Tracking My Progress: Week 7 – Becoming a Fulltime Writer


Well, would you look at this; Andre’s back to his blogging ways. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Well, if you follow my blog, you know that my girlfriend moved in from Sweden last week. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t soaking in every single moment possible. As a result, I stopped blogging as consistently.

But I’m back, baby!

Okay, first let me say that I didn’t do much to make progress toward my goals last week. Life gets in the way sometimes, right? But those are the things that make life worth living. Trying to make money is just a false necessity.

But I digress.

So let me tell you what I decided. I’m going to do everything I can to become a fulltime writer. It’s time to really test my mettle and create the life I’ve wanted for so long. My girlfriend being here is a hell of a motivation, for sure.

Let’s get into it, shall we?

So if you remember, I make about $47 a day from my part time gig. That’s not that much. Sure, that’s across seven days and I’m not counting any overtime, but you can see that’s not a ton of money. The rest of my cash is made in writing gigs.

I haven’t hit $100 a day yet. But what if I instead focus on increasing my current writing so I can cover $47 a day? I just thought of that while writing this.

Yes, folks, this is how I write. Total stream of consciousness.

I finally signed up for Scripted so I can start knocking out jobs. Some of these pay decently enough for me to reach my goal. I’m going to start on this as soon as I’m approved to write.

I applied to write for htpc Beginner as well. My articles do, of course, have to be approved. As such, I’m going to spend some time today searching the site and seeing what they don’t have. If at all possible I want to see which of their pages gets the highest hits. Is there a quick way to do that?

If anyone knows, let me know. Otherwise, I’ve got my buddy, Google, to help me out.

I love you, Google. Even when you punch my blog in the stomach.

There are a few other smaller gigs I have, but there’s no need to go into detail for those. Also, I’m not counting any work I do with TripleCurve as that money was more for the $100 goal, not this new $47 income replacement goal.

I think I fell into the same trap into which many writers fall when they try to acquire gigs: I sold myself short. There are higher paying gigs out there, but without a modicum of hustle, I’m never going to get there. I have to commit to this hardcore.

This also means a change to the way I’m going to push this blog.

Right now, I shoot links out to Facebook, Twitter and Google+ every time I publish a new post. I want to try something out. It’s a theory I have.

Some people who go to my blog check out more than one post. Other people only view the one I advertised. I’m going to throw in a few mini posts and not blast them on social media. I want to see how well they do. The reason for this is I want to increase my content, but I don’t want to alienate my audiences. Many of these people were following me before I began this blog so it’d be stupid to kill them with links like I’m some robot.

This tactic will also allow me to vary how I advertise. I need to figure out what tiles grab people’s attention more than others. My blog is a mix of subjects so I need to figure out if it’s worth it for me to keep this all under one blog or split topics into more focused blogs. Maybe that’ll result in more focused audiences.

We’ll see.

At the end of the day, I’m just trying to make a living doing what I love. I’m only being open about all of this because I know many other people share the same dream. Go for it.

Do it.


I’m waiting…

Well, whenever you decide to make that amazingly scary jump into working independently, let me know how I can help. I’m learning along the way so maybe you can take something from my successes and failures. After all, if a number of people have the same dream, why can’t they achieve it together?

Peace out, party people.

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