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Can You Get Burnt Out with Online Writing?

Updated on May 26, 2011

Are you debating on whether or not writing on Hubpages is beneficial? Are you one of those writers who just enjoy writing and can get overwhelmed with the commercialization of online world? Are you burnt out on trying to make money online? When doubts creep in and you feel overwhelmed by everything, you can get to feeling a little bit like that car above.

I'm not a long-time Hubber. In fact, I have only actually been active for around five months. The idea for this particular hub came from reading a few websites and Hubpages' forum posts. I was reading back and forth between ex-hubbers and pro-hubbers. It's a bit of a scary world, that. It tired me, but it made me think.

The premise I offer is this. Think about your average favorite author. I've read many complaints against the publishing world in general. I've seen many writers burn themselves out. It can be from not being satisfied in selling their work or feeling the harsh criticism of readers and professional critics altogether. It can even be from not being satisfied with a certain publisher or platform. It can be from not making enough money like they had hoped. Writers do burn out, even being great and famous writers.

The difference is that here you write with certain mindset towards earning google revenue.  Out there, the published authors write with the mindset of creating worlds for people to enter.

What Do You Expect Out of This?

What, exactly, are you looking for here? What do you want from all of this? When I write on a public, commercial platform like Hubpages, I ask myself this: What do I offer when/if I write this? Am I really selling myself short by going through a revenue sharing site? My hope for this hub is to help sort out feelings of doubt and feeling burnt out.

Do you ever think about the following? Even a few out of these random thoughts?

  • I wanna make money, fast.
  • My hubs will never bring in enough revenue in X amount of time.
  • Hubpages and Google makes all that money, and we scrap by on pennies. They have a bad system and they are cheating us. Look at them making millions!
  • I refuse to sell out to commercialism, because there's too many advertisements and too many people wanting other people to read things that does not truly offer anything.
  • Why the heck does it have to take so long to get paid?
  • I'm going to write insane amount of drivel just to get X amount on Adsense. That's all this stupid platform is for, anyway.
  • This SEO thing is B.S. and confusing. The people who are focused on SEO tactics are just people out to get you to click on their ads and make money. They're hypocrites. Et cetera, et cetera.

If you are not yet a hubber and you've thought a few of the above, STOP . You are NOT a hubber. You will hate it. You will burn out fast. You'll have a fit before the first two months are up. Unless you get it into your head that it takes a lot of steady writing on informative, eye-catching, and in-depth things to get anywhere, then Hubpages is not for you.  Unless you realize you have to utilize a lot of resources in very smart ways, like RSS feeds and many capsules, then Hubpages won't work for you.

If you are a hubber and you've thought a few or all of the above, take a moment and see if you can play the devil's advocate to each of those questions. Consider that big companies and small people all make mistakes. Consider that every system is flawed and always evolving. If the questions persist as something you cannot deal with, then STOP . By all means, stop, quit, drop out. Only you are responsible for your choices. It should only be important to you that you think nothing else of it and move on.  It's okay, really.

What Is Really Going On Here

Let me address the above questions and then we are done with this article.

  1. Making money. It's not gonna happen immediately, unless you are expecting to make a quick $1. It takes a while. That's because your articles have to get indexed. The more your hubs are being backlinked, tracked, searched for, and has had time to mature into an article that Google will index on the first page, the more money will start building up. My experience is that my older hubs are bringing in more money, while my newer hubs are fledglings in a world of competition. Out of 29 hubs, I've made $90 off of them and the money is slowly trickling in more and more on that alone. The money you're expecting to make will come from advertisers and highest bidders.
  2. Google and Hubpages. Well, yeah, they are making tons more money than you ever will working for them. That's because the money they make not only pays their bills, it keeps the site up and running. It keeps the advertisers afloat. It helps businesses to thrive. It helps people to have articles published a solid platform that is highly indexed so that they, in turn, can also make money. Hubpages has less than 10 people working for them. They're highly successful maintaining a system that became more successful than expected. With them, it wasn't a sudden shock of money rolling in. It took a lot of brains, a lot of late nights, a lot of effort tweaking everything, a lot of research, etc. -- and then people come along expecting to roll in their success immediately as well. No, they are offering you a place to create your own success as well. You must put in a lot of effort for yourself, alone.
  3. Commercialism and SEO. The problem with this is obvious. In order to have successful hubs, there has to be some amount of commercialism. Some people have no qualms with this. Others, however, are frustrated with the amount of advertising in our world. So many ads, so many people putting out their merchandise, so many people expecting to benefit off of that. Where is the creative writing? Where are the stories? Where are informative articles that doesn't expect you to go gallivanting off on more of their links to give them more traffic or buy something from them? Here's the upside. Links can be adventurous. Readers can find more information or events provided by the advertisements. Believe me, I've been surprised into finding relevant ads that I did want to click on for more information. And I haven't actually regretted clicking on them. In fact, I bookmarked some.

So, if any of this is over your head or still makes you feel angry, then yes, some of you will get burnt out. Some of you would rather make an honest living doing something else or maybe find a serious not-so-honest get-rich-quick scheme. Some of you have a different logic, different way of doing things, like getting into creative writing that means something to you.

Hubpages is a platform that offers a few specific things.  Hubpages is open to variety of topics that you really enjoy writing about (minus a few things Google says no to).  Expecting them to be something else entirely is your problem.

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    • MPG Narratives profile image

      Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Writing for the love of it is why we do it, we love to write. Who else works for peanuts like writers? lol.

      Seriously, I've made a good living from writing and hubpages was the first place where I've been able to write what I want, when I want. I only found out about the money after writing about 10 hubs ... its really not that important.

      Thanks Sunny for a great hub, and I agree, the comments do make you feel warm and fuzzy. Cheers to everyone.

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      Sunny Robinson 7 years ago from Tennessee

      Pcunix, yet another reason why I enjoy reading your hubs. You're one of the prime examples of why people should write primarily for the joy of it.

      Back to what ladyface said: Why spend every day stressed when you only get one of each, right? :)

      This whole conversation right here makes me all warm and fuzzy inside, lol. Thank you.

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      L a d y f a c e 7 years ago from Canada

      @ Pcunix

      There are people who can make money through writing without loving to write, I feel sorry for them. Loving what you do is what is most important. If money follows, you are twice blessed.

      Well said.

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      Tony Lawrence 7 years ago from SE MA

      I have been writing on-line since 1991 and found Adsense in 2003.

      There have been times when I felt burnt out. There are times when falling revenues have frustrated me, times when I have been angered by the amount of junk that gets put out and by the deceptive SEO that supports it.

      But I keep writing because writing has nothing to do with all that other stuff. Writing is communication and all the rest is just side effects. Yes, the side effects pay a lot of bills, but I'd still be writing if I did not earn anything at all.

      There are people who can make money through writing without loving to write, I feel sorry for them. Loving what you do is what is most important. If money follows, you are twice blessed.

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      Sunny Robinson 7 years ago from Tennessee

      Jillian, you're too sweet! I'm so with you on that. Staying motivated and realizing the potential, while being realistic, is really the way to go.

      Sweetsusie, it's really hard to explain to people. At first, I had difficulty explaining it to Diane (Sogno). Sometimes, I overstress that you can make money on here! I forget to make sure to point out how hard it really is.

      I agree, I've seen those same kinds of attitude all across Hubpages. I did initially think that if I could poke myself into a good niche, I could make as much as some of these super rich Hubbers do. Maybe I can, but I'm not there yet. Patience! :)

      Thank you for commenting.

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      L a d y f a c e 7 years ago from Canada

      Sunny - Thank you! Why spend every day stressed when you only get one of each, right? :)

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      Sunny Robinson 7 years ago from Tennessee

      Ladyface, you made me think of the post I wrote in a thread the other night that nicely ties with what you said here.

      "I also love when I come across people with their own core identities that are so obvious in their writings. Their intentions are clear and their ability to write gets better every time when they focus on that."

      Your husband is so right. Also, go you for having a good time!

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      SognoPiccolo 7 years ago from Wilmington, Ohio

      omg omg omg @Jillian... thank you! You are 50 shades of fantastic yourself!

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      L a d y f a c e 7 years ago from Canada

      Great, great hub. I'm glad I found it. I started writing hubs because I love to write, and love to share things with people. I didn't even know you could make money off of it until maybe, my 3rd hub. Then, when I started to look into it more, the information and 'things to know' and 'what you *need to do' got so overwhelming it sucked all the fun right out of it. Now I'm just using some tips I've read on making your hubs better, and going from there. The feeling like I had to publish something new before midnight became exhausting on the old topic bank. So, I'm not focusing on the money. I've been here since Sept 29 and made 0.03. lol. woo! Main thing is, I'm having a good time. My husband says that will show through in the writing, as will being burnt out.

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      Sweetsusieg 7 years ago from Michigan

      Some folks just think that they can publish 1 Hub and make millions. I've seen it in the comments.

      I've tried explaining it to people in my real life, that sure I might sell an article to a magazine for $25, once one it's in it's a done deal, no more money. HubPages is different, I might not get that $25 right away but if it's good, I'll get more than the $25, over time.

      Great Hub!

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      Jillian Barclay 7 years ago from California, USA

      I discovered your hubs through Sogno and the comments you have made to her articles. Think you are both great! And your calzones are great! You and your best friend, Sogno, are so vibrant and bring so much creativity to Hubpages! This hub is awesome; you are right, pennies here and pennies there to begin with are frustrating, but always have the goal in mind! Inspiring, yet realistic! Thank you!

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      SognoPiccolo 7 years ago from Wilmington, Ohio

      It's all because I love ya babe! =) I will continue to keep you on your toes if you keep me on mine. hehe

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      Sunny Robinson 7 years ago from Tennessee

      Aww, Diane! Yes, it can be frustrating just as much as it can be fun. That's where a lot of people draw the line. You will definitely enjoy a lot of different phases as time goes on. I'm personally hoping to crank out 100 hubs.

      Also, the feeling is mutual. I'm glad I have several friends hubbing right along with me. It keeps me in the game. Thank you, love.

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      SognoPiccolo 7 years ago from Wilmington, Ohio

      For shame for you to post one and not tell me! lol... I love what you did with this here. It IS a lot of work. Being that I just started I am still in the new.. "holy crap I made a penny!" phase. I feel slightly burnt out because of topic selection sometimes, but I never really cared as much for the money to start with. Though the thrill of the chase is there... what will people want to read, what will get me going to get more traffic, what would do well for me in the long term... You keep me on my toes and wondering sometimes.. "why didn't I think of that?" But I think without your support I would have probably quit a week in because it can be frustrating sometimes. =)

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      Sunny Robinson 7 years ago from Tennessee

      I agree. I probably should have mentioned the 10c and such, too. How easy it is to get overwhelmed!

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      Susannah Birch 7 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Great hub. I personally could see from the outset why it would work and so the 10c and the 25c a month at the start didn't bother me - I just saw it as inspiration to write more.

      However it seems a lot of new hubbers get overwhelmed.