Elyssa Giedraitis

Around the age of 14 I was diagnosed with depression, a lack of wanting to talk to physical people pushed me into expressing my feelings with words. Maybe it was something to do with not having to see peoples reactions to the dark thoughts in my head or maybe it was the ability to have a second to think about what I was saying before I actually said it. From writing about my mental health struggles I found that I really enjoyed writing- about my opinions, about the things I thought about, about my experiences. It was 2014 when I decided to take my writing public through The Introvert Archive, at the time I was embarrassed to be doing something that wasn't recognised as normal then- writing my opinions and sharing them online, therefore I didn't promote my blog at all to begin with, not even my own Mum had any idea about it.

After high school I decided that writing was something I loved to do and I genuinely wanted to peruse my love of sharing my opinions and experiences. For the past two years I have been working hard to create content and promote my blog to people who have similar ideas and interests as me. My style of writing can be described as a “no bullshit” approach, I prefer to tell things exactly how it is, rather than trying to sugar coat it. I believe that if you are going to attempt to influence people with your writing you need to be 100% truthful, there is nothing worse than putting your trust In someone only to be misled.

Blogging and writing isn’t my only job, I have also stepped into a role in the family business. Family is very important to me, as you can see through some blog posts- I like to spend a lot of time with my family. As a small, family run business I stepped into the role of office manager, which allows me to divide my time between both working and writing. This however, would never have been possible if my parents had not been so supportive of my writing dreams.

In all, writings if something I love to do and often my saviour from the outside world. I will continue to strive to create a community on The Introvert Archive who are always in the know about lifestyle, health, mental health and up to date with major world happenings.

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Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

In December of 2017 it was announced that the Western Australian government had decided to make major cuts with the education system. In January 2018 I published a post on The Introvert Archive voicing my opinions and experiences I have had with the education system. Between two posts on the topic 10,000 people viewed the posts and subsequently some cuts were reversed. Obviously, I was not the only reason the cuts were reversed, but I was credited with being a helping hand. That is a good example of why I like to write- to help people, to make a difference.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

Typically, I work in my office from Monday to Friday, varying times and hours. In that time I divide my workload between the family business and researching and writing for The Introvert Archive. The working for TIA is a full time thing, not only with researching and writing, but also with social media and promoting.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

In the office I like to have a positive working environment. I like to have things around me that make me happy, inspiring quotes, pictures of the people I love. I find that if I have a clear desk, my head space is also clearer.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

I think what sets me apart is the tone of voice I produce my content with. The no bullshit approach I have has really resonated with people, especially with some mental health posts. People like that they can rely on me to tell it like it is and not fluff around the topic.

What are the tools of your trade?

My biggest tool is access to research technology- there is no point writing about a topic if you have no idea what you are talking about. The internet is the biggest research technology I use, but I also use books, experiences and other people.

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

My collaborations can work in one of two ways. The first is through an interview, these can be conducted face to face, via the telephone or email, whichever is practical for the blog. The second way is through someone sending me something to talk about on the blog or sending me a suggestion of something they would like covered.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Honestly, my biggest lesson has been to stick with what you know. Over-complicating something and over-thinking it has often led me to go off on a tangent and I find that keeping it simple and interesting is the way to go.

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