Good dancers are light on their feet. They must be able to quickly and gracefully shift their weight from one foot to the other along with the music. Really good dancers have fluid hand and body movements that accompany their footwork. One thing about a good dancer is that you know one when you see one. Or maybe, the converse is even truer. You know a bad dancer when you see one.
Everyone has been to a wedding, dance or club and snickered, giggled or blatantly pointed and laughed at the clod in the middle of the dance floor imitating the Saturday Night Fever moves. With the cement shoe type movement and awkward body stance you don’t need a dictionary to know the definition of bad dancing.
What does this have to do with earning residuals through online writing? I’ll tell you. The online writing marketplace is like a club or dance. Combine the music of the online marketplace with the music of your daily life. As an online writer you’ve got to merge the two musical sources and create a fluid sustainable dance.
The Parents with Young Children Dance
Ok, every parent has been there. There’s the lack of sleep, maybe it’s colic, Junior is teething, Timmy and Sally both have fevers, she won’t take a nap, baby on the hip, I’m trying to write just one more article musical score. The music reaches the feverish pitch right about dinner time when you are exhausted and would love to prepare a balanced home-cooked meal.
The Parents with Older Active Children Dance
The kids are out of diapers and attending school so you think you’re home free. Your music is a little less rushed right? Uh, not really. There are school plays, school trips, basketball practice, soccer, football, cheerleading, 4H club, Girl Scout and Boy Scout outings, not to mention house guests and of course Fido, who is annoyed at not being invited to soccer practice, just pooped in the middle of the living room. And the chorus goes something like this: Why are the fish in my tank floating upside down and who threw the remote in the fish tank? C’mon, you know the moves to this dance.
The Parents of Teens Dance
Oh Lordy, Lordy, the parent of teen dance! The BFFs are LOLing and texting and video chatting and planning the sweet 16 party while you are the worst parent on the planet because you won’t allow your teenaged beauty to wear shorts that can double as a pin the tail on the donkey blindfold. At the same time, Mr. Invincible teen limps into the house supported by his friends after a friendly manly game of schoolyard football. And the beat goes on…
Pick your dance and now combine it with the online residual dance
The Online Residual Writing Dance
The online dance is going just fine until the NRC (new rules committee) meets and changes everything. The music that was slow steady and consistent suddenly becomes fast, choppy and annoyingly loud. eHow shuts down its Writer’s Compensation Program and eventually provides a “take it or leave it” payout option. The Panda is released which causes a hissing sound (such as the air being let out of a balloon) which is followed by a loud and deafening thud (yep, that’s your residual income being slammed to the ground).
Upon hearing the thud, nimble dancers shifted their weight to the tune of a softer more relaxing melody (aka creating their own sites). They realized they could create their own music and dance to the beat of a different drummer. So what if we eat peanut butter and jelly for dinner, a belly full is a belly full. Who cares if the remote control never works again, we watch too much TV anyway, and for those shorts that can double as a band aid…oops, somehow they got caught in the paper shredder.
The online music in my head is smooth, soft and soothing. Why? Because I’m dancing to my own beat. What does your music sound like?