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Sometimes It’s Not about Money

MoneyI 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.Clear Pool Water

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.”

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  • kidgas May 31, 2011, 7:28 am

    For most of us, blogging can’t be about the money cause there just isn’t enough of it to make it worthwhile. I am making about $40 per month now if I am lucky so to devote several hours of potential sleep each week to writing posts and commenting is not worth the monetary results. Is it about ego? Could be. It would be nice to have people respect your work. For me, I enjoy sharing what I know as well as learning from others. I think it will help keep my mind sharp as I age. Blogging is fun and a challenge all at the same time.

    • Felicia May 31, 2011, 8:04 am

      LOL, you’re right. If I had started blogging with the intent of making money I probably would have quit a long time ago. It is fun and, as you mentioned, is helping to keep my mind sharp (I think). 😉

  • Crystal May 31, 2011, 8:55 am

    Great post, Felicia – I’ve actually got a couple of blogs set to private just to keep track of info. I rarely look at them but the info is where I can find it – if I remember I have the blogs!

    Your swimming pool blog is giving me ideas now that I’m in total house painting mode. We’ve learned a lot about screening tenants and basic rental maintenance over the past decade that would be useful to budding small-scale DIY landlords. Maybe another summer project for me?

    • Felicia May 31, 2011, 9:23 am

      Absolutely, Crystal! Go for it. It also sounds like it could be a real money maker. It’s in the right niche.

  • Loretta May 31, 2011, 12:30 pm

    Another excellent post, Felicia. You are definitely the “go to” person for ideas. Thank you.

  • Deb May 31, 2011, 1:08 pm

    Felicia,
    I’m experiencing exactly what you’re describing right now. I’ve finally gotten a website up and going. The last year of trying to figure out what I really want to do with online content writing, Internet marketing and writing for income is coming together.

    But how to keep up with it all. I’ve learned so much, but all these papers, notes to myself, and how to keep up with it all is driving me nuts. I need to finally start that blog central just for the things I’ve learned and weeded through on this journey.

    I enjoy your articles immensely.

    Deb

  • Master Dayton May 31, 2011, 6:51 pm

    I definitely appreciate that perspective, and some sites I do are mostly for the money, some are passion, and the ideal is when I can find a site that works as both. One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about my own writing blog is just hearing from a lot of people who I convinced to give the online writing thing a try and how when friends want to know how to get started I can just point them to a post or two – and those long posts have plenty of details I can’t keep in my head so it works out great as a giant online post it note 🙂

  • Maria (WriterGig) June 1, 2011, 7:41 am

    Yes, it’s like the successful bloggers in that article you posted over Memorial Day weekend said — you better pick a topic you love, because there is typically very little money in blogging when you first get started — and sometimes, some blogs never make money.

    I’m about to write a few articles for a new nonprofit magazine on a topic I really love and is part of my daily life. There’s no money in it, but that’s not the point!

  • Alina Bradford June 2, 2011, 3:23 pm

    That’s how I started. I just wrote for the love of writing. Eventually, I figured out ways to get paid for it. 🙂

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