As far as I’m concerned, nano takes place in the wrong month. At this point in my life, since I’m still running our window cleaning business and working elsewhere too, November never seems to be the best month for doing Nano. Now if it was in January or February, that would be much better for we have few window jobs those months and I’m not having to work extra hours to get ready for the holiday season, therefore, I would probably get more writing done at the first of the year.
Another thing that I try to get caught up with after the holidays are over with is my bookkeeping for the business as I get behind as the months progress. I do deposits and payroll on a weekly basis if not oftener (for deposits), but putting the invoices into the computer is what I’m really behind on.
This year for several months my daughter wanted to help me with the bookkeeping as a way to pay me back for covering her car insurance for several years. She at least was able to help me stay abreast of things for the first half of a year, but then she got promoted to a different job in the same building. Now she doesn’t have as much time to help out as she did before.
So, here it is again, November and I’m behind not only in my word count but in inputting business paper work also. I don’t know if I’ll ever keep up with it, maybe once (if ever) I am able to retire from my cashiering job-hopefully within the next couple of years.
Each year I think I’m going to have extra time after the holidays to get some research in for articles or posts on my many blogs. I’d really like to check out some of the many places that certain authors have written online material and find out what kind of payment each of them have to the person trying to break into a freelancing career.
For instance, I happened upon a company called Elance several years ago before I began to write articles or blog posts. Later I read that it wasn’t’ the easiest company to make money with as they are able to find folks from other countries that are willing to do the work for a much lower price than those of us in the United States are hoping to make.
When I heard/read that, I discontinued checking out their site for possible writing assignments. Then later still, I read that certain authors were able to make a decent wage from writing using their site and they shared that a person just needs to persist to gain their reputation, which then increases not only their chance to get picked, but also what they are able to charge for the service they provide.
There are several other places now that are run in a similar fashion to Elance, and there are others that are run in a totally manner, yet may work out well for certain types of people looking for specific types of work.
Some of those places no longer offer new authors the change to work with them, such as places like Ehow.com. I used to write articles for them, but a couple of years ago they changed how they do business and now they only allow those with journalism degrees unless the person had already written a large amount of articles previous to the changes being made. For any that had done so, they were able to stay as writers. I was not so lucky, as I only had about fifteen article written over about three years that I was a part of the site.
That was one site where I was able to make money with my writing, but it was related to how many of my viewers clicked on ads on my pages. I probably made approximately one hundred and twenty-five dollars or so and the article that brought in the most income was the one I did about propagating mums. If interested you can find that on www.muchadoaboutmanythings.wordpress.com. It would be one of the first posts I made after starting the blog.
Maybe this new year, I can make the time to do some of the research to complete that idea I’ve had for a while.
So, even though as far as I’m concerned, nano is in the wrong month, that doesn’t mean that I can’t work on projects any other time during the year-whether it’s doing research for an article or working on one of many novel ideas I’ve started years ago. Maybe this next year will be my year to make something like this happen, where I will get a bit further along in this area of my writing than I ever have before.
This post 807, an earlier post on a different blog 940 and some comments made elsewhere 263 bringing today’s totals to 2010.