This post might be a bit long, and I apologize up front for its length. Over this holiday weekend, I had a few long talks with myself (I had similar talks when I was considering whether or not to quit my job and work full time as a freelance writer and similarly when I decided to forgo upfront pay writing gigs in favor of residual).
The talks, this time, were about the direction of my freelance writing career. I spent time looking at tangible factors such as money and intangible factors such as where my passion lies.
When I worked at a traditional job, my desire was to work from home. Then, once I started working from home, I realized that I didn’t want to be a slave to the computer cranking out several articles daily in order to get paid so I turned to earning passive income.
Now that I’ve created a foundation of residual income (only a foundation, I’m still working on creating a larger stream of residual earnings), I decided to take a look at what I’ve accomplished and where I want to go.
Putting in the Right Effort
In earlier posts, I mentioned that I was going to work hard from September through June so that I could take next summer off. I’m still going to work hard, but I want to make sure the efforts are properly placed. I don’t want to create another ‘cubicle/job’ type of situation. The hard work must be enjoyable. If I don’t enjoy what I’m doing then I might as well go out and get a traditional job.
Finding the Joy and Satisfaction
In my many self conversations, I realized that I truly enjoy blogging here. I don’t seem to get writer’s block, I can write about whatever I want in whatever style I wish (first, second or third person), and I can set my own writing schedule. I meet nice people and learn a lot from my readers.
There’s only one problem…No Job for Mom is not a money maker. I can write to my heart’s content, but it’s purely a labor of love.
Take off the Blinders
The great thing about having self conversations is that you get to be anyone you want to be. So, I took off the rose-colored glasses and looked at my situation realistically. The only thing missing from this blog is the ability to make money. So, it’s time to create a situation whereby I will enjoy the best of both worlds. I have to continue doing what I love to do, but I have to make money doing it. There, problem solved!
It is amazing how much of a relief it is when you finally figure out which direction to go; no more wasting energy in a self-doubting holding pattern.
Moving in the Right Direction
Although Google AdSense and InfoLinks work well on my other blogs/sites, they don’t do well at all on this blog. As a matter of fact, I’m seriously considering removing them. Instead, I’ve decided to sell ad space as a means of monetizing this blog as evident by the boxes on the upper right-hand corner of the screen (I’m using OIOPublisher software. I’ll blog about that in a later post).
I’ve also decided to accept paid reviews. Let advertisers be forewarned. I only provide honest reviews, so if the product and/or service is not up to par, don’t ask me to review it because I’m going to be honest (my readers will also know it is a paid review).
On to the Next
Only time will tell if I made the right decision in selling ad space and paid reviews. In the meanwhile, I’ll continue doing what I love to do while supplementing my income by writing articles on residually paying content sites.
Life is too short to spend it in a holding pattern of self doubt and indecision. For better or worse, I made my decision and am moving on.