Case Study | The Birth Of A Freelance Blogger – Chapter 1 Part 1: Fertilization

Welcome on my journey!

My Freelance Blogging Journey

If you are here then it means you have read a little around on the site, scrolled through my professional writing services that I provide, maybe even have read a post or two I’ve written on other websites or you may even have signed up to my newsletter so you can follow me along on my journey of becoming a successful freelance blogger.

Whatever it is that you have been doing thus far on Freelance.Blogging.Life. the point is if you are reading this, then I am pretty convinced that you at least have a slight interest in following me on my journey of becoming a successful freelance blogger. You might even have an interest in becoming a successful freelance blogger yourself; I don’t know at this stage but I would absolutely LOVE it if that’s the case, so if you are, please let me know so I know that you are on my team, okay?

As mentioned in the title of this post, you probably noticed the word “Case Study” in there. If not, please take note. Freelance.Blogging.Life. will indeed be a case study, a case study of me starting out and giving it my best shot at becoming a successful freelance blogger.

At this point in time I have absolutely no idea how long this case study will take. The destination or end of it remains undetermined at this stage. All I know is that I have a huge interest in becoming a successful freelance blogger, learning as much as I possibly can and improving my writing skills, doing everything within my capabilities of attracting high-end serious clients looking to enhance their online businesses, especially focusing on blogs for obvious reasons, and delivering the best possible quality of content according to my skills and research.

As far as my current experience regarding freelance blogging stretches? Absolutely zero. None whatsoever. I have not been paid for one single blog post ever in my life.

“Ruan, are you absolutely insane?”

Well, I am not sure, maybe I am, who knows at this stage? Do I care? Not in the very least…

Am I scared even just a little bit?

Well I am not sure if scared is the right word in context here. Unsure maybe? Definitely… I have no idea how this will turn out for me to be quite honest but I am not scared. I am not scared of the end result whatsoever and I think this puts me at a slight advantage over…well someone who is scared of what the outcome might be.

“Ruan, are you a millionaire then that you can afford not to be scared at this stage?”

Most definitely not! Not in the very least! Not even remotely close! I’ll be honest, I am not working full-time for an employer at the moment either but I have another small business providing web design, web hosting and custom graphic design services to local and some international clients.

I can hear you all saying “but then you must be making quite a lot of money and you probably don’t need to be pursuing a freelance blogging career in the first place, right?” Well, a big no on the the first statement. I am not making a lot of money with the other business.

There are a number of reasons why I am not making a killing with web development and graphic design and I can actually write an entire separate post about that part of my life but the short version of it is, I am simply not passionate about doing that. It’s not what I want to do with the rest of my life. I don’t have the motivation to make a huge success out of it because I have fallen in love with writing and writing is what I am passionate about. As simple as that.

What do I know about freelance blogging?

Other than the fact that I have only heard about freelance blogging and people making money, earning an income with freelance blogging about a week ago and reading everything I could find on the subject during the last week, probably not as much as someone doing it constantly for the last few months I’d say.

I recently, about a week ago to be more precise, read a post by a guy called Tom Ewer from Leaving Work Behind he wrote over at YoungPrePro which was simply the ultimate eye-opener to me personally.

Yes, from literally an idea to you reading the very first post right now, site fully designed and customised according to my liking – it all took an entire week to be exact…

See, I am not completely new to blogging. At the writing of this post I have quite a number of guest posts under my belt on various other sites I write for on a regular basis, sites like, and Problogging Success just to name a few.

Although I have never been paid a single cent for writing a guest post, I won’t say I have absolutely no experience writing one. I have good writing experience especially in blog writing. I have numerous people quite satisfied with my quality of work which is exactly the only reason at this point why I believe I am capable of making this work.

Tom Ewer’s post inspired me to start asking to be remunerated for my blogging work. I realized I’ll most definitely never get paid for writing blog posts if I don’t ask to be compensated for it and I most certainly won’t know if I’m fully capable of making a success with it if I haven at least given it my best shot.

Here I am and here is the birth of a freelance blogger and most certainly the birth of Freelance.Blogging.Life.

I will share regular updates of my journey. I will be completely transparent, share every little tactic I apply to my efforts online, how I try to attract clients, what I do to promote my writing and services on other sites, what I do in order to build valuable connections with others in the industry. Everything, from every little failure (I expect my fair share of that as I have plenty to learn) and every little success I achieve as well.

I am not going to tell you I will post an update every single week. I might decide to write a post on something I have learnt on my journey, or I may not say a single word for a couple of days. I will certainly only share something with you when I truly believe it is worth your time and if I think it will add value to your life and add to the goals of Freelance.Blogging.Life.

Before you head over to Part 2 Chapter 1 of The Birth Of A Freelance Blogger, if you haven’t already, I would like to invite you to subscribe to my newsletter below so I can keep you updated with new things happening here on the site and for the times when I have something of immense value to share with you. That includes journey updates (I know I’ll get as excited as a small child when something interesting happens and would want to share it with you immediately!).

I promise I won’t send you dozens of emails per week and sell you crappy products I have never even used myself like so many other people out there don’t seem to even care about doing so easily.

When you are done and you are part of this journey, I recommend that you read a little more about my background to understand where I am coming from and get to know me a little better. You’ve got to at least know a bit about your travel companion, right?

You can get a little more about where I come from and how I found my passion of being a writer right here:

How To Find Your Passion In Life | Chapter 1 Part 2: The Background

P.S. Before you head over there, I’d like you do to me a small favor? Quite cheeky barely knowing you and already asking you for favors, don’t you think? I know but I promise it will be quick…

I’d absolutely love and appreciate it if you could just quickly jump into the comments section down below and tell me either how completely insane you think I am for starting this journey in the first place OR you could give it your best shot at sharing with me your absolute excitement and that you’re already ALL in with me!

Do you think you can manage that?

Of course you can; I have all the confidence in the world!

Until next time, I look forward to ‘seeing’ you soon!

Ruan Oosthuizen | Freelance Writer | Professioanl Blogger

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