Finally I got around to deciding what I should set up for work-related goals for 2013. One of the first things I need to do is learn to not be so snarky when commenting on things that annoy me. This of course will take all of my self-preservation skills since stupidity makes me crazy and I can’t help but call it out when I see it. Step 1 I guess is going to be avoiding forums that piss me off
But the real goals!
First, this blog needs some TLC – I am worried that I’ve allowed this blog to get stale and I seem to have run out of things to write about which does not make a lot of sense. I think part of the problem here is I’ve painted myself into a corner . I don’t do “news” releases, I never talk about my earnings (except broadly) and I have provided rundowns (and updates in some cases) on all the sites where I currently contribute. This sort of narrows my options a bit but I am sure I’ll come up with something. This blog has a total of 627 posts on it and probably 1/3 of them are actually the “scam” sites I’ve called out so in reality, only a shade over 400 of them are actually related to this site in the first place. Rather discouraging when I think about how long I’ve had this blog. So my commitment this year is to expand on some of the topics I write about (even if they become rants!) and post at least 2x’s a week.
Of course, this brings me to the No Scam Work at Home blog. I currently seem to have a publishing problem with it which I suspect will be fixed sometime soon. For this site, I plan to do two posts a week – but one will be a scam and one will be a legit opportunity with information on how to sign up. These sites will not have any “start up” fees because I refuse to believe that any of us need to pay a fee to find work – makes me nuts!
My portfolio blog has been neglected for a long time! I currently have 288 posts there which is rather amusing since I have 1300 plus articles at Helium and around 200 at Bright Hub. The goal: add at least 5 new pieces each week (and preferably more) until I get everything in there. Who knows, maybe I can get some additional hits on the work!
Non blog work
The fact of the matter is my blogs are not making much money and frankly, if I had to live on the revenue from them I’d starve to death! Therefore, like it or not, I have to do some real work some of the time! I am lucky enough to have about 1/2 my time taken up by a regular client but like everyone, I’m always concerned about losing them. So here’s what I’m thinking about writing:
- 2 – 5 articles weekly at Writer Access – This sounds low but frankly, I’m so darned picky that this is about all I can find most weeks
- 2 – 3 articles daily at Textbroker – I am on enough teams now that I can almost pick and choose my work which is fun! The nice thing about TB (for all the problems) is that you can get paid weekly if need be!
- 1 – 3 articles monthly at Skyword – I am only in the Bounty program and there are not a lot of titles so I figure this is about all I can manage.
- Microtasks – I have both Crowd Cloud and Mechanical Turk accounts and frankly, thanks to some great hand/eye coordination, I can do simple tasks really fast. In fact, if I push myself I can gather enough “pennies” in a couple of hours a day to keep my eBook appetite paid for which is neat! I actually do these to relax so I won’t set a specific goal for them!
- Helium – For all my complaining, There are some titles on Helium I would like to write to. I plan to write at least one per month. If I have time to do more great but one will work!
I really need to take some time to fix all my titles and hash-tags before I upload to Twitter again. I would also like to get my RedGage account up to par and get all of my work uploaded there. I would anticipate having these two tasks complete before the end of March and then we’ll figure out how to maximize the time I have freed up after that.
So, there you have it. I like writing these up if for no other reason so I can look back at the end of the year and see how I’ve done!