I Promised Someone an Explanation
(Note: This a long one, but it provides, what I see as, an answer to a rather complex question posed by a fellow PP member.)
Several days ago, in Bloggers and Writers Making a Living on the Web? , I began, "I want to do more with my online presence and making more money by writing...When writing is not fun for me anymore, I will stop. That seems to me to be as bad as prostituting myself in ways that I would also dread."
Avocation, vocation, or...?
The rest of the article spoke of the past sites and some of the successes, but looked more at the overall concept of writing online and whether or not people can make a living writing. I suppose it is not much different than it was for writers to make a living the old-fashioned way.
For some, like me, it is viewed as an avocation--a way to live out my calling. Perhaps, it is a vocation--an occupation. It might be both. But for others, it maybe just a way to knock something out for a buck or two. Each of these "writers" approaches the same task from a much different perspective, each with a means to an end, but approaching it from opposite ends. No one is right or wrong.
"At the beginning of this article, you say you want to make more money with online writing. However, when you talk about Persona paper, you say you don't regard it as a source of income. If (that is true), why have you been so diligent watching every coin and cent that you have earned?"
This comment poses an excellent point and question, and I can understand how some may view the way I set goals and track them, using the coin count and bank as my markers, as my "being in it for the money."
Please, let me explain...
I use the Persona Paper bank as a tracking system only. It keeps me focused on the completion of my goals. Nothing more. Nothing less.
For those who have followed me for the year I have been active, it is no surprise that I am a goal-setter. I like having goals. It is relatively no different for me than when I trained for a 60-mile, 3-Day walking event. I started out completely sedentary, unable to walk two blocks without being winded. I had six months to train. I needed a plan for each day, block, portion of a mile to push myself. Some days I "failed," unable to achieve it. The next day I pushed harder. I looked forward, never back. I checked it off of my chart.
I need the same thing to stay focused on writing every day. If I do not, I will look back, go back, stop in my tracks. I do not want to do that. I likely would not set up a system myself for my blog, because I need the interaction to write, as I did people to go on training walks with me. But I competed with no one, except to better my distance each day or my strength by lessening my time for the same distance. I use the same principles to stay motivated here.
But what about the money?
I have shared with some that most of the money (90%) I have earned from writing on Associated Content, Yahoo, Bubblews, and now at PP, I have sent to charitable causes, more than half of it to sponsor other walkers raising their $2300 fundraising requirements for the 3-Day event I walked (eight times in six years).
If PP were going to give me a badge or ribbon, instead of money, I would likely find that more motivating, because it represents accomplishment...pushing myself to be the best I can be. Getting a $20 bill is nice, but a ribbon is nicer.
So, why talk about it?
I realized something years ago, when I was in Tupperware as a Consultant, Manager, and Executive Manager (my team was as high as 6 in the nation from the island of Guam). I began to see what motivated most people--consumers, hosts, consultants, and managers alike. For most, it was not the money. It was for the product promotions or the special recognition and prizes; the ribbons and the stickers. Of course, if they were motivated for those things, the sales came, and they made money. Some just wanted to belong to a team.
I went to all the sales conventions. Quite honestly, I did not like them for the "dog and pony" shows. The entertainment. The schmooze. But I understand that is what motivated many people, so I would encourage them, and let them bask in the glory of the performance aspect.
I worked hard. I did not usually much attention to the prizes they would offer if I reached a level. I simply set weekly goals for myself, confident that if I did it, I would reap the rewards. There were a couple of trips that motivated me, but I looked at the minimum goal, and always set a "stretch goal" for myself and my team.
Reaching...stretching...striving for what I think is initially impossible is my motivation. And that is why I watch the progress.
I truly believe if one's motivation is for the accomplishment versus simply the dollar, the outcomes will be greater, and it will not be filled with so much dread. There is a fine line between the two, and some have a more difficult time separating the two. This I understand, as well.
And I share my experiences with others, simply because I want others to know that they CAN reach, stretch, and strive for what they want to accomplish. But they must want it...not looking back, but always forward.
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Copyright © 2015 Coral Levang
Coins: 10872, $16.31, 81%
239 coins to 11,111 goal set for 12 noon PDT 10/13/15
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