHer.com: Mir’s a contributing editor

the poop site (be aware, it’s graphic!)

9 Responses to “Episode 3: Mir Kamin of WouldaShoulda.com & WantNot.net”

  1. Oh, what a fun and informative interview! I love Mir from her comments on my blog and her Facebook posts, but have not visited her blogs or read her articles elswhere nearly enough. She is a very talented writer for sure and I learned a lot from her tips. Some food for thought there. She’s adorable and yes, I loved seeing the hairy weblebrity, Licorice! Licorice always makes me think of a little black dog who I named Charcoal. He was in my life long ago. Great job, you two! BTW, the written intro is perfect. It describes the interview exactly. :-)

    xo,
    Shirley

  2. Thanks for another great interview! Mir is new to me so now I have to go and check out her work! I’m at home with my two little kids (2 and 4) and would LOVE to make some money writing! Although I never thought I’d say that :) This is helpful. I’m not sure if I missed it though, did she talk about how she got her first paid gig? I don’t know where to begin/who to approach. I know I can make money on my blog through amazon etc, but I’m not sure that’s what I want to do. I think I’d rather write articles for magazines, other blogs etc…Thanks Stephanie!

  3. I’ve been following Mirs Woulda blog for years now, she is brilliant.. Love this woman’s humor and honesty and savvy and ability to laugh at herself too. WEIRD!!.. she’s got a VOICE now! :-)

    Great interview, guys.

  4. Hi Maggie,
    You’re right, we didn’t directly address this point. I need to have her back on! The best way to get started is to continue writing on your own site so you have a place to show potential clients. Then begin poking around at the magazine sites on the internet. While you can definitely pitch columns/articles to traditional hand-held magazines, through the Writer’s Guide (large, dictionary-style reference, available at bookstores and online)—I’ve found the traditional publishing world to be PAINFULLY slow. Many magazines have a “contact us” guide on their site for freelance writers.

    Back before I started the crockpot blog, I was a paid contributor to our local throw-away baby magazine. You can find these stacked at Dr offices, at swim lessons, etc. I pitched an article idea and a column to the editor. She turned me down initially, but offered me a job within 2 months of that initial turn-down. I do believe I stuck out in her mind because I made her laugh. I said something like I wanted to do something creative with my time in between folding baskets of laundry—-
    when she wrote back, she did a HAHA, which I think helped me in the long run.

    I also had a non-paid column in the local newspaper on household tips for moms I called Steph and Sensibility. I wasn’t paid, but the experience was important in building my resume and confidence.
    I hope this helps a bit! xoxo

  5. Hi Maggie! My very first paid blogging gig was actually secured through a service that matched bloggers with companies, way back when. So my experience was kind of unique in that sense, as I don’t know that many folks could or would want to go that route, today.

    That said, I think you do solid writing on your own blog, you maybe do some guest blogging or participate on a group blog, and then you look for job openings and you start doing things like interacting on the blogs of companies you might like to write for. When it comes time to say “Well, what can you do for us?” you can point to your other writing and say, “This is what you need on your blog, and I can provide it.” Make sense?

  6. I just found this site that lists paid writing gigs and allows you to pitch ideas, too. It might be a good starting ground for some. http://gigcoin.com/manager/home

  7. Hooray for Mir! You sound just like I imagined. But even better, now I’m going off and searching for Stephanie’s blogs. She sounds super fun too.

    Awesome job, mamas!

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