There are some occasions when I have a little too much coffee and allow my somewhat demented thoughts to be captured here at NJFM. I’m apologizing in advance because this is one of those occasions.
I am a basic non-gimmick type of person. I tend to like to do things from scratch. That’s precisely the reason I don’t buy pancake mix, canned beans and prefer to make French fries from potatoes. It’s not a very popular or quick way to get things done, but I believe it’s healthier and tastes better.
The same way I feel about cooking is the exact same way I feel about online freelance writing. There are gimmicks, programs and methods to increase earnings, gain traffic and reach Google’s first page faster, but I’ve chosen not to use them. I’m not knocking any of those programs. As I always say, there’s more than one way of skinning a cat, and I just choose to skin mine without gimmicks. I’m sure many of the programs work and some don’t. It’s just that I tend to do things the old fashioned way. It’s a personality quirk.
Because I like to do things from scratch it takes me longer to reach certain goals. In a recent sort of interview (not really an interview but sort of like one), I realized it took me a little over 3 ½ years to reach the $2,000 per month residual milestone. To some that is a lifetime. To me, well, when you do things from scratch you expect it to take longer so I’m not complaining.
Why am I writing about this? Well, if you don’t have the money to buy the latest gimmick or can’t afford to subscribe to the latest and fastest way to earn tons of money on the internet, don’t fret. Just keep at it.
Keep on Scrappin’
My husband and I describe ourselves as scrappy. We’ve faced much adversity in our lives but we continue to scrap until we overcome the obstacle (my cousin calls us Weebles …you know the old commercial, Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down).
When Google put the kibosh on one of my sites early on in my online writing career, I could have given up, but I didn’t. When BrightHub sent me a rejection email telling me that my writing wasn’t good enough, I could have chucked it all in. I was turned down at About.com after spending time and effort creating a mock website and have had many of my magazine query letter ignored. On top of that, I’ve got several hundred articles online that earn nothing or next to nothing . All of these situations can put a serious damper or a writer’s ego (oh and we won’t mention the occasional snarky DMS rewrite request ). But…the scrappers keep scrappin’!
So, I guess in my caffeine overloaded state, this is my way of telling you not to give up. It’s not all roses, but if your dream is big enough and real enough, you’ll get there.
Now, I’m off to get a glass or two of water in an attempt to dilute the coffee in my system.