A Rocky Road to Discovery
I started my blogs 6 years ago but I have already been writing online before that. But it was never to earn anything. I didn´t even know back then that you can earn money writing online. It was poetry. I started sharing the poems that I have been writing throughout college. What I wanted then was to have my poetry read by others.
But then I started reading about people making money online by blogging, by working from home. I was at a point in my life when I was looking for something like that. I wanted to be out of the daily grind that I found myself sinking into deeper and deeper each day. I also wanted to write, more that ever.
I started looking online how to earn by writing. There certainly were a lot of people offering to help but you have to pay first. I got lured into paying for one but soon found out that it was all a scam. I took up the offer of a money back guaranty but I never heard one peep from that person.
I Earned My First Dollar
It wasn´t from the kind of writing that I wanted to do but I did finally earn my first online dollars starting and participating in discussions. It was hard and tedious work but I learned a lot mostly from discussions and comments by other members of that site.
Then I found my way to content mills. I was writing long articles and I was earning cents. I tried the bidding thing but it never worked out for me because I couldn´t make myself bid for a 2 dollar job. I´m earning mere cents on my content mill articles but they remain mine and I continue to earn cents from them to this day.
I Still Want to be a Content Writer
I confess, I´m an on and off writer. Partly because it wasn´t my priority before because I still had my day job. I was studying Spanish and at the same time trying to keep up with my then job as a technical support representative. You must understand, when I started that job I didn´t know squat how computers work. I was hired because they needed someone who speaks Spanish. And I was that. So were the rest of the people in my team. We had a one month crash course in computer and networking and that was it. But I didn´t want it to be just it. So I taught myself to get to know computers too, and started writing a few articles about it.
Then I moved to Malaysia and had to teach myself even more computer stuffs. I was no longer just helping out people connect to their home networks, I was trying to troubleshoot a whole gamut of application and hardware issues for a business entity in the entire Americas. That´s where I really learned that I can teach myself anything if I really wanted to. But I still wanted to be a writer.
Throughout my whole professional life, content writing was my hobby. It was what I did when I was off work and wanted to unwind. Then I got married, left my job and had a child. Now what I want is to make a living while staying at home and be a mom. So I decided to finally take my blogs seriously. At least trying to write more diligently now than I ever did before.
Why I Don´t Apply for Writing Jobs
If I really want to make writing a full time job, there are a number of people online who hire freelance writers. The problem is, they think 15 dollars for a 400 word article is too steep. And I have already sold an article at Constant Content for thrice that much. In a way, I already got spoiled.
If I really want to go that route, I could easily apply for a writing job in LinkedIn, even Facebook has groups where people look for writers. But that´s the caveat, you need to accept the going rate of 2 dollars per hundred word. I can´t. Because that means I have to work more. Take hours away from my daughter, which is the whole point of me writing to stay home.
So I decided to just write for Constant Content. I write whenever I want, about whatever topic I want. Luckily, almost all the articles I have written so far have been sold. I do need to write more though. Now I´m torn between working at my blogs and working on my articles.
To Cut the Long Story Short
Content writing is not just writing. There are a whole gamut of things that you need to learn if you want to be one. I learned that the long and arduous way. And I still have ahead of me a long and arduous road.
Recently I found out I can also earn from home selling paintings and photographs online. I might pick up my watercolors again and try that too. Or I´m also thinking of finally writing a novel and selling on kindle. There´s a whole new world of independent publishers out there too making a living selling Ebooks.
I might have to put on the ninja cap to accomplish everything I want though.