So I’m well into my third month of only having one part-time job instead of two (though that may change soon, I am not entirely comfortable with putting all my money-making eggs in one basket) and I am starting to settle into something of a niche.
As with every job, there are things about this job that I really enjoy and other things I don’t particularly relish. Essentially I have a foot in two different departments, and when I say different I really mean that they could not be more different. One department is mostly paperwork, dealing with attorneys and their attendant penchant for crossing every T and dotting every I and the filing of said paperwork. For the most part, this department – to me – is bo-ring. But I opened my mouth and managed to get myself assigned to this department in my quest for more hours (and therefore more money in the ol’ paycheck) and so I’m keeping my head down and not trying to gain any further job description there. The other department is much more along the lines of who I am, which is to say, full of opportunities to write. The primary focus here is on web development, which is not an entirely new subject for me, other than I do not understand code and probably never will. I am trying to get more work out of the powers that be in this department, trying to grow my quantifiable usefulness there.
One of the things that has cropped up since I have been here is my usefulness as a ghost writer. It started off slowly, as good things generally do, with a couple of blog posts for the company blog. They handed me a couple of industry articles to rewrite, and I turned the information into original content (oh internet, where were you in my college English-major days?) which they decided they really liked. Before this, the company blog was only updated sporadically, and now we’re doing regular updates every other week. I’ve got enough on the company server to keep them in blog content through the end of October right now. Recently the company decided to initiate a company e-newsletter, the content for which Yours Truly is responsible. All of this is good and encouraging. I want more of this.
Just today I got a request from one of the guys in the department (sidebar: the department I favor is staffed 100% by guys — booyah!) (see also: women are exhausting) to give him an estimate on ghostwriting a blog for a client. The prevalent thinking here is to make me available for client sites as both a content writer for sites and a ghostwriter for those sites that also include a blog.
While this is exciting in the extreme, because it is solidly within the confines of my comfort zone, the only thing I have any real concern over is how to present this writing on a resume. I mean, it’s one thing to author content on a website or blog, but without a byline how do you prove the words came from your brain? I’ve asked this very question on some writers forums I belong to, and I haven’t really gotten solid feedback. There would be an assumption, of course, that as a staff writer you would be uncredited for the words you write, but in presenting a portfolio of work it’s going to be tough to prove that certain content came from you. So I really don’t know what to do about that.
But on the other hand… boo!