Archive for November, 2010

Online Writing to Online Earning

more on this at the beginning of December, but as you can well imagine, raising seven children on one income is difficult, so I have decided to try to turn my online writing and blogging into an income for me.  I am not yet sure how successful I will be with this, but it is something that allows me to be home with the kids, to continue to homeschool, and perhaps to take some of the financial burden off Mark.  Even if it would mean paying for one small bill a month, it would be well worth it.  As always, I have learnt the most from others and will share my experiences (successes and failures) with you as I go.

I had written that I would be thrilled to again triple my online earnings, which would have been a grand total of $2.43 for the month of November.  I can tell you that I have far surpassed that already with the end of the month still almost a week away.  The first week of December, I will post my actual total, along with how I achieved it and my idea for a huge undertaking with my writing that I am going to pursue (gulp!) in order to promote adoption, which is a passion of mine, and if it were to also add to the income, that would be a welcome bonus!

Stay tuned!!!

Reading and Writing

For me, there seems to be a direct correlation between reading and writing.  It is my love of books and reading that led me to want to write, so I guess this is only natural.  Now that I have started to write, I am noticing that the times when I am writing, I am craving reading and am devouring books every chance I get.  It seems to work the other way as well.  When I stop reading or am only reading a bit, my writing goes down or stops completely too.  It is like the passion for one spurs me on in the other.  Also, when I am reading a book that is extremely compelling or well-written, it inspires me to want to learn how to improve my own writing.

Now that I have made this observation about myself, I am wondering if others have noticed this correlation in their lives between writing and reading.

October Online Writing

I promised a report of how many pennies I made in October with my online writing and here it is.  In September, I had met my goal of making 25 cents and my goal for October was to write 20 articles, which I managed to achieve, though mostly under pressure when the deadline was approaching for the end of the month.  As far as pennies go, I made an additional 81 cents in October, bringing my grand total to $1.06.  In one sense, that is not a lot of money, but it is triple what I made the month before, with most of it being residual income on the previous month’s articles, so if I were able to continue to triple my revenues every month, it wouldn’t be long before I really was making some decent passive income.

It’s interesting to see what articles generate the most views.  There are a few articles of mine that I think are fairly well written or researched that I see steady traffic to, but most of what gets the most traffic are the articles that I only wrote because I had placed a self-imposed deadline on myself.  Articles such as “Clean Knock Knock Jokes for Kids” or product reviews I have done on games, homeschool curriculum, or cleaning products continue to be the ones that see the most traffic.  Also popular are the articles about party planning themes, the top one being my Thai Dinner Party one, followed by the Mickey Mouse birthday party one.  Many of my articles are copy and pastes of old blog posts, with tweaking done to take out names of my kids or identifying information.

My goal this month (November) was originally to write 21 articles, but I had not had the chance to do any yet.  Then yesterday, I had a burst of energy and managed to post 16 articles in one day (mainly book reviews that were already written on one of my blogs), so I may be amending my goal to 26 or 31.  I will let you know how it goes and also, I will post my November earnings once I know.  If I am able to triple October’s earnings, it would be $2.43, so it would be great to see it be dollars as opposed to cents…we’ll see!

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