What to Expect When You’re Expecting Content: A Primer

As is the case with any type of work, if you deal with any type of customers or clients, there’s going to be some miscommunication. And while the reaction to my work has been overwhelming favorable, there’s always going to be some hiccups. Sometimes it’s me not fully understanding the client’s needs, and other times it’s on their side. It’s fine; such is life.

I will say, however, that there are some reoccurring issues I see time and again. That’s why I decided for this post to discuss a few of them.

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I was both surprised and delighted to know that yesterday was my official one year anniversary of being a freelance writer. I honestly wasn’t sure if this was going to be a viable option for me, but at least in the meantime it is. And considering much of what I do I wound up learning as I went, it’s a seriously humbling feeling of accomplishment.

As is the case with any type of work, if you deal with any type of customers or clients, there’s going to be some miscommunication. And while the reaction to my work has been overwhelming favorable, there’s always going to be some hiccups. Sometimes it’s me not fully understanding the client’s needs, and other times it’s on their side. It’s fine; such is life.

I will say, however, that there are some reoccurring issues I see time and again. That’s why I decided for this post to discuss a few of them.

Calling Out Competitors

This is always an interesting one for me. At first, the client seems sure that they want you to call out a few of their top competitors. Whether they’re simply feeling strong or they’re attempting to piggyback on their SEO influence, this happens quite regularly. And I don’t think that it’s coming from a place of malice so much as small business owner ego.

And almost every time without fail, once they see their competition mentioned in text form, they do an immediate 180. I don’t know if it’s seeing it in plain black and white, or maybe a feeling of inferiority to their competition, or possibly even seeing the potential for slander, but more often than not their own request typically freaks them out.

Long story short, if you’re going to have me throw shade at someone else, either commit fully and know that you do X,Y, and Z better than them, or stick to common civility and leave them out.

Wanting Me to Use Existing Content

Again, business owner ego is alive and well with this issue. No matter how poorly written their existing site may be, these types of clients will kick back what I wrote, and instead request that I use what is already available. This is problematic as it raises the question of 1) if it’s already that good, why are you hiring the content work out and 2) without a writing background, how do you know the existing text is effective?

I get it. I’ve worked in my own businesses in one capacity or another. It’s your baby; it’s an extension of yourself. You don’t want to know that you’re doing something wrong, or that something isn’t as sharp as it should be. But at the same time, being your own company means recognizing your strengths as well as your weaknesses and compensating accordingly.

Think of it like this; would people have read Donald Trump‘s book if he didn’t utilize a ghostwriter? This same question can be applied to any celebrity memoir. People who need a book and don’t know how to write one use a writer. In the same vein, those who don’t know how to fill out their website need to sub it out as well.

Not Being Specific Enough

Anyone who works in any sort of creative capacity knows what this feels like. They assume that, even as a content writer, you’re some sort of artist with a blank canvas just waiting to make them a masterpiece. However, in actuality, the process is far less romantic. I’m usually in last night’s pajamas banging out a generic service page for someone I’ve never met. Sometimes in my living room, or if I’m feeling particularly under the weather, from my bed.

This doesn’t stop some clients from requesting several thousand words without any direction whatsoever. They will make claims such as “I trust your judgment” or “you’re the writer” or even “surprise me!”.

I am not a birthday clown. There will be no surprises.

They may go the other way with it, where they provide me what seems like every single word in the English language that remotely may connect to their services in even the slightest capacity, which leads me to…

Lack of Understanding of What Content Does

Many know SEO as the buzzword, but I’m finding that few know what it really is. The short answer is the better your page’s SEO level is, the easier it is for people to find you. For example, if you have a plumbing company, when people have a leak they’re going to head over to Google and simply type “local plumber”. Those sites with better SEO will appear first, which is important as the vast majority of people won’t even pay attention to page 2 of results.

So how do you rank better? There are dozens of factors in place, content being one of them. Google’s crawlers are getting smarter daily, and the main focus is preventing spam and bad info from appearing first. So if your site looks and reads like garbage, you’re probably scrapping the bottom of the search barrel.

Many clients want text to either paint a rosy picture of their business, while others are more or less looking for a biography written. At minimum, your page should successfully explain what you do and services offered, with about a dozen or so relevant keywords.

 

I want to end this post by once again thanking everyone for their support this last year. As always, if I can assist you with your professional or creative writing needs, I’d love to discuss your job. Be sure to send me an email (below) or hit me up on my Facebook page and I will gladly return your inquiry.

 

WIP Update: Chapter 18 Rewritten!

So work has been absolutely insane lately, and it’s really cut into my work time. And because I live in Florida, this has been made worse by fighting off what feels like both winter and summer colds. BUT, the good news is I’m finally done with chapter 18 rewrites, and I am still progressing forward!

So work has been absolutely insane lately, and it’s really cut into my work time. And because I live in Florida, this has been made worse by fighting off what feels like both winter and summer colds. BUT, the good news is I’m finally done with chapter 18 rewrites, and I am still progressing forward!

The very rough draft can be read here, and I think the improvements that the final version will have will be night and day. Even if you read through all of it, and bless you if you do, you’ll still feel like you’re reading an entirely new story once it’s all said and done with.

As always, if you have any inquiries about having me write or edit for you, I can be reached at the email address chris@writenowfl.com or on Facebook.

Thank you as always for the support. I have a few more travel assignments due in less than a week, so I’ll have some of those to peruse. And I also just used a presumptuous word like “peruse”, so, pardon that.

Happy writing everyone!

 

Keep Traveling, Good Buddies!

I keep forgetting to update everyone with my latest travel articles, mostly because I don’t get notifications when they go live (it’s for a client, not my own personal blogging space). But if you love traveling, you may find these helpful:

Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour

See where the magic happens, and on most days, on-site ice cream creation. Plus you get taste samples, a gift shop, and an ice cream shop. If you love ice cream and/or factory tours, check it out.

Dollywood

Hello, Dolly! Thrill rides, live music, American history, and maybe even an appearance from the country music goddess herself. Family fun, entertainment offerings, rides for everyone, and more, all from idyllic Pigeon Forge, TN.

 

5 Free Things to do in Houston

Big city living on a budget. There’s a surprising amount of things you can do in Houston without dropping a single cent.

Dahlonega, GA

Classic small town charm, rich U.S. historical offerings, and posh area attractions such as wineries, dining options, and gorgeous views.

If you’ve missed my past postings, first of all shame on you. Two, rectify your mistakes and check out my archived posts:

Drive the Nation

Hotel Coupons

Be on the lookout for more articles as well! And if you’d like to contact me about posting on your blog/site, feel free to contact me.

Write with a Green Thumb: Cultivate Your Story

Like growing a houseplant, writing a story isn’t difficult per se, but it does require dedication, continuing education, and giving it the best growing conditions possible. And while some days you may find yourself simply wishing it would grow itself, it can also instill a ton of pride seeing it growing from just a seed (an idea) to a mature plant (or finished book). It’s also easy to draw landscaping parallels between the two ideas. And since once upon a time I used to do a little landscaping myself, it’s easy to apply similar principals.

I have been known, on occasion, to dabble with growing a houseplant. And now that I’m between growing anything (I plan to again soon, with all of that free time I have) I see certain parallels between making sure something grows and blossoms, and crafting a story.

Just a couple of nights ago I found out that a former coworker of mine, Kimmy Pagnotta, is self publishing her own comic book. Which is incredible! And it also got me thinking about my own struggles with my story, The Autumn Mage.

Like growing a houseplant, writing a story isn’t difficult per se, but it does require dedication, continuing education, and giving it the best growing conditions possible. And while some days you may find yourself simply wishing it would grow itself, it can also instill a ton of pride seeing it growing from just a seed (an idea) to a mature plant (or finished book). It’s also easy to draw landscaping parallels between the two ideas. And since once upon a time I used to do a little landscaping myself, it’s easy to apply similar principals.

Trim the Dead Growth

This one is always intimidating at first, because anyone who starts a new project has that feeling that whatever they write is perfect. It’s not. Whether you’re on your second draft or your 20th, if something isn’t advancing the story, it’s gotta go.

But it’s my favorite part of the story!

While I’m sure your creative genius is without rival, cut it. You can always recycle an idea later, but if it doesn’t help the story, it hurts it. When a plant has a dead limb, you have to hack it off with a nice, clean trim. Doing so allows new growth to take place, as well as reallocates resources allowing the plant to grow healthier. Same rule of (green) thumb applies here.

Prune the Overgrowth

This is similar to the first tip in both regards. With landscaping, trimming is more cutting off the bigger stuff that has to go, which in writing may be whole subplots, paragraphs, scenes, even characters. Pruning, on the other hand, is more of a pinpointed removal of smaller problems.

Pruning is done to plants to help aid its overall shape, like with bushes and shrubs, and to allow better growth with trees and the like. When too much growth is allowed to take place, branches and leaves can start blocking out the sun, which leads to a vicious cycle of the healthier overgrowth on top stealing away food from the rest of the plant. By cutting it away it allows the tree as a whole to grow better.

In the same vein, if your have unnecessary portions of a story, it’s only going to bore readers. It may be well written, but it only takes away from the meat and potatoes of the story. No matter how well you crafted it, taking it out will lead to a healthier body.

 Feed the Roots

Many amateur gardeners think that growing a plant is literally a Just Add Water! scenario. Unfortunately, like any living thing, that’s not enough. Sunlight acts as plant food, but more often than not they need a little help with fertilizer or other added nourishment.

Doing this feeds the roots, not the plant directly. Feeding the roots allows it to distribute the vitamins throughout the body, strengthening it as a whole. This is akin to having someone else edit your story. They’ll show you where you can improve, what works, and what doesn’t.

Find Your Own Way

When you go online for tips on a subject, you’ll always find a message board where Expert 1 is arguing with Expert 2. The Internet is great for sharing information, but sometimes people confuse opinions for facts. While a little bit of the right advice goes a long way, you should also find techniques that work best for you.

 

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Everyone starts somewhere, and everyone needs a little extra help or mentoring. Whether it be the employee working the garden center or a club or group online, it’s always a good idea to find something with helpful tips.

I am always available with writing and editing services! And if you’re working on a project and you’d like to feature it, just ask!

If you have any other writing (or gardening) tips to share, sound off in the comments below! I love hearing what works for others in their creative process.

Trust No One, Not Even Yourself: Rewriting my Work In Progress

So, now that we’re into the New Year, New Me season in full force, I already have a confession; I am dreading rewriting the second half of the Autumn Mage. And it’s not that rewriting the same story that I’ve been working on in one form or another for the past five years isn’t fun anymore (it isn’t), it’s that I know it’s the weaker half.

So, now that we’re into the New Year, New Me season in full force, I already have a confession; I am dreading rewriting the second half of the Autumn Mage. And it’s not that rewriting the same story that I’ve been working on in one form or another for the past  five years isn’t fun anymore (it isn’t), it’s that I know it’s the weaker half.

It isn’t weaker in terms of story; I made sure to slowly build one chapter on top of the other. My biggest weakness when I first started down this rabbit hole is the thoughts in my mind play out in a way that makes sense to me, but when read, does little more than enrage my editor.

No; what I’m worried about is the simple notion that I am more than likely going to have to completely gut not only entire chapters, but entire plot lines. And I know it’s coming. For me, the closest thing I can equate this feeling to is when you walked into class on Friday morning, forget you had a quiz, were forced to attempt it, and then had to spend all weekend with that awful, terrible grade gnawing away at the pit of your stomach. By Saturday afternoon you just want to go see how bad it was to get it over with.

My final act was ambitious to say the least. And while ambition is good, there’s always the risk of having too much going on at once. I blended government secrets, espionage, Greek mythology, and traditional fantasy. It’s a fiction smoothie, and I’m sure my accomplished writing friend choked on quite a bit of it.

I understand fully the benefit of rewriting and editing your story. I know that in its current stage it isn’t ready yet. And I do want it ready. This is the biggest project I’ve ever undertaken for myself, and it excites and terrifies me all at once. Self doubt has always been one of my biggest weaknesses, and I’m afraid of flying close to the sun and allowing myself to crash and burn.

It’s harder to get motivated to edit, too. I took November off and worked on some short stories, which I will finish probably around 201whenever, and I honestly don’t care if it becomes anything or not. It was simply a way to get my creative juices flowing. But now I have fear creeping back in, and it’s like that big final project that you’ve had all semester to do; it needs to be finished yesterday, and you’re petrified to fail at it.

And so I will press on. It’s tough, and honestly, for me, this has been the most difficult part of the process. I know others will find it easier, and other still will struggle with it more than I am. But you have to burn the woods down to fertilize the soil again, and I do enjoy a good fire.

If any other writer pals have any tips for kicking your own butt back in gear for rewriting, please let me know with a comment below. I’m still very new at all of this and I love hearing more experienced people’s advice! And if you need help with your writing projects, just drop me a line and I’m more than happy to assist you.

No “Fun” in “Funeral”

First, comes being unable to distinguish whether or not this is merely part of my own personal grieving process, or if it’s depression. I’m finding myself unable to function; luckily, work is slow because of the holidays, but the few assignments I do still have, I can’t seem to find the energy to take care of. I’m staying tired and lethargic, and I just can’t find a way to care about anything. I’ve had a shirt on the table that I need to return, and that was days ago. It’s still there.

Here I am, almost a week later, and I’m still struggling to come back. In my three decades on this rock, I just attended my first funeral. And while I (for the most part) was able to keep my head in the game while in the area, being back at home has been a daily struggle.

First, comes being unable to distinguish whether or not this is merely part of my own personal grieving process, or if it’s depression. I’m finding myself unable to function; luckily, work is slow because of the holidays, but the few assignments I do still have, I can’t seem to find the energy to take care of. I’m staying tired and lethargic, and I just can’t find a way to care about anything. I’ve had a shirt on the table that I need to return, and that was days ago. It’s still there.

Then comes wanting to cry while cooking breakfast. And maybe that’s because I only teared up a little last week and my body needs that outlet, and maybe it’s just me. And when you couple this with my lack of Christmas cheer, I feel all the more like a downer.

I find myself just wanting to sleep all day, which is classic textbook depression symptoms. But I don’t necessarily *feel* depressed, which is odd for me; usually, I can pick up that I’m having a tough day almost immediately. I’ll go “man what’s your damage today? Ohhhhh.”

The week was harder than I thought, and even more than I let on. I try explaining it, but even my own family merely brushes it off as me just being tired from almost a week of traveling. And I’m sure that is part of it, but there’s more at work here.

The people attending the wake and the funeral are Georgia native types, strong, tough, survivalists. And after seeing each and everyone break down, after seeing my mother, one of the strongest people I know completely crumble, it’s hard remaining strong.

I’ve never seen a body in person before. And being that I’m this age and wasn’t properly prepared for the services, I had the additional stress and panic of not acting correctly. For instance, I had no idea how long being at the casket was “appropriate”. I didn’t want to just Clark Griswold it; I wanted to be respectful. This man is, after all, the closest thing my mother had to a father.

The funeral especially was tough. The backwoods southern Baptist pastor decided that rather than give his dearly departed friend a personalized message that the same tried-and-true one that he’s used for decades, one that was a recruitment tool for the church, would suffice. It didn’t.

It was an especially cold, gloomy day. We all became chilled to the bone, and there was no official ending. They never lowered it into the grave like they do in the movies, and we were all left to simply look from it to each other and shrug.

A week of keeping it together, of impatient family members wanting to just skate through as fast as possible, avoiding the ensuing drama. It was hard. And it still is, and I’m left wondering how much longer do I feel like this? Does it get better, and what am I going to do when it’s someone closer to me that passes?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP …

Well said. Let’s hope for a strong presidency that will end the divide and bring us together.

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In 2008, Oprah and Will Smith yelled and screamed and high-fived each other over how amazing the Obama presidency was going to be.

But then, we had a “beer summit” (that was odd). Then, a trillion dollar stimulus package …that turned into a deficit. Then a Tea Party. Then Occupy Wall Street. Then Ferguson, Baltimore, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, Orlando, Chattanooga, Benghazi and Dallas. Then came Obamacare. And ISIS rose up in the middle east.

Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince, David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard and Steve Jobs ALL died during the Obama presidency. Peyton Manning retired. American Idol got cancelled. Tornadoes still ravaged trailer parks in the mid west and hurricanes still chewed up beaches. Several people got eaten by sharks. Brad and Angelina broke up. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian procreated. Smart phones blew up in people’s pockets. We had, like, six hundred Country Music award shows…

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A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

For some people, a Trump presidency felt like actual life and death. And with a full Republican sweep of the House, Senate, and Oval Office, that is a valid concern. A glowing endorsement from the KKK in the year 2016 makes this a valid concern. Allegations of rape make this a valid concern.

Please, by all means, be scared. I am scared with you. I don’t know what is going to happen. I have friends, family, and others that I love and care about that are going to be directly affected by this turn of events. I am scared for them. I am scared that I am going to be unable to protect them.

I try not to be political. I have a diverse group of family and friends with wildly differing opinions and ideas and beliefs. It’s helped who I’ve become today. I celebrate that, and how lucky I am to have met so many different people. It’s helped bring a degree of clarity to my worldview that you just cannot get from only associating with people in your immediate sphere of influence. However, I felt compelled to offer my two sense on what can only be considered the craziest night America has had in a very long time.

Like many Americans, I had a difficult time sleeping. I watched the results slowly pour in until a little after one, awoke around four having missed an anxious text message from a friend. People are scared, people are angry, and all in all, with good reason. People who aren’t even apart of our country are scared. This is the most frightening election we’ve had in some time.

It’s okay to be scared.

However, there’s a big difference between being scared and allowing fear to control you. And look, I get it. I’m not here being like “why is everyone afraid of the racist womanizing demon Cheeto”? I didn’t want him anymore than you did.

For some people, a Trump presidency felt like actual life and death. And with a full Republican sweep of the House, Senate, and Oval Office, that is a valid concern. A glowing endorsement from the KKK in the year 2016 makes this a valid concern. Allegations of rape make this a valid concern.

Please, by all means, be scared. I am scared with you. I don’t know what is going to happen. I have friends, family, and others that I love and care about that are going to be directly affected by this turn of events. I am scared for them. I am scared that I am going to be unable to protect them.

BUT. There’s being afraid, and letting fear dictate you. I’ve seen many different forms of fear in the past 12 hours. And I know I’m only going to see more. And the problem that lies with so much fear is the actions that people feel the need to take with that fear.

At first, it was the blame. Again, this is expected. When people are hurt and angry and scared, they need to know why a certain turn of events happened. However, throwing darts and hoping they hit their intended target is not the way to go about it. I saw every reason why Trump “must” have been elected, and I felt very few of those reasons were actually valid.

IF 3RD PARTY VOTERS HADN’T VOTED FOR 3RD PARTY, *MY* PARTY WOULD HAVE WON!

The problem with democracy, is that everyone gets a choice in who they think is the best candidate, for better or worse. For me, I knew Johnson wasn’t going to win. And yet, I literally could not stomach the thought of voting for Criminal #1 or Criminal #2. This does not mean I didn’t care. This did mean that I used my vote the same way everyone else did.

I’m seeing the argument over and over that “this wasn’t the time” to vote 3rd party. Unfortunately, this is the argument every four years. It actually was the perfect time to vote 3rd party, because the two parties have reached their absolute furthest points. A 3rd party vote didn’t mean I wanted to somehow damn the very people I loved; it was a vote to who I felt had the best chance of not driving the nail further into the country’s coffin. Blame those disenfranchised with the very two party system that failed you all you want, but individuals are not the problem here.

ONLY RACISTS VOTED FOR TRUMP, AND NOW AMERICA IS 100% RACIST!

Arguably, yes, I would say it’s a safe bet that many Americans did vote based on race. However, it does need to be taken with a grain of salt. After all, neither candidate was a real great choice. And we can point fingers all day long, but when it comes down to it, it’s about the American people’s insistence on keeping the two party system and the committees choosing the absolute worst representatives possible.

Yes, Clinton had the experience. However, you can’t look past the fact that her entire career has been dodging one scandal or another. And I don’t just mean the past month. I don’t mean this past election cycle. I don’t even mean within the past decade. It has been her entire career. Many people simply could not vote for her. That is a valid option; again, voting comes down to who each individual, for better or worse, thinks the best person for the job is.

It also comes down to the normal cycle of the two party system. For decades one party controls the White House for two terms, and then the keys are tossed across the aisle. This honestly was to be expected to a certain point. While I didn’t expect a full sweep, the presidency at least was an expected outcome as it is every eight years.

HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?!?

Party politics. If you remember, many, if not most, Democrats had preferred Bernie Sanders. Bernie more than likely would have destroyed Trump. However, the DNC sent up Hillary anyways. If anyone is looking to cast blame, it should be at the DNC and RNC heads. They are the ones who chose the worst candidates to represent the country. And I know everyone has their reasons why that statement is incorrect, but it’s true. Those two represented the far edges of both sides; if you want to represent the most citizens, you need someone who is closer to the center. But for years, each side has been systematically pushing further and further away until we hit the point where the Oompa Loompa Overlord took on the Illuminati Lizard Woman.

So What Now?

Be afraid. Be very afraid. But don’t let that fear dictate your life. I’m already seeing people purging people from their lives over this. And again, they have a point; if you truly cared about me, how could you vote for that?

You can’t fight fear with fear. You can’t fight hate with hate. You can’t fight xenophobia by separating yourself from others with differing opinions and ideas, no matter how wrong they may be.

You fight fear and hate and bigotry not by shouting. Not by yelling. Not by name calling. You fight this not by separating and diving yourself and your community further. You fight this by changing hearts. You change the heart, you can change the mind.

This nation has been, and always will be, a beacon of hope. And that is because of the people who live here. But that’s only going to happen when we keep celebrating our differences instead of trying to argue who’s wrong all the time. Now, more than ever, we need to come together rather than push others away. And I know that’s a tough pill to swallow; I know many are afraid for their safety. I know many are hurt, many are actually crying right now because they feel they are going to be sent back to being a second, if not third, class citizen.

We need to come together. Don’t push people away right now. Grieve if you need to, but don’t shy away. Let those who don’t understand you see you for the human being that you are. All they may see is someone with a different religion or sexuality or ethnic background. People see a reason to be afraid, and they need to see that you and I are just people. We are just Americans.

We can get through this. But only if we don’t allow fear to tear us apart. Many attribute Ghandi saying “be the change you wish to see in the world”. This is sound advice; however, like many wonderful quotes, it isn’t accurate. What he *did* say was:

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”

I believe no other country mirrors the world better than the USA. And we need to continue doing that. It might be harder now than ever to do so, but nothing in life worth doing is easy. Now is not the time to continue dividing ourselves but to try our best to love one another. Then, and only then, can we defeat hate, at home and abroad.

I don’t know what happens next. I don’t know where we go from here. But I do know that we get to choose the course of the ship. And you can’t do that without working together. You can’t jump into the ocean and hope to make it; please don’t let fear drive you away.

October Articles are GO

I hope everyone’s October/Inktober/Rocktober/Autumn Solstice/Spooky Times Month is going well.

I have three new posts up (plus one I worked on) for you to enjoy.

I hope everyone’s October/Inktober/Rocktober/Autumn Solstice/Spooky Times Month is going well.

I have three new posts up (plus one I worked on) for you to enjoy.

I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like, but I love to travel. And as you’ve guessed, I love to write. So working on travel blog posts are a lot of fun for me.

The topics this go round are monuments, dia da muertos, and Oktoberfests. The company I write for is an American travel group, so even though these traditions are Spanish and Bavarian in origin, respectively, they are all about events in these United States.

 

Hotel Coupons

I love writing for Hotel Coupons blog because of how unique their topics are. In this case, diverse festivals that celebrate cultures that don’t get a whole lot of celebration.

If you’re interested in beer, pretzels, schnitzel, and fun, definitely check out my Oktoberfest post. There just might be a festival near you!

If you want to check out some sugar skulls, dancing, and alters, see this post on Dia de Muertos!

Drive the Nation

The articles for Drive the Nation are typically geared towards places you can find unique nationally history. This month, I wrote about:

 

If you want to see more, you can check out my past assignments here. And if you would like me to write guest posts for your site or blog, just drop me a line or send me an email at chris@writenowfl.com.

I Did Some Guest Posting

If you enjoy my writing AND like to learn about traveling, I have good news: I’ve started doing some blog posts for Hotel Coupons and Drive the Nation.

If you enjoy my writing AND like to learn about traveling, I have good news: I’ve started doing some blog posts for Hotel Coupons and Drive the Nation. Drive the Nation is owned by Hotel Coupons, but has a different feel to it.

Hotel Coupons, as you might have figured out, is a great place to save money on travel. They do more than just find you the best price, like aggregated discount sites. They find last second deals and cancellations to make sure you get a great stay at the lowest price possible. Best of all, if you use their mobile app you can find local hotel price deals through geolocation. That means no more having to pull over on the side of the road to find the best hotel price, because your phone will do it for you.

You can find their coupons everywhere, from Denny’s, state rest areas, and even McDonald’s . They get to lowest prices so you don’t have to do the work, which makes them far more capable than Priceline or Kayak.

If you want to take a much-needed vacation and haven’t decided where, both Hotel Coupons and Drive the Nation have tips, tricks, and more about visiting major cities, as well as hidden gems all across the USA.

Most recently, I posted an article about visiting Knott’s Berry Farm and some fantastic places to see the Milky Way. I’ll be having more posts in the near future as well. You can visit my author page for Hotel Coupons and for Drive the Nation for easier access to my posts.

What’s been some of your favorite vacations? Do you like the typical tourist traps, or go off the beaten path? Let me know in the comments!

 

And if you’re interested in me writing some blog posts for you, you can contact me through email:

or through my site!

Thanks for reading and happy travels!