Will this go on my permanent (search) record?

I was busy this week with a freelance writing job. That’s good news/bad news, actually, because what should have taken a few hours (by the client’s estimate) actually took a few days to complete. I didn’t make much money.

“I need someone to rewrite and edit some medical articles on diseases,” the client said.”I want you to write them in a conversational voice.”

“I can to that!” I replied, and so I got the job (or “gig” as we in the know like to say).

He sent me the first batch of 20 articles and I read them first, because I never really know how I’m going to approach a new job/gig.

It started out with illnesses like chickenpox and walking pneumonia, both of which I’m quite familiar with. No problem, other than I had to do more research on the Internet before I could edit them properly. On it went through arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and fibromyalgia. And then…

Then it segued into sexually transmitted diseases, a well into which I had never dipped so many toes before. As this is not, shall we say, my area of expertise, I had to do a lot of searches on the Internet to find more information. 

The next morning at 5:00, with the computer powered on and coffee at hand, I started. “All right,” I thought, “bring on the  STDs,” sounding very much like a nurse practitioner as he or she unlocks the door at the walk-in clinic each morning.

My day went like this:

  • 5:00-6:15 — Go to the internet so search for symptoms and statistics for chlamydia. Edit the article.
  • 6:30-8:00 — Ditto for HIV/AIDS.
  • 8:00-10:00 — Moving on to genital herpes.
  • 10:00-12:30 – Stop for a hair appointment. As I’m paying the bill, I tell the stylist that I just finished writing about Herpes before my appointment. Now I have to hurry back to jump into genital warts.
  • 1:00-6:00 — Just keep wading through all the topics until I’m finished.

Here’s what I worry about:

  1. After three days of searching on the Internet, am I now on some sort of Watch List as someone entirely too interested in the topic?
  2. Just what sort of cookies sit on my computer now?
  3. Will this blog post get an unusual number of hits due to the subject matter? (Not entirely bad, I guess. After all, a page hit is a page hit.)
  4. Is this any way to try to earn a living?

And here’s what I learned:

  1. If you have an STD, you have plenty of company.
  2. Use protection and don’t share needles.
  3. Gonorrhea is tricky to spell.
  4. So is Chlamydia.

3 thoughts on “Will this go on my permanent (search) record?

  1. Well perhaps you also learned not to believe the client’s estimate on how long a project will take so you can earn some money. Dogs are the only on living things you can trust. Woof 🙂


  2. 20 medical (that means – with a lot of technical jargon – or gobbledygook) articles seem like a lot to revise and rewrite … a few hours? Reading and understanding them alone would take that time for me. I am impressed by your skills!


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