As promised we are going to try and push out at least one InfoBarrel success story each month. This month, we'd like to recognize a member who has been with us since January of this year.
She is a frequent poster on the forums and has racked up nearly 650 forum posts while stringing together 233 articles over the year.
Everybody congratulate MommyMommyMommy!
First of all, we'd love to hear a little bit about you, give us an overview of who MommyMommyMommy is and what she is all about.
Before I begin, I want to thank you for asking me to be an Info Barrel success story! I honestly did not think of myself as one until you asked me. It is truly an honor.
As for me, I am a minivan driving suburban mom who has been married to my college sweetheart for twenty-three years. We have three great kids-a fifteen year old daughter and eight year old boy/girl twins.
I am proud to say that I am a teacher. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be one. I have been teaching in some capacity for my entire life. For twelve years I taught second and third grade, then I taught parent/child classes and preschool at my synagogue, and I have been teaching Hebrew School to first and second graders on Sundays for the past eight years.
I am also a published author. Although I sold my first magazine article to Instructor Magazine in 1988, it would be another sixteen years before I tried writing again. A story request in Twins Magazine about miracle twins led me to write about my children. Stories about my son and daughter have been published in three books- It’s Twins!, Twice the Love, and Chicken Soup for the Soul, Twins and More, all edited by Susan Heim.
How did you originally wind up writing on InfoBarrel?
I needed to find a way to make money at home so I am available to my kids and my mom. I saw a story on my local television news about ways for moms to make money at home, and writing online content was one way these women earned an income.
I found out about Info Barrel on another online writing forum. I liked what I saw and decided to give it a try. I am so glad that I did! One of my favorite quotes is “Bloom where you are planted.” It took a year, and my patience has paid off! I hope that other writers can read my story and give it time…plant yourself at IB and see what happens!
When you aren't writing for InfoBarrel what do you do with yourself?
Taking care of my family is my number one priority. I love to be with my kids and we do crafts, play games, go bike riding, and love to snuggle and watch movies together. We eat dinner as a family every night of the week. It can get noisy, but it is important that we all touch base every day.
I am an exercise fanatic and work out five days a week. I get up at 5:30 in the morning just to make sure I get it in. In fact, I do my best writing when I am exercising! Ideas just pop into my head.
I love to read all kinds of books when I get the chance.
When my twins started elementary school, I was able to ramp up my volunteer efforts. I became my younger daughter’s Girl Scout leader and love to be with my troop. Our school’s PTA is always needing volunteers, so I joined some committees and have made new friends by doing so. I have also recently joined a committee at my synagogue.
Was InfoBarrel your first attempt at building a passive income stream?
Info Barrel was my first serious attempt at building a passive income stream. For 2011, I plan on learning how to do more online to earn passive income and diversify my writing portfolio. I wrote about my goals in this article.
I also have a Girl Scout blog that is a pet project of mine. Many moms who volunteer to be leaders have a hard time starting out. Creating a successful troop meeting is much like creating a successful lesson plan for the classroom. I am using my teaching skills on many levels with my blog.
What do you like about InfoBarrel?
I love the freedom to write about any topic in a variety of styles. In particular, I like the other writers and how helpful they have been to me. If they weren’t, I would not be writing this now! I knew absolutely nothing about earning money online by writing before coming here.
The great revenue share and the ability to earn more money with contests and is a major plus for all the writers here on Info Barrel.
I also like how the administrators respond quickly to the questions and concerns of the writers. It means you listen, which is a rare thing in business.
What features would you like to see in InfoBarrel 2.0?
I would love to see a private messaging system, as well as a way to search for my own articles and the forums in a much easier manner. I would also like a way to save my favorite articles.
At what point did you realize that you could make a serious income on InfoBarrel?
Thanks to carrying my twins around all the time, I injured my left rotator cuff. After being in pain for six-and-a-half years, I was finally able to have much-needed surgery. I wrote very few articles while recovering this summer, but over July and August, I earned more than enough to make payout! This proved to me that Info Barrel was a very real way for me to earn an income at home.
How much are you currently making and what are your goals for the future?
Since August, I have made payout every month. I went from earning $4.78 cents in February to earning $176.93 in November. I am even earning about twelve dollars at Chitika each month. To date, I have made no Amazon sales!
My goal for the future is to optimize everything I have written so I am earning at least $1,000 a month or even better by the end of 2011. I learn so much from the IB community, I want to do it all and make enough money to pay our mortgage and my daughter’s college tuition, which is only two years away
I am planning a year-long series of articles about my goals and sharing what happens. It is my intention to make the most of all of the online opportunities available to me.
What is your favorite article that you've published and your favorite article from another IB writer?
It’s hard to pick a favorite article of mine. My article on Overcoming Adoption Fears speaks from my heart. I am a mother through biology and adoption, and I love all of my kids more than anything in this world. I know many people who have only children who never considered adoption to grow their family. I wrote my article to address the adoption fears that people have, and hopefully provide them with some answers.
My favorite IB article has to be jcmayer777’s entitled Sears Online Employment Application - Get Hired Today! The reason for that is I remember reading it and finally figuring out what SEO was! It was my light bulb moment!
What would you do if you won the lottery :D?
Hmmm… that is a tough one, because there is so much I would love to do! Besides permitting my husband to quit his job and securing fully funded college educations for our three children, I would love to help some special people in my life who could use it.
I would gut my house and redo my kitchen, put in an awesome underground pool with all of the extras, and put in a media room. I would also love to travel first class anywhere and hire a cleaning company so I would never have to clean my house again!
There are organizations that I would love to donate to on a large scale, like my synagogue, my children’s schools, and the adoption agency from where we grew our family. I would also want to start my own non-profit organization. I would make sure that children have lots of books to read, because reading is a pathway to dreams, as well as and plenty of food to eat and clothing to wear.
I want to thank you for giving me an opportunity for sharing my Info Barrel experience.