Letting Go of Yesterday to Make Room for Tomorrow

| June 22, 2011

Letting GoWith my new online writing strategy I decided to go through my existing blogs, my computer hard drive, my hosting account, databases and anything else that’s related to earning money online and clean out the deadwood. Because I’ve created and discontinued so many blogs, my HostGator account had quite a few unused databases so I went through and deleted the unnecessary databases.

In addition to cleaning up the databases, I’m also in the process of upgrading all of my WordPress themes to the latest releases. This takes quite a bit of time but I’m doing this to make life easier going forward (if you come by NJFM and it looks weird it’s because I’m playing around with the theme). In essence, I’m performing a spring/summer cleaning.

A Yesterday Discovery

While working on cleaning the computer hard drive, I found tons of backed up copies of my online work. Actually, it was a redundancy because I always write to my hard drive and then post it online so I didn’t really need to make a second backup copy when the eHow WCP program closed and Suite 101 started tanking.

These documents are now sitting on my hard drive taking up unnecessary space. I knew in my heart that once I wrote those articles and placed them on the content site, I would never want to rewrite them again; use them for reference, yes, but rewrite them, no. There are three reasons why I tend to write and forget about it:

  • I write when I’m interested in the subject. That interest lasts for as long as it does and once it’s done; I’m also done with the subject.
  • Depending on the topic, information quickly becomes outdated. That’s why I’m a big fan of inserting the date written somewhere on the article. It’s infrequent that I go back to update old articles.

    Moving

  • There are too many new things to learn for me to spend time rehashing my old stuff.

Moving Forward

The time I wasted making duplicate backups of old articles could have been better spent writing new articles and placing them elsewhere. I often wonder why so many talented writers spend so much time playing chess with their old articles by moving them from one site to another instead of using their talents to create more and better work. Don’t get me wrong, moving articles is definitely a strategy to take, but is it the wisest use of a writer’s time and talent?

As a writer I believe in trying new things and taking different paths. It’s been a couple of months since the WCP program closed and the Panda was released on the Internet. Prior to those two events, my daily earnings were averaging a little over $90 a day. When those events happened, my earnings dropped by about 50%.

Making Room for the Future

I’ve left the old articles with the old sites and have chosen to try something new. In the past few months I’ve been watching my residual income grow. I’m beginning to see consecutive days of over $90 in residual earnings. There are highs and lows, but the highs are getting higher and the lows are getting higher too.

CheeseI’m not exactly where I was pre Panda and WCP closure, but I see I’m beginning to reap the benefits of my hard work. I’m not doing the full-fledged happy dance just yet but I think I’ll put on my dancing shoes in preparation.

Like Sniff and Scurry of Who Moved My Cheese , I realized it was time to create new cheese. If you know anything about making cheese, it takes a whole lot of whippin’ in order to create new cheese.

Are you creating new cheese or are you playing chess with your old cheese?

 

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Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites.

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  1. Ken Muise says:

    Hi Felicia,

    I was just going through some of your old posts and read this one. “Who Moved My Cheese” is awesome…they make Army Recruiters watch that video a lot! I’ve probably watched it ten times in training sessions. I was surprised to find it anywhere else. Good stuff…thanks for the flash back!
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  2. Grandma says:

    Sometimes a turn or step backwards lead to new adventures. While it may seem tough when one avenue of work closes off, there are others to explore that might be even better. Keep the faith!

  3. Teresa says:

    So, Felicia, clearly you’re right about the backup plans and not putting all your eggs in one basket.

    Would you say (right this second) that Panda was probably a blessing in disguise?

    • Felicia says:

      Teresa, recently Panda has taken off the disguise. 🙂 It has been a true blessing for me (and I’m sure for some other folks too).

  4. Kristine says:

    I’m an oddity, I write in the online program and don’t back up. I rely on Google cache if I ever needed it. I haven’t. I have lost an article or two because the online tool I’m using goes down, but it just seems quicker than copying and pasting everything from word to online.
    Kristine recently posted…Tips for New Writers: Avoid Informational OverloadMy Profile

    • Felicia says:

      Kristine, that’s one way of doing it, but I’ve learned from past online experience that self reliance is a sure thing. I’m not sure how long Google keeps articles in its cache. If you’re looking for an article that was lost, removed or misplaced quite some time ago, Google might not have it in its cache.

  5. Prerna says:

    Excellent post and I’m with you totally on this. I’m busy “creating new cheese” and not nibbling on the old ones, except maybe using them slightly so for making the new cheese! 🙂 In fact, I find it more motivating and interesting to whip up new articles, think of new topics instead of spending time moving the old around.
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    • Felicia says:

      Prerna, I apologize for not getting to your blog too often, but I know from my inbox that you’ve been very busy creating new cheese. Every time I receive your RSS feed I smile. I’m so happy that you’re creating new cheese and making the best of things. Keep up the great work!

  6. Deanna says:

    Great post. I also like to go through and clean up the old ‘stuff’ on my computer from time to time and start out fresh. It’s encouraging to hear you are re-building your residual income so quickly – your new and old sites must be doing very well. Hope they continue to grow! 🙂
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    • Felicia says:

      Deanna, I’m always cautiously optimistic when it comes to Google. Things are going well right now, but I’m working like crazy on a few books to fall back on if things with Google go south.