Friday, January 2, 2009

Crash and Burn

My big plan to make money writing on the internet is crashing and burning. I though writing for AC was a given, but one or two, or both things have changed. They are either cutting back on expenses because of budget issues and no longer pay for assorted content, or they are punishing me for being absent for so long. Whatever be the case, it may no longer be a viable option, which in the end is my big loss. I have to come up with a different plan.

Now I have to go on the hunt and find somebody willing to pay me to write for them, which ain't gonna be easy, because I know mags are all scaling back. Bummer.

In the meantime, I did finally return to PS, only to notice that the regular writers haven't been really writing. I think the last post was about two weeks ago, which makes me wonder what the future holds for PS. Also, being the only guy who really writes for them, I never seem to get much traffic, even though I like the community of writers. I enjoy writing about parenting issues, it's closer to my heart, but not my wallet.

C is over for a sleepover, and I'm thinking it's going to get a little complicated as the day progresses. I was a little bummed this morning when my wife informed me that she was going to work, leaving me alone to fend for myself. It's tough being the one at home sometimes, and I have to confess to having a bad attitude at times. I realize this makes it hard on her and everyone else for that matter, but sometimes I just gotta be a baby. Maybe it's just a guy thing.

I'm so bummed about the writing thing, I really thought it was a sure thing. That's what I get for being cocky, cut down to size, and it's not the first time.

I did finally get some contact info for DOC, for all that's worth.

Until the next time, thanks for reading.


The Book Chook said...

When things crash and burn, when you're bummed, maybe it's a prod in another direction.

Some people make a little money from Google ads. Some people make a little money out of Amazon affiliates. Some people make a little/reasonable/good money out of writing for publications.

I enjoy reading your posts - your honesty and insight into the whole parenting and homeschooling and man thing! I'm sure many others would too.

What are you doing to promote your blog? If you think I might help, email me.

You are a great human being, Fred. Never forget it.

phredude said...

Hi Susan, Thanks again for being an awesome and supportive friend. I don't mean to sound so bummed. One thing I've learned, and one of the great lessons I've learned from becoming a parent (I can thank my family for this one) is that life is full of surprises, both good and bad, and you just can't whine and dwell on the bad because not only does your family need you to be at your best, but in the end, it just doesn't get you anywhere. Besides, when you delve into the freelance writing world, you have to get used to rejection and disappointment. It's all part of the process.

I'm not discouraged, and I know the things that I need to do, so I just need to do them. We'll see where this goes. I would like to talk to you some more since you really know your gig. Let's talk. In the meantime, I've got work on those query letters. Hope you're well and talk to you soon.