Try NOT Going at This for the Money
Several posts have gone up about dissatisfaction with the rate earned here on this site so far. And, although I really wanted to write about something other than PersonaPaper this time, but I see some folks feeling some pain and I want to help.
What is your “mission statement?” If your mission statement either begins with or includes “to make money at...” or “to make money by...” or some variation thereof, slap yourself. Hard. Now.
No, it's not.
The action of making money is a result – not the mission. If your mission – truly, deep-down, in your most private, secret places in your heart is just to make money, yours is a sad, tasteless life, indeed.
I don't care how well off you think you are either. It's an illusion and I pity you.
Money is a tool and nothing more. The idea of writing is to carry a message out to others. Allow me to try illustrating.
Perhaps you've heard of Chef Gordon Ramsey, of “Hell's Kitchen” fame. (If not, this is the Internet. Go look him up.) Have you ever once, on his show, heard him talk about the money, when it came to his work (Beyond the prize for the contestants, I mean.)? No. It's about the food. It's not even really about the food. His passion is to make others happy by feeding them well.
In the course of making others happy by feeding them well, he happens to have become quite a successful chef. And, as a result, he has become wealthy.
Take his money away and he would probably end up with more, as long as he's still working from wherein he finds his passion – making others happy by feeding them the highest-quality food.
Those who go for just the money have the cart before the horse.
Maybe I can put it like this: Pretend the government came in and started requiring all writers to write one post a day – absolutely free. It could be any topic. It could be any style but it had to be every single day and you were given nothing for it.
What would you write about? There's your mission, my friend. Others will feel your energy right through their screens. That energy – for better or for worse – will bring you your readers and therefore your money.
You can keep sending out your otherwise inert energies, programmed with “I need money” and you can bet they will return with “Yes, you do need money, don't you,” as sure as anything. I've made this mistake myself for years, so I know it works.
Or, you can send out your energies, programmed with what you're passionate about and the Universe itself will also respond in kind. (PersonaPaper itself just so happens to be the second time those energies came back to me with precisely what I - and others - focused upon.)
The choice is yours.