So I officially made my first post on wikiHow, and had to learn the wiki formatting all over again. It was a bit painful at first, but I eventually worked it out and now I’m just pleased I can put wiki skills on my resume!

I literally spent hours and hours on the Lose Weight Fast article, tightening it up, revising it, adding relevant content and removing irrelevant info, and lo and behold, I got a thumbs up from another member!

Lose Weight Fast

by Michelle Meiklejohn

Then about two seconds later someone reverted all 20 painstaking edits back to the original.

First, I cried. Then I remembered all changes are stored in the wiki page histories. And THEN, I found out that newbies’ changes automatically get undone to prevent edits like the one I saw earlier in the history of the page (someone had erased the article and put something along the lines of “I just saw a chippermunk outside!”).

I suppose their regulations are there for a reason, after all…

Anyway, I revved up my profile a tad and made sure my future edits wouldn’t be rolled back – then fixed up the article again, making the info actually fit the title of the piece. I suppose we’ll see how long these changes last!

All in all, it was an exciting foray into the adventurous land of Oz. Or wikiHow. Either way, I brushed up on my wiki skills and learned a lot about European weight loss body wraps and the HCG diet! Priceless. 🙂


Hourly Contract Work

October 10, 2011

I had been a bit afraid of trying out an hourly job on Elance, primarily because they are normally for virtually no dinero.  But recently I took a stab at it and won the bid, and it has been one of the most rewarding projects I’ve done on to date.

Looking forward to doing more in the future. In the meantime, I’m happy to keep working on my list of pregnancy and nutrition articles – being a freelance writer means I get to learn a ton of stuff and get paid for it!

Can’t beat it.

Sweet success!  I completed a batch of five pregnancy and articles for a client recently, and upon completion I was invited to do another batch, this time of 20 articles.

If I am able to continue with this client, I should be able to add a nice bit to my monthly income while I build up my Elance success!

Unfortunately, the project involves ghostwriting, so my work won’t be visibly attributed to me on the web, but that’s the name of the game.  I have no problem trading anonymity for cash when it comes to small articles and bids.  🙂

Next up, more pregnancy articles as well as some work on fitness and nutrition.  I love the variety of always getting new and varied projects on Elance!

Chipping away at Elance

September 9, 2011

So apparently, jumping into the freelance biz is not a quick or easy thing.  I’m on my third job and things are going well…let’s just hope the feedback is positive and the other potential clients start feeling generous!

So far it seems ghostwriting articles is the order of the day.  I’m finding it quite enjoyable.

Now, the challenge of building a clientèle and bringing in a bit of cash!  My husband is equally eager for this step…

A blog with a freelance goal!

September 8, 2011

I recently joined to sell some homemade crafts and re-purposed home decor items, and they send their shop owners weekly tidbits on how to improve sales and boost visibility for your products, etc.

Well, they also have a blog called “Quit Your Day Job” – need I say more? Looking forward to learning lots and lots!

I am trying the waters with to see if I can:

1.  Find reliable job postings from the actual hiring agent

2.  Use those strange auto-generated email addresses to reply to a post

3.  Actually get hired.
The game is on! 🙂

Hooray! The first two products in my Brind’Amour Creative Studios home design line are now officially available at! My storefront is: Check it out!