At first glance, if you were to look in and see me now, you might think “there she goes, sat farting about at the computer again.”
Just because I’m so called ‘sat’ at home all day, does that make the work of someone writing an invalid one?
It’s not a ‘proper’ job. I’m not going out of the house every day and squishing myself up against other people’s stinking armpits on packed trains like I used to, to crunch numbers at a bank pre kids.
I’ve recently started making money writing. Not a lot, admittedly, but not bad to say I only started a few months ago.
You know what? It doesn’t just fall at your feet. You don’t just wake up one morning and think “Hey, I know! I’m going to start writing, and people are going to throw money at me for my fab and witty articles.”It doesn’t work like that. Most of the time the tight wads don’t even bother paying as they say you’d love to work for them for the great exposure you’ll get for writing for their publication.
(Yes, because exposure pays the weekly bills in Asda. Cheers for that.)You have to work at it.Yes, it’s still work even if I haven’t set foot out of the house all day. Take them to school, go home, get the laptop on.
You want to write? You have to put yourself ‘out’ there.
You want to know just a bit of what I do when “I’m on the computer again?”
Right. Here you go.
I try to post several times a week, across both my blogs. Yes, I have two of them and two Twitter feeds. Double the workload.
This is the other one, a family friendly days out review blog. Family Friendly Yorkshire
To write frequent blog posts, with original, relevant content each time, you need ideas.
Ideas which can stem from topical issues, or conversations/opinions.
All which can mean reading every single newspaper website and column going.
Once it’s written, it’s not just a case of sitting back and going to play Candy Crush.
You have to promote your posts so you actually get people reading them.
Which means being an active member of blog networks, and adding your blog.
Leaving comments on other blogs to make your blog more visible and well known.
Knowing how to work and promote yourself across the social media channels, such as LinkedIn, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.
Creating Facebook pages/Twitter feeds and interacting with your followers so they might want to read your latest post.
You can’t just spam out links and nothing else. (Surefire way get yourself blocked for being a spammy pain in the bum.)
You need to create a following and engage with the community. All of which takes time.
I’ve heard “How have you got so many followers?” from people before. That will be because of all the bloody hard work that goes into my blog.
You take part in Twitter conversations, you start them yourself. You take part in Twitter parties.
(No that’s not a code for I’m sitting in my pants stuffing Doritos in my gob at the computer while listening to Agadoo like a sad sack with virtual mates.There’s more to it than that.)
Not to mention that it’s not just a case of publishing, promoting and sitting back.
I’ve single handledy figured out how to add code to the right hand side of my blog to make it turn into a pretty clickable badge. For example, the parenting network badges don’t just magically appear.
I put them there.
I also figured out all by myself how to hide links behind words like this: look here’s my Family Twitter page, whoop whoop!
as opposed to just the boring link https://twitter.com/
I’ve written articles for the Yorkshire Times and the Guardian (all the while sat at my laptop in my kitchen) but you’ll still get asked occasionally “so are you going to be looking for a job?”
Well, excuse me for thinking I was actually doing something apart from playing Bejewelled Blitz, and doing inane quizzes on Facebook.
You don’t suddenly get given the chance to make money, You have to put yourself out there.
Now excuse me, I’ve got some Candy Crush to play. Whatever.