Starting Over as a Blogger, Cartoonist and Vlogger in 2021
I remember the day I first decided to become a blogger.
It was March 10, 2012.
I was supposed to be at my new job.
But I wasn’t there.
Instead, I was sitting in my car at a gas station a few miles away, crying my brains out because I was about to lose that job due to my anxiety attacks. I had no idea how I was going to break the bad news to my wife.
This wasn’t the first time I lost a job because of anxiety and depression.
No, this was more like Job #27 – but who’s counting.
Blogs, Content Mills, Niche Sites and Comics
I pulled out my iphone and googled something about being a loser and not being able to do normal things like I used to and wtf is wrong with me.
That’s when I landed on a blog from some guy named Shane Dayton who talked about how he made money online by writing articles for blogs and websites as a freelance writer and blogger.
He worked from home. He didn’t have to punch a clock. He set his own hours. He was his own boss. He made enough money to pay his bills and go on fishing trips with his buddies for weeks at a time.
He was even making money while he was on vacation – called it “passive income”.
I never knew that was a thing.
I was instantly hooked.
So I devoured Master Dayton’s Freelance Writing Blog, joined a blogging membership site he recommended (called The Keyword Academy) and got my first blog up and running on WordPress.
I also joined a site he wrote for called HubPages and began writing articles there to earn passive income too.
Eventually, from fellow writers at HubPages, I learned about content mills like Textbroker and signed up there. That enabled me to make money writing articles and get paid for them the following week.
So now I was making a little active income while I was building out those passive income streams.
A year or so later, I came across another guy named Spencer Haws who ran a website called Niche Pursuits. He made smaller websites, called “niche sites”, and he made passive income from those by monetizing with Google ads and Amazon affiliate links.
I started several niche sites of my own and was making $600+ per month at one point. I still wasn’t anywhere near a full-time income yet, but I was making hundreds of dollars a month…from home…as a writer.
And that felt pretty damn good.
I even drew some comic strips for an online magazine called WriteHackr and made a couple hundred bucks from that.
More damn goodness.
But then life did its thing again.
The Downward Spiral
Around 2016, largely due to an accumulation of criticism and negativity from others that I let weigh me down, I eventually quit all of it – blogging, freelance writing, affiliate marketing and cartooning.
Retreating back into my shell, and needing money, I soon went back to being an anonymous ghostwriter for content mills, writing short little SEO articles for like ten bucks a piece.
I wasn’t making much per month, but the potential was there. So I decided to go ALL IN on Textbroker. I was actually making good progress for a few months (earning $600+ per month), but eventually it ended like everything else I attempted before.
Anyway…now I’m here at the tail end of 2020.
Eight years into my blogging journey and I’m starting over YET AGAIN.
So what am I going to do?
For starters, I’m not going to quit blogging this time around.
I know that.
I just need to figure out how to get myself unstuck.
While I initially got into blogging as a way to make money and pay bills, real bloggers know that it’s not about the money.
Blogging is life.
You either love it or you don’t.
I’ll probably be blogging til I die, but hopefully I’ll be able to support myself and my family along the way as a nice bonus.
But regardless of the income (or sometimes lack of), and regardless of the critics, I realize that I just need to keep blogging for myself.
I’d like to say that blogging helps me keep my sanity, but the jury’s still out on that one.
But blogging does help me connect with other people, and I’ve had plenty of positive feedback from my blog subscribers and other bloggers over the years to let me know that they like having me around too.
So I’ll keep blogging for passive income. AND I’ll keep blogging for myself. AND I’ll keep blogging for my buddies.
Will I Continue Freelance Writing?
At the end of the last blog post, I hinted at a new gig that came up a couple weeks ago. Well, actually I don’t know if it’s supposed to be a secret thing or whatever. (Some clients like keeping these things on the down low.)
I don’t even know how much the pay is going to be, except that a little birdie hinted that it should be better than what I was making at Textbroker. Am I allowed to talk about it? I don’t know.
Anyway, I really want to do this.
It would mean a significant bump in pay every month, maybe even enough to get on top of my bills. And it seems like a fun way to help other bloggers too, since I’ll be writing tips and tutorials for beginning bloggers and WordPress website admins.
I’m struggling to get the words out, though, and I am way behind on my sample articles. I’m still stuck in that rut that I’ve been in for so long.
After 10 days straight of zero progress, I decided to try blogging again in the hopes that it might prime the pump and get some words flowing. It actually helped a little so far, so hopefully I can get this thing moving before I lose this opportunity.
Wish me luck.
Coming Up in 2021
The new freelance writing gig should be more than enough to keep me busy for these last couple months of 2020. That’s my priority. I hope to get this new workload nailed down by then so that I can get off to a good restart with blogging, vlogging and cartooning when January rolls around.
I finally have my blog categories and topics/subject matter figured out (well, mostly).
And I’m getting ready to split my YouTube content up into three separate channels, since not all my subscribers are into my vlog lol. I’ll have one channel for freelance writing and blogging stuff, one for cartooning stuff and the main channel will be my daily vlog (daily-ish).
I’m still deciding if I want to keep my old content or just delete it all and start fresh. We’ll see. I’ll figure it out and get it all set up by the end of 2020.
Anyway, last January, I was in a total funk and was pretty much missing in action around New Years. But I have a feeling that things are going to be a lot different this time.
I’ll keep you posted. – Chris
So how are you doing with your freelance writing/blogging/art goals (or whatever it is that brought you to my blog).
Let me know in the comments section down below.