June 3, 2013


My reasons for getting up in the morning.I’ve been at this freelance thing for years. And you know what I’ve learned? You’re only valued as much as you value yourself. My dad always used to say “You’ve got to toot your own horn, Bren,” and here I am 10 years into writing professionally, finally singing loud and proud.

That’s my way of saying Welcome to my little corner of the web, Digital Inkwell. Please won’t you stay for some tea?

This blog is designed to help people just like me-bloggers, writers, social media managers, etc-trying to find solid ground in the oft-times shaky world of freelancing. You’ll find the kinds of posts I like to read, filled with actionable advice, clear tips, and a healthy dose of pop culture nerdiness to keep things interesting.

Because I believe anyone with the drive and a passion for the written word can accomplish what I have. You just need to want it.

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About Brenda Barron

Hello there kind Internet traveler! I’m Brenda. I’m 31 and live in Huntington Beach, California. I live with my husband, almost 3 year old daughter, 7 month old son, and two cats. I spend my days writing for a living. Yes, you caught me. I’m a freelance writer and blogger and The Digital Inkwell is personal brand. You can often find me typing furiously at my local Starbucks. (Yes, I’m that person).

I’ve been published on numerous websites and blogs. I’ve interviewed top social media gurus for the Intuit Small Business Blog, “followed the money” via business analysis for The Motley Fool, pondered social media and inbound marketing trends for Brandxten, and analyzed the implications of the latest news on content marketing for Content Standard by Skyword. Currently, I write in-depth tutorials for WPMU DEV and Envato.

And that’s just scratching the surface of what I’ve been up to!

I’ve been at this freelance writing thing for many years. I worked my way through college (graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in English Literature from California State University, Long Beach in 2007) by putting pen to paper. Back then, I wrote for print magazines like Cat Fancy, Critters USA, and ePregnancy. I wrote a lot of keyword-rich articles for clients, too.

And those were all excellent experiences but I didn’t really get this freelancing thing until recently. Something clicked in my mind. I realized I didn’t need to work my ass off day in and day out to scrap by a living that still didn’t pay the bills. I didn’t need to agonize over lackluster job postings that offered pennies and apply anyway because that’s all there is.

As soon as I realized there were opportunities out there for the taking I started seeing them line up more and more. I got a gig here. And that gig led to another. And that published article led to a contract with another blog and so forth. I still have a long way to go toward repairing the years of self-doubt and missteps but it feels good to be on the right track.

Won’t you come on the journey with me? There will be plenty of references to Doctor Who and Back to the Future, I promise.

About My Other Name

Sometimes I write fiction and poetry. My byline on those pieces is Brenda Stokes Barron. Creative writing is in my blood and my blood is in Stokes.

If you’re interested in that part of my life, I can tell you this: I write mostly science fiction and fantasy short stories. My often dark tales have appeared in the likes of Apex Magazine, Electric Velocipede, Everyday Weirdness, Flashes in the Dark and Six Sentences. Most recently, my short “Sylvia and the Gynandromorph Sea,” appeared in Metastasis: A charity anthology benefitting Cancer Research from WolfSinger Publications.

I also keep a personal blog called There Was a Shopping Cart in my Bedroom and a community site for working moms, The Work Life Mom.