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Real talk getting discouraged as writer

Updated on June 6, 2013

Keeping your eyes on the prize

Getting discouraged as online writer today is a bummer for sure, many of us are writing for a living, and doing it full time as well to help support our families. This is the very reason why it is imperative not to allow anything that occurs, even low web traffic drops, which are a mere minor set back and momentary adjustment actually that we shouldn't get so uptight about, but many writers do today.

This article shall explain in great depth the effects of jumping the gun sort to speak, and allowing short term lows, failures, frustrations and all as online writers to get us down. If you allow your motivation to subside, because things appear to being doing bad as for web traffic, comments, social interactions, feedback etc, well then think again, there's alternatives and ways to fight such an occurrence.

Writing on the web is definitely a gamble for the most part, and this is being stated due to the very fact that many of us don't own web space of our very own that is attractive enough, supported enough, robust enough with millions of viewers surfacing daily, to even think of earning a living from a single web location of our own, whether it be a personal website, blog site, or what have you.

Note: (Using Youtube is one sure way to boost online potential, but you need high quality, relevant and well thought out videos, how to videos work wonders & so does nature videos there.)

Imagery counts Huge!

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What makes us join writers networks?

The very reason why freelance writers choose to go and join a writers network in the first place, is due to the fact that they believe they can earn money writing online. The video up above show cases Hubpages success stories, and these are some of the factors that fully represent potential to succeed in a monetary fashion on this writers network, and many other networks do the same in their own unique way to attract more serious writers looking to earn a passive income over time, with perseverance, dedication, professionalism, and patience.

For the most part online writing has become a sort of life blood today in terms of earning a consistent revenue stream, and for many people worldwide who have run out of options it seems, this writing thing is very attractive. It has become a way to help many people to earn a more honest living for sure, and mostly because the web has shown to have high paying results once monetized. This also means that if and when enough of the right decisions are put into action here by anyone motivated enough, and skilled enough to try it out and do the needed research it takes to master such a dedicated craft, anything is possible from that point onwards.

So, what are the truest means and modes of making the right actions to succeed online today, one might ask themselves. Well, that all depends on the individual, and the skills one may possess to gain the needed potential to truly achieve success they seek, and in all ways possible for that given person.

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I really love writing in real life, so why doesn't it work online?

Writing online isn't quite like it is in the real world, and mainly because there are completely differing dynamics involved when it comes to that of the web. A online writer who is in seek of reaching the potential millions of viewers may need to dig deeply into the web by using their knowledge and resourcefulness of doing intense research. As for those particular individuals are concerned, they will tend to do the best in earning money online, and when it comes to earning that actual goal they seek if not for a monetary one.

Whether it is to earn a better way of life for them or not, these folks are out here online doing their best to make it, and so this also spells the fact that we are all in a huge competitive market with one another as web authors. Some of us are fierce when it comes to online writing and will not let up for nothing writing with a certain fury, so the relentless passion for hitting keyboards at miles per millisecond shall continue to commence and for hours on end, even if some of us potentially allow anything to get us discouraged.

"One persons loss is another persons gain", is one thing many of us have heard before, and its so true on the web, a good example of this fact is when something trendy hits the web all of a sudden, like when Jeremy Lin, and the whole "Linsanity" craze was creating havoc on the web, online writers seeked to gain huge by writing up a storm all about it, and surely when he had gotten hurt, everyone dove in, but his loss became our gain until all the web traffic died down. (You win some you lose some, just pick back up and flow with the digital punches)

The moment such a person comes up for air, they tend to realize that maybe they didn't go to the bathroom yet, or haven't even eaten, showered, went outside to get some fresh air or what have you, and many are simply in fear that they may lose that fiery train of thought they had once mustered up by being so engaged into such writers digital liftoff.

These are moments that many of us true online writers all share a commonality in, and the success is yet a moment away thereafter, at the point we decide to hit that publish button, or at least that's what many of us think much of the time.

"Wow, my traffic suddenly halted, what to do now, I thought everything was good, my article was spectacular and all", this is what's on most of our minds today, and yes it is quite frustrating, but no way shall we fret about it, we must regain intensity to improve, adapt, and over achieve all obstacles to survive as writers on the Internet today.

Even Mark Twain had Writers block, but today its evolved

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Why is writers block not the only problem?

The funny thing is, the feelings of things going down hill may tend to hit even the best writers right in their brain stem, the emotional sides of it and all, because they also realize that it isn't just about writing to attract people to that of their web locations.

On the contrary its a vast host of many other necessary parameters, constraints, filtering systems, rules, regulations, web protocol, and all for their articles to have to get accepted, to get through, and to successfully make it to yet a single persons eyes besides themselves or that of their 1000+ FB family members, and friends they think they have or once had (Overly possessive traits maybe).

This has posed a sort of mental block, and its much worse then that of having writers block. So, what does one do in this case when they're really feeling like they've run out of all options once again (Since finding a job in this economy is for the "Angry Birds"), because now maybe Google has decided to suddenly update something, and then some huge Panda bear comes jumping in your articles way with his huge police bear suit on, and says "No, you cannot pass", This is when you tell the bear, "OK you silly digital police bot aka Panda Bear, move on over out my way, I care not for whom you are, even though I respect your maker a great deal (Google)."

Darn Jokers!

All jokes aside what needs to be done is, you need to do a full reassessment on the current and latest updates that lets say Google comes up with, whether its a huge bear, or some stinky little penguin, even a angry pelican, or maybe an Android thingy that they tend to come up with from time to time, as their naming games frustrate us even more. (Oh yes, its hard enough to keep up indeed, and or to succeed online today, but we shall all triumph once again as the pandemonium dies down, the intense filtering pans out and while we work diligently wiser through it all).

Once you've done the research as to what are the new requirements of SEO, keyword usage, content placement, and the website attribution laws etc.Then you can return back to your web locations, and begin a thorough inspection as to your content you've rendered onto the screen. Implement the changes as you have learned of the newer regulations, enhanced and fully optimized its appearance, relevance and all.


What do they want from me?

Google doesn't like old irrelevant web content anymore, and other users on the web don't either pretty much, because its mostly outdated, and even if you swear that your content is king.

Actually you should let the people whom are searching for your content decide the fate of your content, rather then allow yourself to try and judge your own content as being of high quality, and the web stats over long periods of time will tell you if your location you've put into action per say on hubpages is ranked top notch, or if its a dud with the online crowds.

This is why none of us should get discouraged as online writers, what we need to do is realize that not everything we choose to title, to place into topic categories, and or to publish will get recognized as the all star, all knowing source of web fame and glory, because that is a faint distant reality, and extremely hard to come by for most online writers period. (Maybe on Youtube, viral action of crappy authorship, or that of poor editing can actually work for some lucky tricksters, but not on Hubpages, or many other official writers networks, that includes this very article here, so no one is the exception to the rulings of the web gods)

Earning money is possible here on the web and is commendable

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Is there real money in passionate writing?

Now, if you continue to write with a flair of passion, and work on all aspects of what it takes to make your articles actually appear as a attractive webpage, well then your off to the start of a good relationship with all of the search engines, because it is where about 95% of all the web traffic is coming from, and if you think otherwise, then go try to argue with Google, Yahoo, Bing, and all the others that are judging our digital data.

Besides that well known and widespread cool factoid, Hubpages has recently made it ever so difficult for a single hub to take lift off, because this network is a true article writers network, and not a personal blogging website. Hubpages scan's their web location here for potential low quality authorship, spam, illegal activities, suspicious activity, and for topnotch articles to be given high worthy praise if and when located, but the web page ranking factors play a huge role in it all as well, an no matter how spectacular a written works you might think you've written or that of others who have supported your writing efforts here. (Patience is the key, but accuracy, and attractive powers is as well.)

If you produce high quality web related, relevant content here, that doesn't break any rules, goes along with the flow of things, is evergreen in its overall context, appearance, attractiveness for your viewers, well you're in for a huge surprise, because this is what professional online writing is all about.

So, complaining about the fact that your not getting views anymore, or what have you will not fix a thing, the issue is what you place into action onto the screen, and not entirely about what you've written. Doing the needed adjustments to your overall technique and approach to online writing, and content editing will make all the difference in a day.


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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      yw @velzipmur, thanks for paying my hub here some hub love.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @carol7777, your very much welcome, and I'm glad you felt that this hub was useful in some way for you Carol.

      Yes indeed getting that digital virtual trophy is something many of us writers have chosen to write for, you got that right! Thanks for the visit and for the kind words as well, also for sharing it.

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      Shelly Wyatt 

      5 years ago from Maryland

      Thank You for the incouragement! Really good hub.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Lots of good thoughts and ideas here. And all of us wonder if that next hub is going to get the trophy. There is nothing new under the sun, however I do know that people's interests change and trying to keep up...well. I wonder how all the political hubs have done with google. I have read almost all of them..others, not sure. Thanks for sharing this and it is a vote up and share.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @alifeofdesign, its so nice to have met you here on hubpages, and I would like to thank you so much for taking the time to give my hub some love here.

      Yeah I did my best to try to uplift people's spirits during these rough trying moments of low hub views and all.

      Lets hope many more folks can find a bit more motivation to work through it all, you know. Chat with you soon in your hubs.

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      Graham Gifford 

      5 years ago from New Hamphire

      Today, I was not feelin' the love, CloudExplorer. I was finishing up a hub wondering if this is really worth it. I love writing and sharing what I've learned, but I'm not making much of a splash. I'm going to check out your suggested hubs and get back to work. Tomorrow is another day! Thanks,

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @mpropp, thanks for your awesome insightful comment I was feeling like people needed a bit of inspiration due to all the low web traffic issues, and so this hub just popped right out of my head, Hehe!

      You will learn that this hubpages community is super supportive, and no matter the climate, the weather a person may reside in, or the temperature their head may be running, if they're logged onto hubpages majority of us help one another along the way, and in every way imaginable.

      So you're definitely in a very good place, good luck!

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      Melissa Propp 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for the positive and encouraging hub. While I am not personally discouraged (I wasn't around prior to Panda or whatever else might be causing established online writers to be feeling the decline in views/income) I have seen many many comments and forums and hubs discussing their concerns with the massive loss of views. Some claim that their views were cut in half or more. Again, I'm too new to hubpages to even notice any decline! But, it was great to see this inspirational hub addressing a topic that is on a lot of writer's minds. Thank you!

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      6 years ago

      Great hub, with so much truth, insight, and inspiration. Sometimes I think I should only focus on writing good content and not to wonder what happens after I push the publish button. But we stay human and we write so that it can be read.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @Rfordin, how are you Becky & its so nice to have met you here on hubpages, I'm super happy you liked my article here.

      I done my very best to come up with a combative stance against much of the negative feedback people have been poring out onto the web as a whole, as web traffic did indeed drop a great deal everywhere, and so many of us are feeling to pain for sure, but looking up and staying focused is imperative no matter what, and of course jumping ship isn't an option for me.

      I'm here on hubpages and on the web to become a true force of help, of change, and of the future of the web that we have, and so I will continue to manifest such positive help for all others to utilize until my days are numbered. Oh yes indeed.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @LaThing, wow! such a prompt response and so well received by me, thanks again for returning, and for being so kind to me with your beautiful supportive words.

      It make me realize I am in the right directions for sure, so I will keep these articles coming on full blast indeed. Chat with you soon Lathing, hopefully it will be in one of your comment area's as well. I'm working ever so intensely hehe! Just finished another hub just a second ago.

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      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Yes Mike, you are absolutely right, we are all here for different reasons. And you are doing a great job helping others. I admire writers like you, and Bill, and some others, who are doing a fantastic job and writing articles that are informative, helpful and encouraging. You guys fascinate me with your research! And I hope you keep it up, because there are plenty of us out there that are inspired by your articles :)

      And you are welcome, will always share what I find useful :)

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @LaThing for the cool comment, Yes for each of us there are differing goals to achieve indeed, yes I love to write today, but I do it for my business, to support my family currently & in the future, and also to help others worldwide with pertinent info I can manage to research, put into informative formats, and hopefully does the job for them in terms of being able to leverage on such info in their most dire need, or desire too learn and move onwards to other things as well in life.

      These are all commendable reasons many of us writers hit the online pages each and every day, especially those of us whom are working full time at it, as a career.

      So yes indeed I am so very proud of what I do today, and have no problem sharing the wealth on info for everyone, it is what it is right!

      Oh and last but not least thanks for sharing with little ole me.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @unknown spy,the best I can do for all the love and support that others have given me here on hubpages and beyond, Thanks for the awesome comment, and for the cool visit as well. Have a wonderful day!

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @Gypsy Rose Lee, Thanks so much Rasma for the kind loving supportive words here, yes indeed the writing must go on!

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      6 years ago from Florida

      Interesting article and it comes at a time when it seems many hubbers are going crazy over Google updates and all the other SEO mumbo jumbo. I'm sure this article will help some....Thanks for sharing.


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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @Injured lamb, yes indeed it is imperative that we never allow our motivation to succeed in online writing to waver, and definitely not due to a current change, status, or that of the attitude of others.

      So yes indeed we shall triumph as writers as long as we keep faith, stay strong, and adapt to all the changes over time. "We shall be victorious!" Hehe (:

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      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey Mike, this is very interesting and very thorough! Like Ruby, I write here as a hobby, and for fun :) but, still I got a lot out of this hub. You still want people to see your article...... enjoyed reading this and you did a great job. Sharing, voting up and useful.

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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Awesome Mike! You really encourage us on this one on especially on times when we get disappointed by comments and and discouragement by others.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Awesome hub Mike. Great information, advice, videos and pics. Sure does inspire to keep on writing. I stick to it no matter what because I absolutely love writing and wouldn't have it any other way. Passing this on.

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      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the sharing Mike...what a great hub you have written to encourage us...yes, regardless the reason we are here to write, it's always a great feeling to know that we can earn at the same time. I received your message here...NOT to be discouraged as an online matter what...our goal is...achieve the goal...

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @always exploring, thank you for your honesty I actually write for the fact of helping others, and if its worth a pay check well I surely won't mind receiving revenue I worked hard for, you know.

      Its cool though to write for all other reasons other then monetary, but it feels good to know that you can earn for sure, especially when you chosen such a career full time as I've done. Thanks again & chat with you soon Always.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @Mhatter99, thanks bro I do my best to try and inspire folks in any way shape or written form I can possibly muster up, I'm so glad you approve.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @Scribenet, oh yes indeed its a tough career to pursure for sure, but who ever wanted thing to be that easy anyhow right. We're competing in a market of billions of online users, and to stand out above all the rest is definitely a long shot in itself, but it truly is doable for sure, I must agree.

      Thanks for the insight, your comment was potent indeed, and truthful as well, awesome! Scribe.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great encouraging article Mike. Since I don't write for money, I feel out of place commenting, but I admire anyone who attempts to help others achieve their goals. Thank you..Cheers

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @lrc7815, your very much welcome, I figured why not try to fight these down trends of online issues of low web traffic with a bit of reverse psychology as well as pertinent info that may help others, lets hope many other people elsewhere can get such a message as well, and so that it can come to their benefit in time hopefully.

      Thanks for viewing, and reading my hub, and I truly appreciate everyone for showing, and spreading the love in my direction.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @Nellieanna, I agree with you wholeheartedly and in every way shape form and fashion, thanks for providing such powerful insight here, and giving my hub here so much love in the worded form, as well as for sharing with me.

      People need a true boost of inspiration from time to time for sure, and many of us writers need to continue to apply such worded techniques on the web to help others worldwide who may be feeling down and out for the count.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this. I do want to compliment you on your encouragement and clam wizdom. Hubpages and we have a great supporter in you.

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      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Food for thought. This online writing has it all..the highs and the lows when a milestone is reached or traffic suddenly tanks. However, no one has ever said writing is easy and money isn't guaranteed writing for print either. The fact you can publish on the net is a huge plus for any writer.

      As a writer that means exposure, experience and a chance to hone one's craft... besides making the mistakes in a far shorter time-frame than writing any other way.

      While my personal objective is to eventually make the writing pay, I totally understand this is for the long haul and there is still so much to learn ... plus the ground keeps shifting

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @AudreyHowitt, thank you for your kind words, I did my best, glad you liked it.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @rcrumple, yes indeed research is a pretty intense thing to pursue, and the benefits are a life time of viewers for sure if done right, I can tell by the stats and how they play out here for the most part.

      Creative writing as long as its not infringing upon the rules here should work wonders, but who knows with how the rules are, maybe some folks are trying to bend them a bit, and mostly without knowing they are.

      Interesting view point to make RC, I havent run into such issues, and maybe because I squeeze into my hubs a large amount of both creativity, and research combined.

      Maybe that's is the answer for them, again who knows right! Thanks for the comment and support here bro, cheers to powerful writers, and super hubs! we attempt to write.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @billybuc, thank bro for checking out my hub, I hope your enjoying you Birthday Bill, Happy birthday once again!

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @RealHousewife, thanks for you kind support here and for reading up on my hub so soon, wow! that was so cool of you Kelly.

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      Linda Crist 

      6 years ago from Central Virginia

      Mike, you do really amazing work. I think it takes real talent to write, record, and edit and you do it all. This hub was awesome and just what I needed to hear right now. Thanks so very much. Voted up and awesome for sure.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      I said "Amen" aloud the moment I read your title. You always hit upon the essence of the matter.

      Discouragement is the greatest path to defeat in any endeavor! It causes one's vitality to wane, if not to cease. It tempers whatever IS done with a flavor of negativity. It crushes enthusiasm and exuberance, both of which infuse whatever one is doing with life and vitality! For a writer, they are essential.

      Whatever is going on externally is simply the result of many variables & others' circumstances. Others' lives dictate to what and when they can and cannot attend and pay attention. It may have nothing to do with one's work and its quality. We need to be our own most alert judges of our work and if we deem it good, to maintain the courage to stick by it & not be tossed about on the moods and variables of others and their ever-shifting circumstances.

      The courage of one's convictions is the most compelling ingredient of a good presentation!! The response may or may not be immediate. It's a matter of quality, rather than quantity or speed of response.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      What a great hub Mike!!!!

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      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Mike - Another great hub. HP is a good place for those that research topics, there is no doubt. I've seen many that describe, show pictures and even supply videos of all sorts of things. Unfortunately, when a creative writer does the same, moderation lies in waiting. Several, that had a multitude of Google views, have gone elsewhere because of that. Rules become double standards when they only apply to some. You've written a great hub! I know it will help many. Great job!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wisdom as always Mike! I don't have much time today, but wanted to read your hub and quickly comment. I will internalize it later when the day ends, and read it again more thoroughly. Great job as always!


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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      lots of good stuff here Mike. I don't fret too much about traffic. It comes and goes and I just try to move out of the way!

      The google and Panda updates kill me though!


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