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What do Online Writers do All Day?

If you want to make a career from online writing, then you might wonder what do online writers do all day. Well, as with all flexible jobs the days can vary immensely - some days it involves wandering round in your PJs eating toast as you've no inspiration,the next day it might be writing 1-5 posts for paying clients.

But, if you're an online writer you really need to do less toast eating and more actual writing, hoping to attract those lovely clients by showing them a great portfolio of what you can do. Or, simply writing your own thing on your own blog or website.

So I thought I'd share today's Writers' Secrets with you - to let you know how my day's gone now it's just an hour before lunchtime.

  • First act of the day is to log into my Google Adsense account - to check [a] it's still running [b] how well did I do yesterday. With spirits deflated it's back to the real task of building a writing empire that generates a passive income, a residual income, so I don't have to stay in and eat toast, but will be able to afford to become one of the Ladies Who Lunch set.
  • First on the agenda was a swift post on PersonaPaper as I'd been kept awake by my smoke detector beeping!
  • Next on the agenda, a quick check of my diary - what's happening in the world that I know about? And I spot it, there's something I can write about, right there in the diary. So I load up one of my old sites (it was on the list to start resurrecting that one next month, but today's a good day to start). Having logged in, update the system as required (new plugins) and check the past stats. It's still running and has been getting itself 50 visitors/day since I last logged in some 6 months ago.
  • Next, write a piece for my website. That was good. Find a suitable photo I'd taken in the past, resize it and upload it. Research some facts and figures - and I published that first post of the day. Off to G+ to give that a swift promote, then off to Pinterest for a quick, timely pin.
  • Next it was to create three new drafts, I write three drafts/day for another site I have just spent the last month resurrecting, so that's part of the daily routine now. Next, came up with an idea of what to write about here on PP, although I've not used it in this post it's in the bag!
  • Next, over to another writing site - check the minimum criteria for that one, to see if it's changed since I wrote there last month (doesn't time fly when you're eating toast without any inspiration?) - and I wrote a post there. Minimum 200 words required there, found and added an image I'd taken - had to have 3 attempts at uploading that as it didn't meet their minimum size criteria. Fiddled a bit more, then published that. Then it was off to G+ to promote that post - and off to Twitter for a quick Tweet.

So, it's now nearly 12:30 and I've already done some work ... how well that's received, or if it brings long-term benefits, only time will tell.

So what's next? Well, I've household stuff I should do, but I am now in the writing zone, so I'll probably knock out three posts from yesterday's drafts on my own website, promote those and then it's time to pop back here and read posts to see how you guys spent your day! And for the rest of the day and into the evening I'll randomly read, comment on posts here and occasionally check Google to see if the month's going to end on a high or not, as the month ends tomorrow!




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bestwriter wrote on February 27, 2015, 7:37 AM

I am not a dedicated online writer. At the moment I just concentrate here and get some relaxing moments.

maxeen wrote on February 27, 2015, 7:39 AM

You're a blooming whirlwind ! No wonder your alarm is bleeping non-stop ! Hope it all pays off for your determination...

BeadDoodler wrote on February 27, 2015, 7:39 AM

You've had a busy day. I long for the time when I could sit at the computer and just do my thing and look up to see that three or four hours had passed. Now my hip and back are constant reminders of the time I've spent at the computer, demanding that I move every 30 minutes or so, and it seriously hampers my concentration. Keep up the good work (when the inspiration strikes).

Kungfu123 wrote on February 27, 2015, 7:43 AM

I think it's too bored to be a full-time online writer. You see, you have to face the computer all day without communicating with the real persons.

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 27, 2015, 8:51 AM

Keep it up and you might soon be doing the lunch thing.

Nar2Reviews wrote on February 27, 2015, 9:57 AM

Sadly I can't be done with Adsense. I do check my Google Account & You Tube account but very little has added up and to be honest i earn more writing product reviews.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 27, 2015, 10:39 AM

When do you find time to tweet? If I turn from my writing just to tweet or Facebook someone, OMG I need another day for that. Good post. Looks like you like to stay busy. You remind me of my latest customer service manager at OfficeMax. He was always with the books, answering phones, in and out of the office. In a virtual way that's what we're a lot like. Minute managers. LOL.

AliCanary wrote on February 27, 2015, 11:15 AM

Wow, what a productive morning you've had! I've brushed my teeth, anyway.

LeaPea2417 wrote on February 27, 2015, 11:16 AM

That has always been a dream of mine to be a full time online writer. I hope to make it happen one day.

UK_Writer wrote on February 27, 2015, 11:49 AM

I have a whole living to earn, sole income, everything's down to me. Everything.

UK_Writer wrote on February 27, 2015, 11:51 AM

I do keep trying, but I've usually found I put a few hundred hours into something, before life gets in the way or something changes and the end result means I wasted that time. e.g. look at Bubblews - sites like Bubblews where you invest heavily up front to get up to speed, improve, promote, that then change the rules are the bane of my life. There's always some site I'm making fab money at that suddenly shuts down or changes payments. Even ebay did it some years back when they restructured their payment model, the bar stewards, I was onto a good little income there.....

UK_Writer wrote on February 27, 2015, 11:52 AM

It comes and goes. When the urge to do something and write hits it's then non-stop for days on end before I hit a brick wall and eat toast for a week and pace about :)

UK_Writer wrote on February 27, 2015, 11:52 AM

The alternative would be to try to get a "proper job"and I don't do well at interviews as I say stupid answers :)

UK_Writer wrote on February 27, 2015, 11:53 AM

I did lunch, a cheese toastie, then did a recycling run, taking my old cans and milk bottles to the tip :)

UK_Writer wrote on February 27, 2015, 11:54 AM

I have never used Youtube much - my PC/internet aren't powerful enough - and I've no video camera.

UK_Writer wrote on February 27, 2015, 11:55 AM

All that tweeting and sharing does take time, especially as I then document everything. For everything I write I've a line in a spreadsheet and I note down if/when I shared it.

UK_Writer wrote on February 27, 2015, 11:56 AM

I didn't get round to that until 4pm :) One of the benefits of living alone. Last weekend I got a text from a friend who lives alone asking if I wanted to pop out to the supermarket and garden centre - and when we were out she suddenly said "Oh, I forgot to brush my teeth". It happens :)

UK_Writer wrote on February 27, 2015, 11:57 AM

Why dream? Make it happen. I am making it happen, I have no other income so it HAS to work!

Colibry21 wrote on February 27, 2015, 1:27 PM

I do try to spend as much time writing online as I can, but it's not always easy. I have three kids. So, it's not always easy.

WordChazer wrote on February 27, 2015, 2:25 PM

Write. Research. Source photographs and make sure they can be correctly credited. Search for new business, new markets, new outlets. Promote work on social media. Check emails. Complete the odd occasional survey to vary the online tasks. Go for an occasional walk to focus, clear the mind and blow the cobwebs away. Make like an eBay listing maniac to clear the decks of everything no longer used because every waking second is spent online, writing.

micksy1983 wrote on February 27, 2015, 5:49 PM

great article, I would love to really get paid writing. It seems like a very hard task though?

bestwriter wrote on February 27, 2015, 7:37 PM

Have you tried iwriter. There you are on your own in that you write for individuals.

UK_Writer wrote on February 27, 2015, 8:49 PM

I've not tried any such sites, I've always been too busy fiddling with my websites that I was never happy with so kept writing/tweaking/upgrading, to be honest.

UK_Writer wrote on February 27, 2015, 8:50 PM

That's why houses have a cupboard under the stairs. It's cheaper than daycare.

UK_Writer wrote on February 27, 2015, 8:51 PM

I've nothing to sell on ebay - and it's cold outside so no walking - but, apart from that, our days seem similar.

UK_Writer wrote on February 27, 2015, 8:52 PM

It is hard and there are many different ways to achieve it, but it's not until you travel one path, or another, that you realise what works for you

Colibry21 wrote on February 27, 2015, 9:18 PM

That's a good point. We do have a closet under our stairs actually, although my two eldest have found it to be a fun place to play. So, it could be tricky for me to hide there.

MelissaE wrote on February 27, 2015, 9:19 PM

Writing online is a part time job for me as I teach English most of the time.

cheri wrote on February 28, 2015, 1:52 AM

Until now I cannot figure out how to do that Googleadsense thing. I hope that I can figure it out so it can help me in my blogging.

scheng1 wrote on February 28, 2015, 3:53 AM

It takes more motivation to stay home and write than to work at a full time job.

UK_Writer wrote on February 28, 2015, 8:32 AM

You're supposed to stick the kids in there, then wedge the door shut :)

UK_Writer wrote on February 28, 2015, 8:33 AM

If I taught English I'd find more lucrative ways of earning a part-time income, through teaching English online, or writing test books.

UK_Writer wrote on February 28, 2015, 8:33 AM

It's worth putting in the 2-4 hours to get to the bottom of it once and for all.

UK_Writer wrote on February 28, 2015, 8:34 AM

Well, you have to GET an outside job first. I have been making all my income from online for 8 years - something that employer's "don't get", so it all becomes awkward at interview when they ask what I've been doing :)

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MelissaE wrote on February 28, 2015, 11:35 AM

Ha, ha...I don't want to teach English online. Although I have thought about creating some YOUTUBE videos for English Language Learners. Test materials? Ugh...I'd rather stab myself in the eye.

UK_Writer wrote on March 1, 2015, 2:22 AM

I should do some British humour videos :) for furreners

jiangliu1949 wrote on March 1, 2015, 4:13 AM

I am amazed that you really have a ready 'pen 'and pack so much writing into a day .Far from writing so much ,it is difficult for me to start a post each day on average .

BrenndaMarie wrote on March 1, 2015, 4:59 AM

Your days sounds a lot like mine. It is not easy being a writer, it takes a lot of time and hard work. Good Luck in everything that you do.:)

trufflehunter wrote on March 1, 2015, 8:15 PM

I like how you priotitized your own website above other online writing sites.

UK_Writer wrote on March 4, 2015, 11:04 AM

If I don't write, nobody else is going to shove money through the letterbox.... so it's write or starve :)

UK_Writer wrote on March 4, 2015, 11:05 AM

It takes confidence to press that PUBLISH button - that's the problem. Lots of things to write about and then they seem lame :)

UK_Writer wrote on March 4, 2015, 11:06 AM

It's important. You can own it and have control and continuity. All that time invested ... why do it for free for somebody else, only for them to then either disappear or change the rules :)