I was browsing over at Ken’s blog, The Freelancer Today, the other day. He wrote a poignant post about how writing online isn’t always about money. I agree wholeheartedly. His post was the inspiration for this one.
When I started No Job for Mom I started it because I needed a place to put the information I learned about becoming a freelance writer. At my maturing age my memory isn’t quite what it used to be. I tried writing the info on sticky notes (that didn’t work) and then I decided to write my info in a word doc and save it on my computer’s hard drive. The problem was I couldn’t remember where I placed the files on my hard drive so I needed a tool that would consolidate my notes and allow me to search for subjects on an as-needed basis; hence the birth of NJFM.
It wasn’t about money, it was about necessity. It grew from necessity into enjoyment.
Projects and Challenges
I have another blog that I created last year that chronicles my journey with our above ground pool. The blog is not a big moneymaker but it helps me tremendously because I write what I’ve learned, track what works and what does not work. Just like No Job for Mom, there’s an audience of people out there with the same problems and challenges as I have with my above-ground pool.
Similar to NJFM, often times I do the opposite of what some of the established and successful gurus recommend (the way I closed the pool last year was a joke, but within 24 hours of opening it this year it was in swimmable condition). I only update the blog seasonally, from May when I open the pool until September when I close the pool. I don’t get a lot of comments but I seem to be getting a growing number of readers (in excess of 300 page views a day and rising).
It too grew from necessity into enjoyment.
Writing and Pools and Other Stuff
I approach swimming pools the same way that I approach writing, cooking, cars (yes, I work on those on occasion too), hair (from cornrows to perms) and just about any other project I take on. I guess what I’m getting at here is that there are so many things we all do and enjoy. As writers, we can combine that joy/learning experience with our ability to write and turn it into an online money making venue. Some venues will make more money than others, but if you enjoy what you’re doing, the money is secondary.
And…you can create your online venue in your spare time while you’re earning money at your “day job.”