Online Writing, have you become desperate?
When you start to write articles for sites like infobarrel or hubpages, you are filled with a lot of ideas. You feel you know what readers want. You start by adding your first article. Once your article goes live, you wait for that first view and comment. You hope people will like your musing and appreciate the thoughts you were trying to convey in your article. All of a sudden the first comment roles in and you read words like " nice article and refreshing perspective". Those few words are enough to send you back to the writing board. You feel you've passed the first hurdle and are ready to bring out more clever and witty articles. By the time you reach your 10th article and are ready for pre-approval (in the case of infobarrel), you would have noticed a few things. First of all, the comments are not always forthcoming and the hundreds if not thousands of views you were expecting just don't seem to materialize. You might blame this on the need to write more articles that are relevant to what people are searching for on the internet. You might also start to feel that your writing is not up to standard. Maybe, you are not cut out to be a writer.
At this stage, you will start to check out successful online writers to see what subjects they are writing about. You will compare their styles to yours and feel that you are a better writer and should be doing much better they are. Well, they obvious know something you don't. You will begin to feel that luck has a part to play in being a successful online writer. You might also feel that luck is not on your side. Well you are not alone in this unlucky boat. At this point in your writing experience, you will become disillusioned and all your brilliant ideas will just suddenly start to dry up. Once this happens, you will soon let desperation set in and that is when the real problem begins. When you write out of sheer desperation, your articles will become bland and devoid of any depth. You might be tempted to give up and spend your time doing something less demanding. There might be hope in the horizon if you are patient enough.
How do you cope with desperation when writing online? Here are a few things you can do:
Be true to yourself and don't try to write like someone you are not. If what you write doesn't inspire you, how will it inspire others? You have to find your own style and make it work for you.
The meaning of success is relative. If you want to quantify success by how much money you make then, you might be in for a shock. Most writers struggle during the first year to make any decent money(what is decent?). If you can pass the hurdle of the first year, you might one day become truly successful.
Don't be fooled by SEO oriented writings. There is only so much you can write about trending topics and making money. If you give your articles time to mature, you will soon start to see the reward of your work.
Time is a healer when it comes to online writing. You need time to come up with a body of work. You need time to find your style. You need time to understand the ins and outs of shared content writing. You need time to rejuvenate. You cannot keep producing quality articles on a weekly basis. Time is your friend and can also be a foe.
Don't forget to make writing enjoyable and rewarding. The financial side will come as long as you keep at it and don't let desperation get the better of you.