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My Summer of Writing

Updated on April 17, 2015

A 10 Week Experiment


This summer (2013) I am going to embark on a new chapter in my life. I am going to attempt to write as a full time professional writer. It will be an experiment to see whether or not I can quit my "day job" and write full time. I have wanted to be a full time writer for quite some time, but have never been brave enough, or financially secure enough to take the leap. As the saying goes,"There's no time like the present..." And so the present is now. I am a substitute teacher during the school year, and the school year ended yesterday in my part of the world. And so I find myself, on a Saturday morning, gearing up for Monday...my first day of working as a full time writer. Am I excited? Oh yeah, but with the excitement comes a bit of anxiety. What if I can't make it as a writer? What if I don't make enough money? What if...??? Life is full of what ifs, but I know I need to make the leap now in order to find out for sure if I will be able to follow my dream. I will be adding to this article each week in terms of statistics on the graph, so those of you who want to follow along, or find this article in a few months, will be able to see my progress. And the fact that I will continue to update this will add to my incentive to do well. After all, I don't want to fail at this in my own eyes, or in the eyes of anyone else out there in the world who happens to read this.

Me at my computer, writing away and following my dream of being a professional writer.
Me at my computer, writing away and following my dream of being a professional writer. | Source

My Goals

My goals for this project are fairly simple and include

1) Have a regular writing schedule each day which will include writing for HubPages, Textbroker, and my blog, secondmarriageromance. I would like to add one more website to write for but at this point am still doing research into which one will bring the most monetary value. I will also continue working on separate articles which I will submit to magazines for publication.

2) Write 7 hours per weekday, which will include four hours in the morning, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and three hours at night, from 8:00 p.m. till 11:00p.m.. I will take time in between for lunch, a workout, and to spend time with my husband. It will also include 3 hours on Saturdays, for a total of 38 hours per week. Sundays will either be a day to rest and rejuvenate my brain, or make up for any hours I missed during the week.

3) The 10 weeks that this will include start on Monday, June 24th and will run through Sunday, September 1st.

4) The monetary goal to start is $125 each week. If at the end of the 10 weeks I have reached this financial goal, and earned $1250 from writing, I will set a new monetary goal for the future. The new goal will include an increase in my monthly writing income. I will update a chart on my earnings each week on Mondays after the stats from HubPages are computed.


I love this computer armoire because I can write in my own little "office" by opening up the cupboard doors and writing away. When I am done I can leave my computer, notes, my glasses, all where they are, shut the doors and the room looks neat.
I love this computer armoire because I can write in my own little "office" by opening up the cupboard doors and writing away. When I am done I can leave my computer, notes, my glasses, all where they are, shut the doors and the room looks neat. | Source

A Place to Write

Although I have been doing a lot of writing already to this point, I spend most of my time at the dining room table. My husband works from home and uses the table as an office so I have joined him there. But to really concentrate on my writing, I know I need a special "office" where I can be secluded from the rest of the world to truly concentrate. A few years ago I bought this computer armoire and love the environment it provides to to work by. On Monday morning I will be writing from this "desk" and that way when I leave the office area, I can put my writing aside for a bit and enjoy life aside from my work.

Here's a short video about prioritizing your time as a writer

Setting Priorities

I know myself well enough to know that setting priorities may is hard for me. I am one that loves to procrastinate and I am fairly sure that will carry into my writing career. I love to write for HubPages because the HubPages website gives me the creativity and freedom to write about whatever I choose. But I know that there are other websites that I could write for on a daily basis and make more money each day, such as Textbroker. Textbroker is a site that pays for writing copy. People who are willing to pay writers to write articles for them post their topics on the website and freelance writers go to the site and choose what they want. That limits the topics I can write about as I have to choose from the topics that available that day. But there is a definite amount of money that I will be paid for each article, and right now that's a guaranteed amount of income I can count on. So I will have to force myself to stick with the writing copy on a daily basis in order to get paid what I need to, and then write on my blog and for HubPages as a secondary priority.

The end of ten weeks will determine the direction my writing career takes. I am excited to start my journey as a professional writer.

One of the things I love about a writing career is the flexibility of where one can work. Here I am at work on an article on the Promenade Deck of a cruise ship!
One of the things I love about a writing career is the flexibility of where one can work. Here I am at work on an article on the Promenade Deck of a cruise ship! | Source

Writer's Poll

If you're a writer, for fun or for profit, do you have set hours that you write?

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If you are a writer, for fun or as a professional, please take the poll on the right to help determine how many writers actually set up a writing schedule. I do understand that a schedule may not work for everyone.

Here's my "office" that I wrote from in a hotel in Amsterdam when I accompanied my husband on a business trip last Fall.
Here's my "office" that I wrote from in a hotel in Amsterdam when I accompanied my husband on a business trip last Fall. | Source

Updates on My Accomplishments During My Summer of Writing

Week
# of Hours Worked
Number of Websites I Wrote For
New Income Streams Added
Number of Hubs Written
Number of Blog Posts Written
Income Earned This Week
Total Income to Date
6/24/13 - 6/30/13
38.5
5
2 Webanswers and a new blog
6
8
$20.06
$20.06
7/1/13 - 7/7/13
15.50
5
0
1
5
$9.31
$29.37
7/8/13 - 7/14/13
38
5
0
1
5
$36.64
$66.01
7/15/13 - 7/21/13
24.5
5
0
2
1
$18.85
$84.86
7/22/13 - 7/28/13
26
4
0
0
4
$15.77
$100.63
7/29/13 - 8/4/13
16
4
0
2
1
$ 14.97
$115.60
8/5/13 - 8/11/13
26
4
0
2
2
$17.35
$132.95
8/12/13 - 8/18/13
22
5
1 Bubblews
1
2
$11.78
$144.73
8/19/13 - 8/25/13
7
2
0
0
0
$24.90
$169.63
8/26/13 - 9/1/13
12
2
0
0
0
$39.18
$208.81
My Summer of Writing Weekly Statistics

Weekly Update


Each week during this experiment I will be writing comments to go along with the above table and let readers know more about how the week went.

Week 1 6/24/13 - 6/30/13

As you can see from the table above, I failed miserably at meeting my financial goals for the week. But, I have learned a lot and expanded my horizons so that in itself is worthy of something, although it hasn't yet brought in a monetary value. I have learned that before starting this, I really should have looked into other sources off writing income and added them to my platform. I have learned about a new website and added it to my platform of writing. I wasn't able to monetize it during my first week. I have added a new blog to go along with this experiment so anyone wanting to can follow along with my progress there ( see link below for A Season of Writing). I have learned that at least for right now, writing copy at places such as textbroker brings in more immediate money than writing hubs. And that I will have to buckle down and do more of that if I want to earn the money I need. I did gain 15 new followers this week after writing a hub about What is Success on Hubpages so that made me very happy! And I have learned how to be flexible with my writing times so I can still get in the proper number of hours, just maybe not following the schedule I have laid out. It has been a good week, but not up to my monetary expectations...yet. I am working on it.

Week 2 7/1/2013 - 7/7/2013

We had made plans to go away for 4 days to Tanglewood in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. I had forgotten about this when I made plans to make this goal. I started out trying to write just as much as I would have at home, but it really was hard to do when my husband wanted me to spend time with him relaxing and enjoying the mountains and the classical music. So I put my priorities as a writer on the back burner for 4 days of this week, and did a little bit here and there, and put my priorities as a wife to the forefront. That meant less writing but a happier husband and in the long run a happier wife ( me!) I only made about half what I earned last week, but I feel refreshed and ready to get back to writing, with a couple of good ideas for new hubs after my experience in the mountains. I am very happy with my new blog and I hope anyone who is following along is enjoying it. Billybuc wrote a hub about making time to write, and his idea of using an actual written schedule is a really good one for me. I have ADD and without a written down plan, tend to hop all over the place and get nothing done. So, I am looking forward to accomplishing a lot more this coming week.

Week 5: 7/29/13 - 8/4/13

This week was quite tough on me emotionally because two people that I knew died unexpectedly. Between that and bringing my kids to appointments, I was not on my regular writing schedule. I am disappointed that the articles on Textbroker are drying up also. I can rarely even find anything I can write about these days and as you can see it has really decreased my earnings. I am totally enjoying Webanswers though and I am shocked at how much money I am earning in "estimated earnings" on Google Adsense just from the WebAnswers site. The actual total is not due in until August 7th ( tomorrow) so I don't know how accurate my estimated earnings are. But if they are anything like what they are estimating, I will be spending a lot more time there in the future. I hadn't realized I had neglected my blogs this week until I just looked up the statistics so I know I need to get moving on them. And August 1st started my second go-round this summer on the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge and I am doing it with chrisinhawaii. So far, he's doing better than I am, but I will catch up. I am hoping for a very productive week this week. I only have 4 weeks left as I am on my second half of the experiment so I need to get moving to make this at least worthwhile.

Week 8 8/12/13 - 8/18/13

This was a hard week for me to concentrate on writing daily because 2 of the week days, that I would normally spend 6 - 8 hours on writing, I had to bring 2 of my children to medical and school appointments. It was frustrating but needed to be done. And of course I do want to be available for my children. Also this week my income dropped way down due to a glitch with Google Adsense and WebAnswers. Four days during this week there were no ads at all on the WebAnswers site and therefore also no earnings. My earnings were pitiful due to that.


Week 9 8/19/13 - 8/25/13


Whoo hoo...my income jumped back up this week with the glitch on WebAnswers fixed. My earnings were sky high for a few days but toward the end of the week, started to settle down and go back to more realistic earnings. But I was extremely relieved to see these ads back. I was also surprised that I did so well this week because I actually had almost no time to write because I accepted a one week job as a substitute nanny for 4 month old twins. Whew...that was a tough one but since I wasn't earning the money I expected from writing, I needed to make some accommodations to earn. In spite of that, I did do some writing on Bubblews and WebAnswers and still earned money even though I was exhausted and only put in bout 1 hour per night.


Wrap Up

Well, the end result of my summer of writing was not a good one financially. Turns out that in the end, instead of earning $1,250 as was my original goal, I only earned a whopping total of $199. 81. That was from writing at:

HubPages

2 Blogs

TextBroker

WebAnswers

Bubblews

I am a bit discouraged by those amounts. But what I lacked financially in earnings, I gained in knowledge. I found two new websites over the summer that have brought in the bulk of earnings and that is quite exciting. My first week of the experiment I started on WebAnswers and now that is my largest source of online income. Writers are paid when they answer questions and the more questions they answer well, the better their earnings. I have seen my earnings increase monthly from this one website and am having a ball earning money with WebAnswers. My second site that I found was Bubblews. Although initially reluctant to waste my time on there due to many reports that people were not getting their money, I decided to give it a try to am hooked. It took 29 days to reach my first $25 payout, but I did reach it and I did get paid so I am happily bubbling away!


My Summer of Writing was a fun experiment. It led me to find new sources of income online, and also helped me develop an offline writing job, which will lead to more because I am being recommended to other agencies through this first source. I am well on my way to becoming a freelance writer who earns a living at her craft and I am very excited about what the future holds for me.


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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Once we set our mind to something chances are it will be successful. Best of luck with your plan. Be sure and include spending some time in the sunshine :)

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Oh this is awesome. I will be cheering you on.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      Thank you, thank you. I will need it! :0)

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Sunshine625,

      Thanks for commenting. I'm not sure I can reach the financial goal I have set for myself, but I do know that I can write my heart out this summer...and don't worry, I will spend a little time in the sun as well.

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      Faythe F. 3 years ago from USA

      Sounds like a good plan to me..I will be following along..And wish you all the best in your success.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      faythef,

      Thanks so much for your good wishes. I will try to make you proud!

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Karen

      That is a really good challenge, I am looking forward to see how you will get on! I am particularly looking forward to the statistics, I will be checking back every week.

      I would like to wish you the best for your plan, I am sure you will be very successful!

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      susi10,

      Thanks so much for your encouragement. I am looking forward to seeing the statistics as well! Obviously there's nothing to report yet, but I will make sure to add the stats to the hub each week.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      You make this look easy, Karen! : ) Cool looking armoire! I wish you the very best and lots of success in your projected mission. Keep us posted on how it goes!

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      hawaiianodysseus,

      Thanks, although I am not thinking it's going to be that easy! Yes, I love the armoire too. It somehow speaks to me and beckons me to sit down inside its cupboard doors and be inspired! You know I will keep you posted!

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      Matt Doran 3 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Best of luck to you Karen! I've only recently started writing online and I'm making all the usual rookie mistakes but it's fun to learn and evolve. You have a really engaging style and I'm sure you''l do well. Matt

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Iammattdoran,

      Well, thanks so much for your kind words. Good luck to you as well. HubPages is a great place to write because the community is so warm and supportive. Do you write on any other sites online besides HubPages?

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I am so excited for you, Karen! It's great that since you are a substitute teacher, this is the time of year you would normally have off. So you don't have to quit a job to try this out.

      I am going to keep "following" this, so I can see your updates. I am very interested in seeing how this works out for you.

      Good luck, Karen! Although in reality, if you succeed it won't really be from "luck", it will be a result of your hard work and dedication. But anyway, I wish you well.

      I want to get more serious about writing, and see if it will bring in more income. Right now I have a part-time job, and I feel like I could be doing much more. So in the future I may write an article with a similar goal as yours!

      Have a wonderful weekend, and I hope your recovery is going well.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      I wish you must success in your new venture. You've got a great strategy - writing on Textbroker will bring in some immediate income, and writing here on HubPages will get you set up for residual income.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Millionaire Tips,

      Thanks for your comments. I am actually looking for at least one other site to write for because I am not on the highest level at Textbroker which limits the amount of articles I can write. And while I love HubPages, I am not up to the level there where I can earn my goal of $125 per week! I'm looking into webanswers and a few others.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Thanks. My recovery is going much better than in the beginning of the week. Thanks for the good wishes on that. If you have a part time job, you could easily make out a writing schedule for the days you don't work, or the time of the day where you aren't working, if you work all mornings or all afternoons. I will try to have a successful summer to give you encouragement in getting more serious with writing. I hope I will show you that it CAN be done!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I love your office set-up. Hope your goals are reached, they are ones that I believe are going to give you the boost you need to write with success. Go get em!

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      Asim 3 years ago

      You have most awesome will power ever if you're taking this risk. Wow a sincere best of luck to you and happy writing :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Writing professionally take a lot of work. I'm still looking to find a site where I can write articles for others and get paid per article. Otherwise I really enjoy writing poetry on here and on my poetry blog and I'm also currently trying to come up with more ideas for my other blog which I need more inspiration for. Wish you luck on your writing endeavors. Passing this on.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Gypsy Rose Lee,

      Thanks for the encouragement. Have you tried Textbroker? That's been the best source of ongoing money for me so far, but I'm not on a really high level there so I have to write a LOT! Good luck to you too.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Asim,

      Thank you. It's a risk worth taking at this point. I am never going to know if I can do this writing thing full time unless I bite the bullet and take a chance on it.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      teaches12345,

      Thanks. I love it too. It inspires me to write. Thanks for your encouraging words.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      I have updated this hub after the results of my first week are in. It's pretty depressing...but there's nowhere to go from her but up!!! I will be updating the statistics each week. I also have a blog that you can follow along more closely if you are interested. See link above A Season of Writing.

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Karen Hellier,

      Wonderful blog.

      Now, now, don't be so hard on yourself. You are doing your best and you know life gets in the way.

      Have you tried Bubblews? rajan jolly and supermom_in ny did hubs on that. You might want to check out a hub or both and see what they say. (bubblews goes by characters, not words and you may just want to read about it.)

      Takes time. You are doing great for just starting. It will all work out.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen, it must be discouraging, but it's a start! At least you have quite a bit of time left. Good luck! I'm going to check out your blog now. Have a wonderful 4th of July!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      It's me again! I read every post on your new blog. I like hearing about your progress, and what you do to try to earn money, and even about your obstacles. Someday I want to get more serious about writing (probably only part-time, though), and hearing about your experiences is a great help. I already know that it would be hard to keep a schedule, because life gets in the way. I have trouble on my days off from work, when I want to be productive. Good luck, Karen, and I will be watching your progress!

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Thanks for reading the blog. It is truly a labor of love to try this writing full time. I will say that the blog is now keeping me accountable. I don't waqnt to disappoint myself or the people that read the blog so each week I am going to try and improve my earnings...partially so I don't embarrass myself too much! Not sure how I am going to do that since we are going away. But I will do my best with what time I do have. Thanks for reading both the update and the blog.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      Well, I didn't expect life to get in the way. I thought I would just write away during my 7 hours a day, by the schedule I had set up for myself. Silly me I guess! Unfortunately I did too much yesterday and the surgery site is quite achy. The doctor suggested I keep a heating pad on it...not very conducive to sittting at a desk and writing so I am now limited to sitting on the bed near an outlet so I can have the heating pad and the computer plugged into the same outlet. The heat does make it feel better though. And I am glad I can write from here too.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      When I first posted my results, the Ebay stats weren't totally in yet. They are now and so I have made an extra 50 cents for a total of $20.06 in my first week of writing full time. Hmmm, so far I am not quitting my "day job." :0)

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      For anyone who is interested, I have updated my statistics for the second week of my summer of writing. I added numbers to the table, but also a synopsis of the week underneath. Thanks for reading.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Making that much for less than half of the amount of time isn't too bad! Sometimes it is best to put other priorities first, and we don't always know what a week is going to hold. Good luck on your next week! I look forward to hearing about it. Have a good night.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Kathryn. I looking forward to seeing the results each week as well!

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Karen,

      That is pretty good for a holiday mixed into that week.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      WND,

      Well, it's not all that far behind my first week, BUT I can't support myself on it!!! LOL! Thanks for the encouragement.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      I updated my statistics on the above chart. It's an improvement but not what I want to see yet. But I'm still having fun!!!

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Karen,

      That is wonderful. It's on the climb up. Glad to hear you are still having fun.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      It's good that you're having fun, and that your earnings are going up. I'm sure it will keep on going up as the weeks progress.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Thanks. I need to keep working on Textbroker in order for those earnings to keep going up. Right now though, I am impressed with Webanswers. I'm earning more with Google Adsense there from answering questions than I am from my blog or from HubPages' Google Adsense earnings. I'm quite surprised but happy!

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      Yes, I am but the number of hubs I am writing is going down as I have to write more for Textbroker. Oh well...guess I can't have everything! Thanks for stopping by!

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      chrisinhawaii 3 years ago

      Good luck, Karen! I'm looking forward to seeing this week's results.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      chrisinhawaii,

      Well, don't get your hope high! Haven't had time to do much on Textbroker and that's where most of my money has been coming from. I am just telling myself to calm down and that tomorrow is a new week. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Best of luck with your summer of writing! I guess it's kind of what I'm trying this summer, too, though I hadn't thought to give it a cool name or anything. Enjoy!

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Natashalh,

      Well, good luck to you too. I am disappointed with my financial lack of success, but am enjoying my summer and the writing opportunity has been great. I want to keep it up as much as possible throughout the rest of the year.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, that was a discouraging week. My earnings are down again, but mostly because there was not much available to me through Textbroker. I was offered the opportunity to take a class called, "Textbroker University" and that is supposed to help me reach the next level so I can earn more and have more articles available. I am hoping that works because this is too depressing! I have been answering a lot of questions on WebAnswers though and I see my income increasing over there, but I don't have it listed on the chart as a separate entity. I hadn't realized my lack of blogging entries till I updated this. oops...better get cracking on those blogs. I enjoy them too. I'm not sure why I haven't been blogging this week. The good news it's a brand new week so I can start fresh!

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Karen,

      It will get better. I imagine online work will have its ups and downs like every day life.

      I love your attitude- in your last line.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      Thanks. I totaled up my earnings for the year today and it ain't pretty. I would hate to see what it boils down to in terms of hourly earnings..yikes! But I am having fun at least!

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Well, I just added my earnings up for the week and added it to the chart above. Again it's bleak but there was hardly anything available at Textbroker and it clearly shows for me financially. BUT I am having a lot of fun with Webanswers and my earnings are really improving on Google Adsense because of it. Now those are my estimated earnings so I don't know exactly what it will come out to when all is said and done and my total is added to my Google Adsense account for July. But it's looking pretty good to me. My goal is to reach payout with Google Adsense by the end of August. Since I haven't had a payout from Google Adsense since June, 2012, that would really be something to celebrate. Eventually I would love to get a monthly check from Google Adsense and I think Webanswers is the right path to take for that.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I think I am going to sign up with Webanswers soon. I am looking for a new job, but I also want some more supplemental income. I will be moving out on my own within a few months, so any way to earn extra will be very helpful.

      I'm glad you're earning some money every week, even if it is not as much as you were hoping. You're making progress!

      Have a wonderful day, and thanks for updating us on your progress.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      I just totaled my earnings for the 1/2 way mark of my summer of writing and it came to $100.63. My goal at this point was $625. Hmmm, something tells me I am not going to reach my final goal of $1,250. But I am looking forward to seeing the final result.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Whhhat? I am sorry to hear you are moving out on your own. I do think Webanswers is a good place to earn money through Google Adsense though. Good luck.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      It is discouraging that it's less than you thought, but I'm sure you had no way of knowing that (at least in the beginning) it would be slow-going. Good luck on your last several weeks, though!

      Thanks, Karen. I'm glad you're sharing information about how to earn extra money, even if it isn't enough to live on by itself.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      I am learning a lot about myself though. I am learning that I just really struggle with copy writing on sites like Textbroker where I don't have creative control over what I write and have to write within others parameters. I have had to force myself to go there and write only because that's where I see the most immediate money. The money earn from HubPages articles I write will be residual earnings so it will take time to add up. I think I am going to take a lesson from Billybuc and start trying to send queries into magazines. That will end up producing more income IF I can get some things published.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      That is the way to go! Good luck. It may not be instant gratification, but I think you will eventually make more progress that way.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Yes, I think I will concentrate on doing that, continue to write for HubPages, and continue with Webanswers and also my blogs. I am seeing an upturn in earnings from Google Adsense this summer and that's probably because I am concentrating a lot of my sites that earn money from there.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      I have just updated my stats, and also did a paragraph about my week at the bottom of the hub. I am disappointed in my earnings...actually beyond disappointed and think I really need to follow Billybuc's advice and query some magazine articles. I think that's a better way to go, but I am still plugging away at HubPages, and Webanswers is looking better all the time. I am disappointed in the drop in available articles at Textbroker. And I am not the only one that has noticed.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That is disappointing, but I think Bill's suggestion will be better in the long term. On the bright side, at least this is not your only livelihood, and it's only an experiment. But since you would like to do this full time, that isn't much of a consolation :(

      I'm sorry you have had two people you knew die recently. That is rough.

      Good luck on the second half of your Summer of Writing, and with getting caught up on the Challenge. Have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      chrisinhawaii 3 years ago

      Sorry to hear about your loss. That can definitely take its toll.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Chrisinhawaii,

      Thanks. I wasn't super close to them but one was a 23 year old and I grew up with his mom so that was tough. Thanks.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      You hit the nail right on the head...at least it's not my only livelihood...but unfortunately for me, I want it to be! Thanks for the words of consolation.

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Karen,

      So sorry to read about your losses.

      Keep cracking at the writing. You will find that something more and you may get to do this full time yet. If not now, why not, mid semester and you could just quit that!

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      Yes, you are right. I had thought of that myself. Thanks for the encouragement.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      I just updated my statistics/earnings for My Summer of Writing. Textbroker has all but dried up which is why my earnings are so much lower than I had hoped. But the good news is that I found an article today that I can write there...yay! I am hoping that things will pick up there as well. Always the eternal optimist! And I am loving WebAnsers and finding that I am earning well on that site through Google Adsense. I should be able to make payout at the end of August because of WebAnswers, and I haven't had payment from them in over a year so I am happy to at least have found WebAnswers this summer if nothing else. But I still have three hopefully very productive weeks to go! I can't wait to get to the end of the summer and look back to see what I have accomplished. Although I may be disappointed in the lack of earnings, I think I will be surprised at my growth as a writer. Time will tell...

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen, I look forward to seeing how you do once the Summer is over, but like you said, you have grown as a writer! If you hadn't done this, you probably wouldn't have learned so much, and made so much progress.

      I keep thinking of checking WebAnswers out. It sounds like a great place to earn a little extra money over time.

      Good luck!

      ~ Kathryn

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Karen,

      Textbroker must go through ups and downs, you think? Maybe it will get back on the up soon.

      Glad to hear WebAnswers is working well for you.

      We know your aren't a quitter, just keep plugging away. Your dream of working at home will appear someday.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      I never knew it to go through these ups and downs. I did look today though and although I saw over 2000 articles available in my level, they required a lot of research so I instead found an article in the one group I am in and will write that instead. It's a miracle to have found something over there! In the meantime I spent some time having fun answering questions on Webanswers.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Thnaks...me too. If you do check out Webanswers, please check it out through my link above in this article. I was able to find an article on Textbroker today...yippee!

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      I have just updated my statistics for the past two weeks in the chart above and also added comments about the last 2 weeks. I am sad that I only have one week left in my summer of writing. I have enjoyed it immensely. I loved getting up each morning knowing that I had a whole day ahead of me to write. Well, I will make the best of it that I can and can't wait to see the end results.

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      chrisinhawaii 3 years ago

      Good job, Karen! I stopped by this hub earlier today and was bummed that the last couple weeks weren't yet updated, but I'm so glad to see that you've been keeping at it!

      I just got back from vacation and did pretty much NOTHING, so today was my first day back, and I got a lot done on my blog (not much content, but sidebar stuff, and email opt in, and about page stuff.

      I may even stay up late tonight, but we'll see. Not sure if I'll be doing any more hubs, though. Nah, I should. I dunno. Ho hum. Maybe I'll go sleep. lol

      You got one more week!

      I hope to see you crank out plenty of content with passive income potential (like hubs or webanswers, as opposed to Textbroker stuff) -- stuff that has potential to earn some money down the road while you're back to teaching this semester.

      Good luck with Week 10!

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Karen,

      That is a fast summer!

      You will find what works for you. Other people work full time from home, you will find it too.

      This is a great experiment that will get you going to what you really want to do.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      Thanks. It has really been fun to do this experiment, although at the same time a bit disappointing in the earnings area. But at least I did earn something. And I now love WebAnswers! I am thinking that since my daughter will be in college for 3 more years and I am helping pay for that, I may not be able to work full time as a writer till after she graduates, BUT the money that I earn from writing between now and then will certainly help. And if between now and then I can make it work, you know I will! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Chris,

      Welcome back..I hope your vacation was great...and inspiring? I am sure you have material to crank out a whole bunch of hubs now. And you should be rested and relaxed enough to write, write, write...correct?It's good to have you back. I have missed the camaraderie of you and I in the writing trenches! This wasn't updated on time ebcause last week I was a substitute nanny for 4 month old twins and I was exhausted every night when I got home! I go back to subbing next week, so that will cut a bit into my writing time but I will keep writing as I can. I am working hard this week though...it feels like it's the last hurrah, and it is so to speak in terms of my 10 week experiment and the chance to make some money to end the experiment well.

      Good to have you back and thanks for checking in!

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      I just did a wrap up of my results for the summer of writing experiment. See the above charted the Wrap Up area at the end of the hub. Thanks for hanging in with me and checking back to see how I was doing during the experiment.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      It must have been discouraging to be so far off from your goal, but I am so glad that you have found a couple of good sites to make money in, and that you have used it as a great learning experience.

      Thanks for sharing this with us. I have enjoyed keeping tabs on your progress!

      Have a wonderful weekend.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Kathryn,

      Thanks for reading the update. I forgot one website though...Bubblews did pay me and I earned money from them in the last 2 weeks of summer so I have to add that in now.

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      Arsenio 3 years ago

      Karin, just so you know this blog post has been a huge help and influence to me in my development of a writing career. I followed this summer's exploits with great fascination while trying to decide for myself if I was ready to pursue a full-time writing career and I'm happy to tell you I have!!! Last week I quit my job at the meat packaging plant and rented a room at the local Sheraton where I holed away for a few days to write a streamlined first draft of what I hope will be my first published novel. I actually have a meeting with Bedlam Publishing next week about the rights for "Fire of the Demon Seed", my first novel. I couldn't have done any of this without you and needed you to know you've been a huge inspiration for me!!!!! THANKS!

      - Arsenio

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Really, Oh my gosh...that's amazing. I wish you the most luck possible in getting your book published. I have continued to write as much as possible, and found a couple other writing sites that have helped me earn more money than I was doing this past summer. I now write for Bubblews and WebAnswers. And I have continued writing about my new part time career ( I can't quit my job yet as I have college tuition to pay for my daughter) in a blog on blogger called, "A Season of Writing." That "season" will last the rest of my life! LOL! I hope your novel gets published and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me know that I inspired you.

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      I'm still writing as much as I can around my subbing job. And I am earning more money each month. I have combined writing with also selling items on Ebay. I still can't quit my day job, but am getting closer to the point where I can! And I love every minute of the writing!

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