In my couple of years as an online freelance writer, I’ve had a blast. There are so many options for freelance writer that it’s dizzying. The good thing about the internet is that you can make money writing about anything that interests you. The bad thing about the internet is that you can make money writing about anything that interests you.
There are times that I become passionate about certain topics, so much so that I get the bright idea to create a blog about it. As a result, I have several blogs on topics that, at one time or another, I was very passionate about. But, as my passion waned, so did my writing on the topic. Now I’ve got dormant blogs and sites that earn a few dollars, but have not been updated recently.
Out of the Mouths of Babes (and Hubbies)
Last month my son had to do a paper on successful business people. As one of his subjects he decided to interview his Dad. So, while I was cooking, he and his Dad sat down at the kitchen table and my son conducted the interview (I did my best to listen and butt out).
As the interview progressed, I picked up one juicy nugget of information that I seemed to have been missing in my own online venture.
The question was: What is the single quality that you attribute your success to?
The answer: Learning how to delegate.
The interview continued and my husband explained the necessity to delegate lesser tasks which freed him up to do more interesting and challenging tasks. At each step in his career, he would delegate the simpler tasks and take on more difficult ones.
Light Bulb Moment
I’ve been a one person operation since I started writing online; partially because I enjoyed writing and creating websites and partially because I have a hard time delegating tasks. But after hearing the interview, I realized that delegating was the answer to my dormant blogs. I don’t have to let a blog die just because I don’t feel like writing on a particular subject. Whether I choose to use Textbroker, guest posts or even hire a writer, my blogs can continue to be updated regularly.
I guess one of my New Year’s goals (in addition to finding a new WordPress template for NJFM) is to try this delegation stuff. I’ve got very little to lose and much to gain.
I’d love to hear some of your New Year’s goals (I find that listening to other folks’ goals helps me to formulate some of my own).