Books, Reading

Story Analysis of “Sonny’s Blues”

**This is a piece I wrote for a “composition in the humanities” class. I figured why waste my papers when I can publish them here. Spoilers ahead.** At its core, James Baldwin’s short story, “Sonny’s Blues,” is about the suffering that is native to everyone, and how there’s healing in talking about it (Baldwin). The …

Consulting, Freelance Writing Advice, Strategy, Writing Tips

Happy New Year 2017

In a lot of ways, 2016 is not a year I’m sad to close the door on (there was an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, all the great celebrities died, and Trump got elected); however, I learned more than I have in years passed and that makes me hopeful for 2017. It’s the five year …

Alisia Compton, Analytics, Consulting, Freelance Writing Advice, Strategy, Writing Tips

Get A Job Writing For A Popular Website

Small websites aren’t where it’s at. They can’t afford you, so make them do their own blogging. The time you spend writing should be comparable to an hourly job, and you set your per hour rate. I like to work part time for a minimum of $16 an hour. I don’t put a cap on …

Alisia Compton, Analytics, Blog, Consulting, Freelance Writing Advice, Strategy, Writing Tips

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Write For Small Businesses

I’ve taken on a lot small business clients over the years. Stay away from this type of work; or, if you must do it, make sure you’re still hunting better opportunities. I’ll tell you a story I lived over and over again with ecommerce clients in five points, which proves you shouldn’t write for them. …

Alisia Compton, Analytics, Consulting, Freelance Writing Advice, Strategy, Writing Tips

Get A Job Writing For A Marketing Company

Everyone has to start somewhere, so if you’re writing for content companies you’re not doing yourself a disservice. I’ve made thousands of dollars writing for content companies. ContentWriters.com once paid me more than $400 to write a single blog post. They didn’t even publish it. Had they published it, they would have paid me an …

Alisia Compton, Consulting, Freelance Writing Advice, Strategy, Writing Tips

The Jobs That Actually Pay Writers A Livable Income

I learned a lot this year, and I want to share it with you would-be writers. If you’re dreaming of working at home, maybe you have kids like I do, this is probably among the best opportunities out there. You only need a desire to write stuff – if you’re someone who enjoys it, and …

Current events, News, Politics, Strategy

Fake News is an Epidemic. You’re the Cure.

(I wrote this article for my English class, but in light of the terrorfying Pizzagate shooting, I wanted to share it here. Fake news is dangerous, but together we can stop its widespread dissemination. Keep reading to learn why fake news is spread, and what you can do to stop it.) I to consider myself a …

DIY, Dog Food, Dogs, Feeding, Pet Care, Products

4 DIY Dog Feeder Projects

Do you want a stylish dog feeder that matches your established décor? I scoured the Internet to find the best instructions for building fancy dog feeders. The following are truly unique and lovely, but affordable DIY dog bowl projects. They outshine the traditional dog bowl, but that’s not reflected in the cost of material and …

Cats, Pet Care, Pet Health, Products, vet care

What To Do When Your Kitten is Fainting or Falling (Video)

It’s scary when a pet is ill. Your kitten is precious to you, and fainting and falling is a serious condition. It can indicate something is wrong with her inner ear or nervous system. If your kitten is fainting and/or falling, you need to call your veterinarian. Only a vet can diagnose what’s wrong, and …

Hamsters, Pet Care, Pet Health, Products, Small animals

The Lifespan of Hamsters

Hamsters make great pets, but they have short lifespans. Their life span is dependent on breed, but it’s rare that any hamster survives beyond three years. You should keep this short lifespan in mind if you’re considering a hamster for a family pet. Mourning a hamster can be tough on kids, but they do make …