Year drawing to a close

Stop procrastinatingWho would have thunk it? 2012 is drawing to a close and I’ve gotten around to reviewing what my plans were for 2012. While some of my plans came to fruition, it appears that they got somewhat thwarted around mid-year meaning I had to change course!  Last year at this time I was planning on starting my new website, No Scam Work at Home to help identify and call out scams. For several months, this worked out pretty well. The problem of course came in that my site was hacked around mid-year and I had to rethink what to do about that. Since then I’ve gone ahead and continued to call out scams (at a much slower pace!) and I’ve merged the site here. However, that could be changing — more about that later.

I also committed to getting myself going at Demand Studios – that didn’t work out so well for me either (rolling eyes). I had some challenges with the site and inquired about getting some one on one help but that never came and I wound up losing my writing privileges there so that went by the wayside too.

Then of course there was my goal of increasing my AdSense income – that was an abject failure since AdSense says I violated their TOS by “inviting” clicks on my site which is ridiculous because if I was it would certainly be for far more than the average 1500 hits a month I get (grinning). I’ve moved onto other advertising programs and honestly they are not working to well so my goal going into 2013 is to see if I can figure out a way to engage with more affiliate programs.

Fortunately, the year wasn’t all bad news! I forced myself to concentrate more on getting better assignments and I have been fairly successful doing so. I have one ongoing assignment that requires me to post a new blog post daily and when possible, I can post two. This has proven to be a lucrative contract and one that will continue into 2013. That’s good news for me and better news for my pocketbook.

I have also forced myself to work harder than ever at Textbroker and found that once I began concentrating more on my work there that my ratings stayed at 4 so I’m fairly pleased with that. Ironically enough, I can’t qualify for Level 5 unless I want my screen reader software to read the test one letter at a time (long story). I’ve reached out to TB and they have offered another possibility though I will be unable to do any proofreading (which is OK). Currently I am getting numerous direct orders and team orders so I am managing to do fairly well there also.

Writer Access has continued to be my favorite site to get work, though I remain stubbornly independent and often bypass good assignments because I don’t like the topics (that’s me). Unfortunately, I’d rather have no work than take something that doesn’t interest me in the least.

So what happens going into 2013?

I’ll continue working on Textbroker and on Writer Access and my feelings about SkyWord remain somewhat ambivalent since their approval process seems endless to me so I’ll continue to look a their programs skeptically.

About No Scam: So I’ve been battling with myself about what to do about this domain. At this time, I have a simple redirect from the main domain to this domain and that creates some interesting action when folks try to navigate. Beginning later this month (or more likely in January), I’m going to begin doing a setup using my current domain owner and actually create a set of pages that will redirect back to the actual posts. Hopefully, that will result in being able to find the posts easier. My goal is to call out at least one new scam (or point out a good guy) at least once a week through 2013 and also maintain this blog with a post at least once weekly.

I never did get my book done last year and I don’t suspect I’ll be doing it this year either because I have a suspicion that it won’t do well so I’ve decided to pass. I will continue to carefully evaluate what works well on these blogs and also pay attention to new opportunities to share. For the most part, it’ll be the same old, same old. At any rate, have a Safe & Happy 2013!

About Doreen Martel

Well-rounded freelance writer who contributes to various blogs, paid to write sites and revenue sharing sites. Doreen is legally blind and has worked at home for more than 10 years. She uses the lessons learned from this experience to enhance her writing and share information with others.

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2 Responses to Year drawing to a close

  1. December 27, 2012 at 5:02 am

    You know I am all ears about the book. Why do you think it will not do well? I think 2012 may have been more productive than you think if you managed to weed out what does not work. Most ppl give up their sites before they figure that out!
    Happy New Year, Doreen. I am grateful for all the work you do here.
    xxx

    • December 27, 2012 at 9:59 am

      I think overall that 2012 was productive even if I turned my back on the book (laughing). My original idea was to write a handbook for beginner freelance writers. I even went so far to have the cover designed (almost 2 years ago). But the fact is that much of the information that I would have included is on my blog and there are many folks who have made a “living” off distributing so-so information (grin). So I decided it would be an effort in futility. Maybe in 2014 I’ll do one on scams (grinning!). Happy new year to you too, I’m glad someone finds this stuff helpful :)