Top Ten Fringe Benefits of Writing Online
I've been writing online for a few months now. It started as a way to try to make extra money, but it has turned into a fun hobby too. I've been doing a lot of reading on the industry and exploring what works and what doesn't for me. I'm starting to get the hang of things and have made a few bucks. I'm not rich yet, but every dollar helps.
The one thing that surprised about writing online is all the fringe benefits. The money has only been a small piece of what I've gained on my online journey.
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10. My typing speed has increased
My typing speed has increased dramatically. I guess what they say about practise makes perfect is true.
9. I haven't turned the TV on in a while
My TV watching time is down to 2 to 3 hours a week. I wouldn't even get that much viewing in if we didn't put the TV on sleep timer when we go to bed. My free time is spent writing now. I don't think this is a time exchange that I'll ever regret.
8. I've picked up HTML
I've always wanted to learn how to build webpages. I've picked up basic HTML writing articles online. It's handy just to know how to make a link look cleaner in an email.
7. I read a lot more
I never was much into reading. I find myself reading a lot more because there are so many interesting articles that catch my eye on Hubpages and Squidoo.
6. My writing speed has improved
I not only type faster, I write faster. I don't find myself pausing, trying to think of what to type next. Whether it is an email at work or an article online, writing is becoming easier for me.
5. I've learned to be a better price shopper
I wrote a review on a spot scrubber I bought and loved. I went to add the Amazon module. My jaw dropped. The item was $15 cheaper on Amazon and qualified for free shipping. I learned to check the price online for stuff I can wait a few days to get.
4. Thanks, Great Job!
Thanks, Great Job! I replied to an email letting me know that a task I asked a coworker to do was complete. I work in an industrial culture where thanking someone for doing their job isn't standard. (Thanks is your pay check.) Where was this coming from all of a sudden. Then I realized it, it sounded like something I would type when commenting on someone's page. Writing online is making me politer in emails. As a result, my work seems to be getting higher priority among my coworkers.
3. Writing is an emotional outlet
I am a Penn State grad. The Jerry Sandusky abuse scandal was hard for me to handle. Writing an article on why Joe had to go helped me get my feelings off my chest.
2. Apply SEO to Everything
Learning search engine optimization (SEO) isn't just for writing articles online. I've found applying SEO to eBay titles helps generate more sales. I've even gone as far as to apply it to Craigslist ads. What I call a truck others may call a pickup. It pays to make sure both words are in the ad title.
1. I am starting to build webpages for others
I am tackling my first webpage project. I offered to build a page for a friend who has a small business. I'm doing it for free but it'll be a great start to my portfolio. If I didn't start writing online, I would never have gained the skills or confidence to try building webpages.