Writing for the web can be fun and cal also be very frustrating. I first started out with my own blog, I would do weekly updates on celebrities and events and whatnot. Sometimes I’d do interviews with different people on different subjects. I’ve learned a lot from writing over the course of the years, a good bit of the time, I wasn’t getting paid. I could never understand Google Adsense and thought I’d never get it. I almost gave up, but being a single mother, I couldn’t quit. Here’s what I learned from writing for the web.
- It’s NOT easy: Unless you can sit in front of the computer and write for 3-4 hours straight without any struggle, it’s going to frustrate you and make you feel like throwing in the towel. You don’t just wake up one day, sit in front of your computer, start writing, and automatically have money coming in left and right. It takes years to build your website or blog to that point. But you can’t give up! It’s worth the angered sighs and slight headaches. Do some research on Google adsense and think about signing up. It does work and I know a lot of people who have gotten checks from them. I, simply, never gave it a chance but might attempt again later.
- Time: Not only does it take patience, but it takes time to get good at writing for the web. It’s constantly changing and revolving. And you’ll be shocked to find that it may take you up to a year to get a good amount of money from writing.
- Confidence: As with anything you write on the web, people are going to have something to say about it. Some comments may be mean and down right nasty, while some are okay, if not decent. Writing for the web, I’ve been attacked and called names and have felt like it wasn’t worth it. But there are a Lew as going to be people out there who don’t like you or disagree with you. And it’s okay to feel bad at first, but the way I look at it? They are just people who have too much time on their hands. You are the one, making money while writing for the web (something you might actually enjoy), not them.
- Enjoyment: Now matter how much you are working, don’t forget to have fun, I’ve spent so many years writing and dreading it, that I actually abandoned my blog and a lot of my readers. It;s important to apply yourself when working, but don’t do it to the point where you are dreading opening your laptop and relaxing in front of it. You should never do something you don’t enjoy doing, whether that’s working from home or actually going out to work. But sadly, a lot of people have jobs they don’t enjoy. I’ve also learned not to be so hard on myself and not to overwork myself, which I tend to do a lot of.
Working for the web is hard and I have learned that I’m going to have my ups and downs with it. But it’s also very much worth it. I get to stay home and watch my son grow up and I never miss a thing. I set my own hours and I don’t have to answer to a boss I don’t like. I’m glad I work for the web and I wouldn’t change anything about it. If you work for the web or are thinking about doing so, always remember to just keep swimming! I promise in the end, it will be worth all the struggles and heartache you went through. Nothing happens over night.