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MY FIRST YEAR OF EXPERIENCE IN WRITING ONLINE
I have been writing online for almost a year now.
Well 7 months to be exact
And no, I haven’t made any significant changes (yet) in my life
This is not one of those articles sharing stats and how much money they made after a year of writing.
I’m not making any decent money up until this point.
I hope it is that easy
But hey, if it’s easy, everybody will be able to do it, right?
So, what did I learn from writing for one year?
If you are just about to begin, start on a writing platform other than a blog
Owning a blog has its own merit
It is basically yours.
The downside that not many blog owner wants to tell you is that there are tons of work that you need to do to make it work
And at the beginning, the most important thing to focus on is the writing
I have learned it the hard way
As I’m working 9-5, I have roughly 1-2 hours to work on my blog which I have to divide my attention between writing, sorting out the technical part of the blog and the extra work creating the Pinterest pin, sorting out the image and the works continue
Dont get me wrong, I enjoy every single thing
But I feel if I focus on my writing at the beginning I might be able to improve my skill better
Jack of all trades master of none as they said it
I’m the jack
Focus on the writing (as many experts had advised) and learn along the way
As my focus and attention are limited, prioritized the things that matter
People dont care about you
Your opinion doesn’t matter.
Human is selfish, including you and me. What they care is about themselves.
So if our content doesn’t really help them in any way, they will not care about it
So write content that will help people back up with good sources of info.
If your writing is crap, publish it anyway
I can’t believe I procrastinate for 10 months to share my content publicly.
I keep anonymous for 10 months scared of how my friends, family strangers think about my writing
As I dont have much experience and still learning, I acknowledge the writing is quite crap.
But if I keep the crap to myself, who will point out the mistakes that I did?
Or how I can improve writing that piece of content
After a few months of hiding, I have enough of it.
If it’s crap, I want to show it anyway
Consistency is key
The advice is so cliche I want to roll my eyes out of the socket
But the advice holds true especially when we talk about writing
And this is the thing that I’m struggling
Heck, everyone is struggling with consistency
Create a pocket time of 30 minutes each day to write.
Dont chase the stats
With recent google hit, my small site with around 100 visitors per month got hit like a big tsunami
Mercilessly wipe out the traffic to close to non-existence
But instead of focusing on creating new and improved content, I spend hours on analytics checking whether the traffic is improving (it’s not)
Stop checking the damn analytics
It’ll drive you insane
And made you lose the purpose of what’s important
Only checking the analytics after posting 3 articles or only once a week
Most people dont read, they skim
No matter how good, well researched your articles are, only a few people will actually read them till the end
My article reading time is about 5-6 minutes, but on average, people are spending roughly 2 minutes in each article
The reader’s attention is precious.
And we need to capture the attention by providing concise valuable info
I still struggling with this as I tend to write in lengthy just the way I speak (I speak a lot)
And I think this requires practice to identify the important value and deliver in concisely
Dont think about monetization at the beginning
The perks of writing online that many people rave about, are how well you will get paid
And how you can earn it passively
HOW TO GET XX MONEY MONTHLY PASSIVELY AS YOUR SIDE HUSTLE IN YOUR FIRST MONTH OF BLOGGING
If you put any one of those keywords in your title, it’ll definitely get an instant click
Those words drive people to hope and desire
But hear me out, it doesn’t happen easily
There are a lot of cheap tricks out there promising the newbies like us fast, big money, but hey, the majority of this kind of post are either selling their ebook or affiliate program.
So be cautious.
Good things take time
Quality content wins every single time