How I Became a Freelance Proofreader (& Why You Can, Too!)

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For the past two months, I’ve been toying with the idea of pursuing freelance proofreading as a potential career. Whenever I read something where homonyms are mixed up or a spelling error is missed, it distracts me to the point where I can’t continue on with what I’m reading. I thought to myself, “Okay, there has to be a market for this kind of work!” Lo and behold, there is, and it’s called proofreading.

Prior to this realization, I was under the assumption that you had to be an editor to do this kind of work, but that’s not the case. Though I’m sure editors catch and fix mistakes with punctuation and formatting when they can, proofreaders come in at the end of the project to clean up anything that might have been missed.

Then I thought, “Well, you probably need a degree.” We all know that I did not go to college. So, that’s it, then, right? Wrong. It turns out anyone can be a proofreader with enough research and training. For the past couple of months, that’s exactly what I did. I researched, I studied, and last week I decided to put all of my hard work to the test.

Wanting to gain some experience before going off on my own, I joined Upwork. It took a few days for anyone to trust me enough to hire me seeing as how I’m brand stinkin’ new to the website, but, after sending out over ten proposals, I have a potential job interview! I said potential job interview because I still have yet to email them in order to schedule it. Ya girl’s a teeny bit terrified, but it’ll be fiiiine. Right?!

Versatile Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much for nominating me, Mackenzie! Mackenzie, from Life with an Illness, is a fellow spoonie. I particularly enjoy her Midweek Motivation series and I think y’all will agree with me, so go check her blog out!

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Rules

  • Share 8 interesting facts about yourself.
  • Nominate a few other versatile bloggers.

8 Facts About Me

  1. I started a YouTube channel when I was twelve and kept it going until I was about sixteen or seventeen years old. All of those videos have since been deleted or privatized, as no human being should be subjected to that level of torture.
  2. I’ve been chronically ill for over nine years and only recently learned how to refill my own medication.
  3. It’s in your best interest not to stand between me and a slice of cake. Especially if it’s chocolate or carrot.
  4. I’m one of those people that immediately checks for abs after they exercise.
  5. I really want to get better at applying makeup, but apparently not enough to actually try.
  6. When I was ten years old, I dreamed of being a pro skateboarder. Hate to break it to ya, younger me, but you never even learned how to turn!
  7. If I were a braver person, I would get rid of 3/4 of my wardrobe and start over, only bringing in pieces I 100% adore. I’m also broke, so there’s that.
  8. I don’t subscribe to the idea that you only have to be/do one thing for the rest of your life. I’ve got dreams! They’re multiplyin’…
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Nominations

I’m going to be that blogger right now and not nominate anyone. *Gasp* Yes, I know, I’m terrible, but those eight facts took me three! hours! to think up and I need sleeeep. “Life is hard,” she types sarcastically.

Is This How Abled People Feel Every Day?

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The past few weeks have been hectic around the ChronicallyDannie household. My mom was in the hospital due to her own health issues, which I will not go into detail here because, unlike her daughter, she wouldn’t appreciate having every intimate detail of her malfunctioning body broadcast on the Internet… Although, I will say she was discharged this week and is recovering from her surgery now. Things here are calming down a little bit.

Man, have I missed blogging! The only thing stopping me was lack of inspiration. To be honest, I’m still not at all inspired, but I figured I should stop thinking about blogging and just do it.

If you were a reader of Chronically Dannie around this time last year, you might remember that spring is my favourite season in regards to my health. The arthritis bit with the rain can be a killer, but Chronic Fatigue Syndrome gives me a much needed break. I forgot what it was like to wake up feeling rested. I feel human again! And I’m able to get so much done…

Today, I tossed out the recyclables, brought the basket of clean clothes upstairs, and unloaded the dishwasher. Do you want to know when I was able to do that last? Last spring! I hadn’t taken my meds yet, so I definitely had to rest my heart after all of that excitement, but you guys… Ugh. I don’t even know what to say. It feels nice; that’s all I’ve got.

I know my body won’t keep this up for long. Hell, I’ll definitely be feeling the consequences tomorrow. For now, though, I’m going to enjoy the little time I do have left until Chronic Fatigue and sleep apnea catch up to me once again.

Is this how abled people feel every day?