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My Journey Online

Updated on October 25, 2017
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Linda is a 56-year-old woman living all of her life in the North East. She has written a book of poetry "Heartfelt Emotions."

My Journey

Years ago I got sick of working for someone else and decided to give it a go online. I have always loved to write and decided maybe I could make some money at it so I joined an online group called Triond. I wrote so many articles and so diverse from Science info to poetry, but the pay was terrible! I think I made a whole $5. in over 5 years of hard work. I would not recommend this site to anyone, not even a newbie.

Although my poetry took off and I collected so many I decided to write a book of my poems, “Heartfelt Emotions", which can still be purchased, but never took off, because I was a newbie and didn’t know how to promote my articles or my book. I guess the best thing that came out of writing the book was it became a very special keepsake for my family and friends.

Five years after I began my online presence I was still only making pennies a month and got very discouraged. I was a single mom so money was tight, and I didn’t have any extra to spend SEO in general. I did get involved a bit pinging my articles and submitting them to search engines, but that got me a few more page views but nothing more. The backside of marketing my stuff was all Greek to me and I never really understood it. I tried hard to figure it all out, but it just wasn't to be.

I got discouraged and had a lot of other things going on in my life and trying to work and raise 3 kids by myself was no easy task so I gave up the entire internet thing. I decided it was best just to concentrate on working the 9 - 5 , at least for the time begin, until last year.

My kids actually confronted me about why I gave up writing. I told them my reasoning, but my middle son didn’t buy it. He told me I needed to start writing again because I was good at it and he missed the smile it brought to my face when I published something new.

I not only enjoy writing and can sit at the computer for hours on end, but this time I wanted to monetize my stuff and promote it. I was ready to move forward and learning some more so my dream would become a reality.

It Continues

Not knowing where to begin I did some research and found Hub Pages. I decided to join under my real name and began to write. In my journey of not writing I was learning, learning how to promote myself and how to make some money in the process.

SEO is still no easy task for me but I am trying and learning. I read more and more every day about the process and I think I am beginning to understand. I refuse to give up!

I am still sick of the 9 - 5 and working in a job I hate. I am bored with it after 14 years and want to be my own boss for a change. I want to write, I want to be successful and so my journey continues.

So far I have written 20 articles on Hub pages from Too Pretty to Eat Edible Flowers, which is about eating edible flowers in your favorite recipes to Not Wanting to Know, which is about people not wanting to know about mental illness. I wrote this article because of the suicide of my son almost 4 years ago and what I encountered as a mom with the aftermath. Hub Pages didn’t even monetize this one because of the subject matter, but that’s OK with me. I proved a point, I guess that no one does want to know. The subject is raw, and if you have never experienced anyone with a mental illness, then sure you want to hide your head in the sand, and why would you care?

Never Give Up

For me it is different this time around, I like Hub Pages with it's ease, but that has it's limitations due to their rules and regulations. You must beware of what your subject matter consists of and you cannot promote your own work. That makes it hard but I will continue for a bit and see what happens. I am back to writing and for the moment that's what counts.

I do want my own website, that way the web is my own space and I can promote it the way I wish. The ads will be my choice and the rules will be my own.

So for now, things are going well. Sure I still am at my 9 m- 5 job,but my future looks bright. I have learned a lot in this journey and I know most don't ever make it. I have faith this time around so my journey continues.

© 2017 Linda L Paquette


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