I have to admit, I have been a bad writer. Admittedly, it's my first time writing on the internet, and Infobarrel has been my first step into writing online. I decided to write because I am an ex-pat living in Africa, and had a lot of time on my hands. Currently I'm a volunteer, without a salary. Writing on the internet and earning a few extra dollars appealed to me. My living costs, including food and transport are somewhere around 300 USD a month, so I figured if I can write and work my way up to this amount, I could support myself here without needing to eat into my savings.

Lets just say its been a rough few months. I did my research carefully, and looked at a lot of different writing sites. Xomba, Hubpages, Infobarrel… you name it. I chose Infobarrel because it seemed to have a lot of potential. So I wrote a few articles, put them up and back-linked a bit. Then I sat back and waited for the dough to roll in. Well, it didn't. I got a large spike in views when I first started out, but that tapered off. Days went by without a single view. After three weeks, I made a total of .01 cent on 70 page views. Needless to say, that was very discouraging. So I just gave up.

Today I logged into my adsense account for kicks and guess what?? My page views are increasing to 2 -5 per day (on only 8 fresh articles with minimal back-linking) and I even made .34 more cents from two clicks! Im up to 137 and growing page views, and my total earnings are up to .35 cents and I expect them to rise. Of course this is nowhere near what other writers here and with other websites earn, but it's a start.

So I have re-examined my online writing strategy, and this has provided me with the jolt that I need to continue on the path to earning a decent residual income. I spent most of the day thinking of new topics to write about, and my mind is full of new ideas.

It's hard to stay motivated to write, especially when the initial payback is so small. But looking at the September earnings of some of the writers here shows that it is possible to reach any goal you set for yourself, as long as it is reasonable. So I am going to set myself a new goal for this year (or what's left of it anyways). My goal is going to be very modest; I would like to put up 100 articles on Infobarrel by the end of this year. Check back in about two and a half months to see if I have succeeded in my goal.