One of the many things I love would be animals. So I write a column about animals—specifically, pets—for Examiner.com, an online news organization with numerous regional offices. I live in Chicago’s western suburbs, so I write my “Pets Examiner” column under the auspices of Examiner.com’s Chicago bureau.
If you aspire to be an “examiner” (reporter/columnist) for Examiner.com, the application process gives you the opportunity to name your area of interest. The news pages of the site suggest areas they’d like to have covered in their “Want to be an Examiner?” ads, but they wisely allow individuals the latitude to name their own area of expertise—or interest.
The impulse that led me to Examiner.com consisted of a desire for (1) greater incentive to write more often and (2) something that would push me to get experience with posting—and promoting—my work online. With amazing forethought, I realized that choosing the wide-open category of “pets” would give me much more flexibility than picking a single species.
I suppose I could find something to say every day about my dog. Especially now that I once more have two dogs. But being able to switch between dogs (mixed breed Crystal and shiba inu Seiki, pictured above), ferrets (we have 4), cats, horses (mostly about a local group, FTEA, that does therapeutic riding lessons), reptiles … and occasional forays into the quasi-pet status of critters that feed/make their homes in your yard … keeps me interested. Lets me change subjects before I get jaded.
Others might make the opposite choice: to limit their work to a single subject, whether business law or scrapbooking, to stay within an area they know well and to avoid biting off too large a subject to cover. But for something you plan to write about even once a week, you’d better pick a topic about which you are passionate, however large or focused the scope, and however much or little you already know about it. You can always find more knowledge as needed. In fact, if you love the topic enough, you’ll delight in the excuse to dig into it deeper and learn more.
By the way, if my experience makes you want to be an Examiner, and you’re willing for me to get a bonus for interesting you (and for which I thank you in advance), use this link to apply: http://exm.nr/jpAVQq