I had to interrupt my 4-year online writing recap to inject this minor vent and wake up call.
For those of you who watched the TV show Seinfield, you know what I’m talking bout when I say “Serenity Now.” For those of you who are not familiar with the show, here’s a clip of what I’m talking about
After my little Serenity Now vent I pulled out my Serenity Prayer and re-focused myself.
The Annoying Situation
Yesterday was an interesting day. I checked my stats this morning only to find that eHow didn’t update their numbers and Suite…well good old Suite. They had a software glitch (at least I hope they did) and my earnings were at a record low (yep…66 cents).
I must admit that I was pretty annoyed to find that both eHow and Suite did not properly update their numbers on the same day. I’m a stats junkie and such an occurrence is a real annoyance.
Things I Cannot Change
Unfortunately, there’s nothing I can do about how and when eHow and Suite report their numbers. I can complain and rant and rave, but that gets me nowhere. It also opens the door to negative energy and I’ve been working hard on putting a lock on that door.
What I can do, however, is decide where to place my online writing efforts. Earning money by writing for online content sites is exciting. Content sites get great traffic and they are a great venue for learning how to write online. Some folks make it their first and last stop when it comes to online writing.
Adding Eggs to My Own Writing Basket
As much as I try to diversify my writing, I realize that a large part of my online content is placed on sites other than my own. Wait, let me rephrase that. A large portion of my money making content is placed on sites other than my own (I have a lot of content here on NJFM but it’s not a money maker).
The double software glitch was the wakeup call that I needed.
Time for More Focused Changes
I did mention that this year was going to be a year of focus for me. To that end, my next goal is to increase the number of articles on my own sites/blogs to match and exceed the amount I have placed on sites that I don’t own. It’s time to add more eggs to my own basket.
When I first started with eHow I challenged myself to write 100 articles in one month. I accomplished that task and have been reaping the benefits of my work ever since. Never have I challenged myself to produce that amount of content for my own sites. Why? Dunno.
This is really puzzling to me because I’m earning just as much with one of my blogs as I earn from Suite and my blog has ¼ the amount of content. You would think that I’d take the time to beef up the content to increase my earnings.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
I can’t change how and when eHow and Suite report their figures, but I can sure as heck build my own online arsenal so that if the same thing happens next year, I’ll be less affected by the lack of reporting.
Every once in a while I need a bit of a wakeup call. Thanks eHow and Suite for the swift kick!
Enough of my rant…I will now return to my 4-year online writing recap…