Years ago, I used to write for a living. I was a technical writer and I was good at it. Sort of. Turns out, it's really hard to write about something you don't actually understand. When I understood, I wrote well. When I didn't, which was far too often, I couldn't write worth a darn. So I changed what I did for a living. (Turns out that, despite the unending stress, the writing was more interesting but I digress.)
I've really gotten into the whole emergency preparedness thing. Not only is it fun to gather things I'll need in case there's an emergency, but it's comforting, too. Anyway, the website/store I frequent most often is Emergency Essentials. Turns out Emergency Essentials has a blog and the blog has an open invitation for anyone to write a post about an emergency you've experienced, preparing for an emergency or writing a review of one of their products. If they publish your guest post, they give you a $20 gift card to the store. A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post and submitted it. Last week, I received an email stating they were going to publish it and to where did I want the gift card mailed. I was floored that they'd responded so quickly and even more pleased when I found out they didn't edit a word in the essay. You can read the essay here. It had been so long since I'd done any serious writing, I was afraid I'd lost the ability. (Yes, I know I write for my blog but that's just me messing around and having fun.) I guess I've still got it.
(Note: I just reread my little essay and not only did they not change anything, they didn't fix my mistake in the last sentence. Oops!)