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A Full Circle Moment

Full CircleNow that I’m taking a reflective view of my online writing, I realize I am coming full circle.

When I started writing online I created a catch-all site called Tidbits & Stuff. I enjoyed playing around with the site and was thrilled to learn I could earn money doing something I enjoyed. Wanting to learn how I could potentially increase my earnings, I spent a lot of time researching. Being a newbie, I allowed myself to be lead by conventional wisdom, which advised bloggers to create niche sites. Google didn’t like multi-topic sites and it was best to find a niche and explore it.  I listened to conventional wisdom, sort of.

Instead of totally breaking up Tidbits & Stuff, I pretty much abandoned it in favor of creating niche sites. This worked pretty well. Some of the niche sites did very well while others didn’t. In the meanwhile, Tidbits & Stuff remained my faithful dumping ground for rejected articles or articles that didn’t fit any of my other niche sites.

Back to the Beginning

Having tired of the individual niche sites, I’m back to my first love and am in the process of revising Tidbits. During this revision I’m able to see my various writing phases. When I first created the site I knew little to nothing about SEO so I wrote from the heart. Articles were passionate and in depth. The more I learned about online writing, the more commercial my writing got. I employed SEO tactics and the articles got fluffier. There are several articles (way too many) that have the telltale influences of eHow.

As earnings increased on my other sites, I allowed Tidbits to sit untended and uncared for. What a shame. Tidbits was not only my first online site of substance, but it also served as my resume. Thanks to Tidbits, I was awarded several writing assignments.

Now, after a several month hiatus, I’m back where I started. Instead of managing several blogs, I’m consolidating the majority of my work in one place. Similar to NJFM, I created Tidbits because I liked to write about things I’ve learned, experienced or am passionate about. I lost my focus along the way and began chasing the money. Chasing money is the fastest road to burnout in my opinion.

Following Ye Olde GutImage by Vjeran Lisjak

Going forward I’m putting conventional wisdom aside and following my gut. I may not make much money this way, but I’ll be happy. No more jumping trough hoops in anticipation of what will make Google happy or unhappy. I’m not looking to set or follow trends. This is just one gal’s way of writing what makes her happy.  Hopefully my writings will provide useful information for others, while earning a shekel or two

The funny thing about this new revelation is since I started following my gut, my earnings have stopped freefalling (I’ll share my earnings with you as soon as I finish tracking things) and have made a U-turn.  How far in the right directions will the earnings go? I don’t know, but finding joy in writing is a reward in and of itself.


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  • Crystal December 28, 2013, 10:17 pm

    I’m so happy to hear you’re breathing new life into Tidbits – it’s where I first found you and I enjoy the variety of info there. I especially love the bit about “sometimes useless information.”

    I too am reevaluating what I’m doing with my sites and my time. I’ve dabbled some with creating niche sites but never really got the hang of it, so I guess it’s not for me and it’s time to move on. Plus, my interests are changing and I need to figure out where to go from here. I love this journey! Isn’t life grand?

    • Felicia December 29, 2013, 7:56 am

      Changing interests is exactly why Tidbits & Stuff works for me. You and I are a much alike that way (I think more folks are like us than not like us). This is a wonderful journey. Let’s see where it takes us.

      BTW, even though I haven’t commented, I have been reading your blog.

      • Crystal December 29, 2013, 6:22 pm

        Thanks for being a faithful reader, Felicia! My own mom doesn’t read my blog – how pitiful is that?

        • Felicia December 30, 2013, 8:14 am

          Don’t feel bad, Crystal. My family doesn’t read my stuff either. Every once in a while I’ll send a link or print something out that I think they should read, but in general, they don’t know what I’m writing about.

          Your comment got me to thinking. I might take all of my work and consolidate it into one book. I’ll leave it as a legacy to my kids/grandkids. That might be the only time they read my work. 😉

  • Loretta Parker-Brown December 29, 2013, 7:18 am

    Felicia, my pipe dream is to reap a financial return for every significant piece of writing that I produce, but alas, it is simply a dream. Still, that doesn’t deter me, because writing is my passion and I totally agree with you that it is “a reward in and of itself.”

    • Felicia December 29, 2013, 8:01 am

      I believe if we keep at it, things will fall into place. As I look back over my years of online writing, I’m amazed at the amount of money I made and still make. The fact that I make money doing something that I’m willing to do for free is a good feeling.

      Your writing is thought provoking and enjoyable to read. Loretta, here’s a hint: If you wrote a book, I’d buy it and recommend it to everyone I know. ‘Nuff said!

      • Loretta Parker-Brown December 30, 2013, 6:32 pm

        Thanks for the encouragement and the compliment, Felicia. Keep writing and inspiring us.

  • Deanna Lynn Sletten December 30, 2013, 9:17 pm

    Hi Felicia,

    Following your gut instinct is the smart way to go. You’ve been doing this long enough to know what path to take and I’m sure you’ll continue to succeed. Two years ago I walked away from freelancing and started following my gut instinct, and I’ve never been happier. I wish you a very happy, successful 2014. 🙂

    • Felicia December 31, 2013, 8:04 am

      Good hearing from you Deanna. I see you’ve been very busy writing books. I intend to finally finish a few books I’ve been working on after I get things online all set.

      Best wishes to you for 2014!

  • Joni December 30, 2013, 10:13 pm

    I took a look at Tidbits last week I think it was. That’s what I wanted to do in the beginning….write a blog about whatever I was thinking about at the moment. When I am able to start a blog that’s what I’m gonna do. Write from the heart and what I like and if I make money, fine; if I don’t, I don’t. I just need to get in the habit of writing at first.
    I love reading your blogs.
    God bless,

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