Today did not go as planned.
I started out feeling pretty good this morning, since last night I ended on a high note by breaking through my dry spell and finally writing an article for a client team on Textbroker (first article completed in months).
And the pay was actually pretty good for that team (3 cents/word). But it did take an insane amount of work. The client’s instructions are like five pages long!
Anyway, after finishing that article last night, I got up this morning feeling groovy. I was ready to hit the ground running today and knock out another article or 2 for that team. And hopefully I would have some momentum going and finish writing my samples for the new client that pays much better.
I had a good little morning routine action going:
- Got up a little early
- Went for a walk
- Ate a light breakfast
- Did some reading
I read a few pages of Think and Grow Rich. Here’s a line that stuck out to me as I read. You’ve probably heard it before.
Winners never quit! And quitters never win!
It’s pretty cliché by now, but it got me pumped.
No more quitting, baby!
Onward and upward, baby!
Yer the best! Around! And nothing’s gonna ever keep ya down!
Then, after my energizing morning routine, I dropped wifey off at work, settled in at a café with a cup of coffee and my laptop and…
I logged in to Textbroker and had a revision request from last night’s client.
They wanted me to do a ton of revisions and basically rewrite the whole damn thing from scratch.
First, they required all paragraphs to be 2-3 sentences long, and I accidently wrote a couple that were 4 sentences long. Okay, that’s on me. Petty, but no biggie.
But some other issues they wanted me to change were not even mentioned in their lengthy instructions. And some of the criticism was so vague that I wasn’t even sure how to act on it. They even complained about me including necessary info that was implied by the given title and was in the reference sources they gave me.
When you’re a freelance writer, this happens sometimes.
I haven’t encountered it very often, but it happens.
Now, I’ve been a freelance writer for over 8 years and written over 800 articles for clients on Textbroker, including dozens of articles for this specific industry. And I’ve always tried to do my best and be professional.
So I often shake my head when I hear other writers grumbling about clients or editors who want revisions. I mean, just suck it up and make the changes, right? That’s part of being a freelance writer and making your clients happy.
But I dunno.
This time felt different.
This time, I knew right then and there that I was done.
Why Did I Quit Writing for Textbroker?
There are plenty of possible reasons to mention here. And if you’ve followed me for a while, then you know that I actually “quit” Textbroker a couple times in the past.
But I actually worked through most of those stumbling blocks in the past and don’t really take issue with them anymore.
So what changed?
What made me want to quit for good this time?
I think the answer can be summed up in one word – POSTURE.
Over the last year, I’ve been following a long-time pro blogger named Ryan Biddulph. If you’ve spent much time in the online circles that I have, you’ve probably seen Ryan’s byline on a blog post at least once or twice, if not 100 times.
He’s all over the place in the “how to blog” niche. He even wrote a guest post here a few months back.
Anyway, Ryan talks a lot about having posture as a blogger, if you want to go pro. And after hearing him talk about this like a million times, I guess it finally sunk into my head.
So what is posture?
Well, here’s another saying you’ve probably heard:
You can’t fly high up in the clouds with the eagles if you’re scratching around in the dirt with the chickens.
That, my friends, is POSTURE.
Time to Focus on Blogging
Now, I’m not hating on content mills.
I’ve made thousands of dollars at Textbroker alone, and I’m grateful for the experience and the money that I’ve earned there. If I had to go back and do it all over again, I’d still write for Textbroker as a beginner freelance writer. It’s not a bad gig.
But it was way past time for me to move on.
Despite the title of this post being such a downer about quitting, this is really less about quitting writing for clients and more about writing for myself and my own readers and focusing on building passive income streams rather than trading hours for dollars.
Time for me to focus on blogging again.
But There’s a Snag…
My blog hasn’t made a single penny yet.
So making the jump without a safety net in place is scary.
And even though I’ve had Google Ads installed and showing on my site for several months, I’ve been concerned that it wasn’t set up properly because I’ve had literally zero earnings.
In the past, my blogs would have made at least a few pennies in ad revenue by now, even with meager traffic levels.
But setting up monetization was a lot different this time.
The super-easy plugin I used on my previous blogs and niche sites no longer exists.
And there were a lot of confusing messages from Google related to the pandemic – like I had to wait for them to review my website or something. But there was no indication when that might happen and nobody to contact. My review was “pending”…for months.
So I was especially hesitant to quit freelancing and just rely on my blog if my ad code wasn’t showing up properly or if my account was locked for some weird reason.
And despite setting up like 20 WordPress sites over the years, I am not a tech-savvy blogger. I really have no idea how to troubleshoot this issue.
But I made the decision this morning to quit freelancing, and it felt right. So that was that.
And guess what.
After making the decision to quit, I logged into AdSense to try to figure out what’s up with my account and found that I actually did make a little money since the last time I logged in. =D
It was only a buck and change, but it was a massive weight lifted off my chest knowing that my ads are all set up properly and income is coming in.
The timing was perfect.
Here we go again…