Where I’ve Been Freelancing and Featured Lately: JobZook, DIY Writing and Venturesome

Ramping up my freelancing is one of my main goals to grow my blog in 2013. A few weeks back, I shared all of my recent freelance pieces, so I thought I’d make this a semi-regular feature around here to share where I’ve been guest posting or featured lately. Here we go!

I was super excited and extremely honored when I saw earlier this week that I’d been included on JobZook’s list of “Top PR, Marketing Women To Follow On Twitter.” It’s an amazing honor to be included among women in the industry whom I’ve admired for years. Check out the list and be sure to follow the incredible women who are making strides in marketing and public relations.

Top PR, Marketing Women To Follow On Twitter

While not someone I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in real life, Jessica has always been someone who’s impressed me with her solid personal brand and desire to educate others. She is a fantastic writer, and her blog is partially dedicated to content that encourages people to “get gutsy.” Currently, handles B2B PR, content creation and e-communications for Bucks County tourism, and enjoys running and travel.

Head over to JobZook to check out the full list.

I’ve long admired Dana Sitar’s blog DIY Writing, and I’ve even had the honor of hosting her here on my blog twice! When she offered me the chance to write a guest post for her blog, I was thrilled. Dana challenged me to write a post around the topic of “what’s holding you back?” I knew what I wanted to write about immediately.

Why Jessica Lawlor Gave Up Her Dream Of Writing a Novel (For Now)

To say I’ve always loved to write would be an understatement. As soon as I could hold a pencil, my imagination went wild and I spent hours upon hours in dream worlds, putting words down on paper. From journal entries and short stories in elementary school to blog posts and published bylines in my twenties, I’ve long dreamed of making a career writing.

So naturally, it has always been a major goal of mine to write and publish a book. “I want to be an author,” was always my go-to answer when someone asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. And, prior to rebranding my website in October, my blog was solely dedicated to book reviews and documenting my experience writing a novel.

But I have a dirty, little confession to make.

I haven’t written a word of my novel in more than three years.

Be sure to check out the full post on Dana’s blog here to learn WHY I gave up my dream of writing a novel.

When my friend and fellow PR professional Rachel Esterline reached out to see if I’d be interested in being featured in her ’13 in 2013′ interview series, I jumped at the opportunity. Rachel is conducting interviews in a number of categories, and I was the first person featured in the professionals under 30 category. Read a snippet below and be sure to click over to Rachel’s blog to read the full post.

13 in 2013: Jessica Lawlor

1. Who are you?

I’m Jessica Lawlor, a public relations professional, blogger and freelance writer in the Philadelphia area. In addition to my full-time job and freelancing for a variety of websites, I blog about getting gutsy – forcing yourself out of your comfort zone in order to live a life that makes you truly happy. Oh, and I recently ran my first half marathon!

Click over to Venturesome for the full interview.