Number of Views or Cents Paid - Which is Important to You As an Online Writer?

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 15th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1asmgx6i/
Posted in Wikinut>Writing>Columns & Opinions

Every writer has their own reason for churning out words. Why do you write? What is important to you?

Before Online Writing Sites

A time existed when writers wrote beause the need to put their words on paper was strong. Writing was a calling. Sometimes that writing reached the eyes of others, whether through personal sharing or being submitted and accepted into a print publication.
There was never a guarantee that writing of any sort would generate an income for most of us. We wrote because we chose to.

Online Writing Brought Changes.

In the last decade, possibly longer there has been an amazing growth in online writing sites. Some have come and gone in a very short time. Others have lasted the distance. Payment on these sites seems to fluctuate according to a number of variables. One thing is certain, in most cases, online writing does not provide an income to support a living. Rather it is a welcome supplement.
What online writing does do is something quite different, something quite satisfying to writers who get pleasure from writing.

The Satisfaction of Online Writing

For many online writers the satisfaction comes from having your work read. Whether it's an article you've carefully crafted, an opinion you've voiced to the best of your ability, a personal story you've shared, or a poem or piece of fiction - most writers like to be read.
The thing that impresses me here on the Wikinut site is the number of views I receive daily, and not just from the Wikinut community. I find it difficult to believe that hundreds of people all around the world, people I don't know, actually take the time to read what I write.
That, for me, is the most satisfying aspect of writing online.

Promoting Your Work Online

Those page views don't just happen by chance though. There's work to be done once the writing has been published. Promoting yourself and your work through social media can bring about amazing results.
View by view these do translate into cents or pennies, but in most case not at a rate that gets anyone excited. That's okay for me, because people reading my work is more important than supplementing my income. It's taken a few knock backs to show me this. I've only been back on Wikinut for a couple of weeks, after a two year break.
I've worked hard to promote my writing in as many nooks and crannies as I can find. This is not all social media. It's about exposure in general, writing lots, interacting with other writers, getting yourself known.

Followers Don't Come Overnight

It takes work to make a name for yourself through online writing, it doesn't happen overnight. There's work to be done and constant marketing of oneself.
But, if you believe in yourself and your writing and care more about readers and views than money, you'll find online writing a very rewarding experience.

Other articles by Val Mills:

Wikinut, a Writing Site that Offers Different Things to Different People
10 Easy Tips for Sharing Your First Article on Twitter
How I Successfully Use Twitter to Promote My Articles
The World of Self Publishing
Promoting Your Self Published Book

Tags

Content Writing, Online Jobs, Online Writing, Paid To Write, Promoting Writing, Wikinut, Writing

Meet the author

author avatar Val Mills
Self-published writer, coffee drinker, enjoying life. Also found at
writingyourstories.wordpress.com and http://downatthebaths.blogspot.co.nz/

Share this page

moderator johnnydod moderated this page.
If you have any complaints about this content, please let us know

Comments

author avatar Jenny Heart
16th Jan 2015 (#)

You are exactly right about online writing. I know it isn't easy to make money writing. I know it can't be my only source of income. I work 7 days a week but I hope my writing can help that maybe soon i could only work 5 days a week. That is what I want to accomplish if possible. Great words of wisdom!

Reply to this comment

author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
16th Jan 2015 (#)

Val, excellent article! Thank you for sharing it. I worry more about the content of my articles than I do about making money. I hope someday it all comes together and I write excellent content and make good money.

Reply to this comment

author avatar LOVERME
16th Jan 2015 (#)

Followers Don't Come Overnight
Online writing can be a rewarding experience
Online writing can be a rewarding experience

It takes work to make a name for yourself through online writing, it doesn't happen overnight. There's work to be done and constant marketing of oneself.
But, if you believe in yourself and your writing and care more about readers and views than money, you'll find online writing a very rewarding experience.
well said i say it takes a tree 20 years to bear quality fruit i have taken five decades and am still looking forwards to some juicy fruits yet a distance away some where in the background of a horizon far away glad but I am many still come my way the fragrance of my love alone does many sway and shall ere i pass away soon now some day here i may for some time more stay as my life ebbs away

Reply to this comment

author avatar Carol Roach
17th Jan 2015 (#)

It was because of you that I came here. You mentioned it once on Bubblews. I love this site and I needed a place for my database of work because Yahoo Voices had closed down

Reply to this comment

author avatar johnnydod
18th Jan 2015 (#)

I am one of the many hundreds that follow you Val and have done for many years
PS Great to see Smooch as well

Reply to this comment

author avatar M G Singh
18th Jan 2015 (#)

Great post and analysis. You have hit the nail on the head

Reply to this comment

author avatar wonder
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Truly said. It takes time and an honest effort and originality to create something.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
23rd Jan 2015 (#)

What abut number of lives changed!

Reply to this comment

author avatar jsherack
30th Mar 2015 (#)

Great article Val! Thank You for posting it.

Reply to this comment

Add a comment
Username
Can't login?
Password