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5 Years of Online Writing

Almost 5 Years of Online Writing

February 7th will mark my 5th year anniversary of quitting my part-time job in an attempt to earn money as an online writer. In those 5 years I’ve earned and learned quite a bit. The largest contributing factor to my online writing success was the decision to transition from up front to residual earnings. The […]

Sneak Peek at Tidbits

The More Things Change…

…the more they stay the same. I’m having a full-circle moment. Many moons ago I created my online playground, Tidbits and Stuff. You guys know the story. It was a hand-coded site, then a WordPress site, then a Joomla site and now…I’m converting it back to a WordPress site. I expect the process to take […]

The Slower, Less Traveled Road

The Slower, Less Traveled Road

When I look at my online writing career, I realize I could have earned a lot more money and reached my financial goals a lot faster. My slow, steady and maybe antiquated method for earning money isn’t the most popular route to travel. The Road I Took I started out on the more frequently traveled […]

NaturallySpeaking Voice Recognition Software

Disable Twitter/Facebook Posting in Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Sometimes I like to use NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software to write my posts, articles or even my e-books. I started using voice recognition software a few years ago and haven’t quite mastered it yet. I decided to use it more so it could help me in my flurry of new writing activity. NaturallySpeaking 11.5 The […]

Storm Clouds

Freelance Writing and Rainy Days

I tried searching NJFM for the term “rainy day” and realized the only place the term showed up was on page 15 in my ebook “So You Want to Become a Freelance Writer.” Since I didn’t write about it here on NJFM I feel I need to talk about it now. Writing and Rain If […]


Out of Communication for a Bit

I was one of the fortunate folks to have been hit by the recent early winter storm. As a result, I’m in the dark. Our generator pull string decided to give up the ghost so we’re really in the dark. No power, no Internet, no hot water…life is good! I’m thankful for our  gym membership […]

Out of the Box Thinking

High Tech Brain Storming Tools

I wanted to share with you some of the high-tech tools I use when I have a brainstorming session. Since I am taking a new direction in my online writing, I find that brainstorming is something that I do almost on a daily basis. Once my path is set, I’ll brainstorm less often, but there’s […]

Under Construction

Heading in a New Direction

When I originally created No Job for Mom I created it as a brain dump. I knew that it would be one central place where I can jot down things that I’ve learned and not have to worry about where to find it later. These next few posts will be what I consider brain dumps. […]

Not Feeling It

Not Feeling It

Something pretty interesting has been happening with me. Every time I sit down to the computer to write, I don’t. What I end up doing is searching the Internet on subjects far removed from writing (like non-genetically modified foods and transitioning to a whole food diet). Going with the Flow In addition to my monetary […]

500 Dollar Bill

4 ½ Years and 500 Posts to Achieve One Goal

It took 4 ½ years (I left my last part-time job on February 9, 2007 and today is August 4, 2011) and 500 posts later for me to reach one of my goals. Shortly after taking on line writing seriously one of my early dreams was to become self sufficient. In other words I wanted […]


Oh that Elusive 63 Cents – July Earnings

Just last night I looked at my numbers and mentioned to my hubby that I was 63 cents shy of reaching $2,600 for the month. When I said it we both laughed because we both remembered when 63 cents was my entire monthly haul. In April of 2006 I earned $.63. It was my first […]


Earning Residual Income as a Freelance Writer is Like Dancing

Good dancers are light on their feet. They must be able to quickly and gracefully shift their weight from one foot to the other along with the music. Really good dancers have fluid hand and body movements that accompany their footwork. One thing about a good dancer is that you know one when you see […]

Heat Wave

Extreme Heat and the Freelance Writer

The longer I work as an online freelance writer the more perks I find. Many of us are living through a pretty intense heat wave right now. I’m probably one of the few people that is thoroughly enjoying it. I’ve always had a preference for heat as opposed to cold. The only time the heat […]


LeechBlock for Online Time Efficiency

I’m reading the 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss for the second time.  If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you borrow it from your local library (as I’ve done) or purchase a copy.  I’ve borrowed it twice from the library and think it’s time for me to purchase my own copy. What I […]

Letting Go

Letting Go of Yesterday to Make Room for Tomorrow

With 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 […]