I have been an avid contributor to this site for two years now, but the effort needed to be put in, as compared to the financial rewards on offer, really are not good enough to make it really worthwhile.
I have been an avid contributor to this site for two years now, but the effort needed to be put in, as compared to the financial rewards on offer, really are not good enough to make it really worthwhile. I realised with some dismay, just the other day, that I have been concentrating so hard on posting new bits of things – researching them and then writing them up – that I have not written ANY new fiction during those two years, and this is no longer acceptable.
If we are all honest with ourselves, money is not really forthcoming – in any realistic sense – from posting on this site, because to make even one dollar a day you need at least 1000 views, and many here NEVER get that number, so their efforts largely go unrewarded in any real sense. I can truthfully say that I was once pulling $200 for a 1000 word article – when writing for print magazines – so I am only too aware of how poor the pay here really is.
But like an addict I keep ploughing away at it, trying to convince myself that one day that breakthrough post will get me into the fast lane, but of course it will not ever happen that way, because this is a content farm and we all just make up the numbers. That was made all too clear to me when fewer than 2% of my so-called fans and friends here could be bothered to buy my e-books – or comment on them – and I sincerely thank those who did BTW – so I have decided that being over-keen on producing meaningless posts here is not really the way forward for me as a writer.
With close on 2000 posts here, there will always be residual income – however pathetic, from them, and I will still log on daily and keep posting the odd new piece, but I have to get back to basics where my writing is concerned, and start producing more of the writing that my genuine fans want to see. My fiction has taken a back seat for too long, but going back to writing it means that those trivia posts will no longer occupy much of my time. This may mean a loss of what has been a small income in the short term, but I care little about that.
What I want is once more to feel like a REAL writer, instead of a tabloid press hack, and that can only be achieved by getting down and doing what I was always meant to do – craft stories that enthrall and entertain, weave dreams that can be tasted and compse tales that take the readers on journeys to realms of my creation, where they feel sated by the imagery conjured up. I can never achieve those things with non-fiction, and such work is way too valuable to be lost forever as a post n this site, which at best thirty ot forty people might see.
No, I need a bigger and more appreciative audience because I am – according to the vast majority who coment on my fiction – an excellent writer, and I want far more people to see, read and appreciate my fiction than is ever likely to be the case on this site, but first I have to write it. That is why my posting here will now slow to a genuine trickle, as I spend more time changing both direction and emphasis, in my quest tobe the writer I know I can be, and produce the work I know my REAL fans want to see. For those who genuinely want to keep on following me, I will still be posting the odd piece, though you are likely to see more of me by going to the amazon kindle author page of Tony H Leather. Cheers.