Are you new to Triond and online writing? Do you wonder if you’ll ever reap rewards? Let my story give you hope.
My first article for Triond, for any online writing site for that matter, was published on 7 November 2009. I was filled with excitement and the anticipation of making money, followed quickly by disbelief. One cent at a time – how will this ever work? Perhaps many of you are feeling like that. After two months I am totally committed to my new writing life and results are starting to happen.
New Zealand is a country of writers and readers. The printed message is valued and many of us enjoy writing. Having not been able to break into print publication in our small country of four million people, I decided to give online writing a go. I wanted to write, but even more I wanted people to read my writing. On 7 November I submitted my first article to Triond, an article about public speaking I’d written for a print publication and hadn’t had the courage to send on completion.
At first I was dismayed at the time it took for one cent to add to another to make two cents. I read many Triond articles about online writing and realised this was not a quick road to success. However, it seemed that if I stuck at it, persevered, maybe I’d get there in the end.
The answer seemed to be in consistent submissions, getting your titles and keywords right, and supporting other writers. It also seemed to be about experimentation and a rather enthusiastic dash of commitment and perseverance. Having the time to do so, I decided to forge my way forward.
Now, only two months later, I have 92 pieces published on Triond. In a few days time I’ll be receiving my first payment. Small as it may be, being just enough to buy a cup of coffee, I am excited. You see, I’ve only ever been paid for one piece of writing before and I had to wait a lot longer than two months to receive that.
I’ve read other writers advice and analysed the work I felt was working. Some people believe you should find your writing style or subject matter and stick with it for success. Others believe diversification is the key. For me, diversification has been the answer, as I seem to constantly pick up new readers. I try and vary my style – some light-hearted and fun, some a little more serious, some personal, some factual. I’ve even started throwing in poetry.
I’ve learned to link older articles with newer ones, but not a lot else about marketing my work. I’ve learned to take my camera with me and keep my eyes and ears open for writing opportunities. I’ve even started creating opportunities, looking for possible writing material while I’m out and about.
Most important though, I’m having fun. How much I make is no longer important. I’ve achieved my goal of having work read. I write every day, whenever I can. I’ve met many other wonderful writers. Life is fantastic.
So, if you’re a newbie wondering whether online writing is worthwhile, I recommend you decide what your writing goals are, then go for it. Be patient. Be prepared to work as hard as you would for any other reward. And enjoy your new status as a writer. Good things take time.