have you ever sent your articles to any publishers/magazines/websites though?I'm just conflicted. I aimed for a steady job to avoid failing to become a freelance writer and ending up a depressed, starving alcoholic. That worked out OK. I can afford to write at leisure in my spare time and I don't have to write to pay the mortgage. The blog is therefore an indulgence with psychological and creative benefits. I can write what I want, in the way I want, without having to agonise over how to sell it. I know that can lead to bad writing too, writing that is simply self-indulgent, which is bad style (all of my pieces last year were too long). But it's hard to avoid it -- if you do something you think is really good, you want people to read it and to love it and then the silent void can be painful. It's stupid, but you can't get around it.