Friday, 8 June 2012

Selling Out. Or Whatever.

I know I said I was going to write a story or something for today, but well, I have other things. I can always write a story some other time. Plus I'll be posting more Immortal Space tomorrow. Unless someone has a birthday or something. Jeez it feels like it's been so long since I posted that on time. So, what am I going to talk about today instead? Selling out. Specifically myself.

You see, I find myself in need of money. A fair amount of money. In fact quite a frickin lot. About £1500 to be specific. Don't worry I don't have any debt or anything. This is a personal venture. A very personal venture. If I went specifically in to what it was though then people involved would be all "Seriously, don't do that!". That makes it sound bad, but it's not. It's one of the best things I've ever done. I am planning a trip. A trip I know I will one day make, but would like to make as soon as possible.

This though, does leave me in a bit of a predicament. I am by no means poor, but I can't really say to my folks "hey, could I have a couple hundred quid?". If I want to do this, then chances are I'm going to have to save up. However because of my current jobless status, I only get £200 a month, only 100 of which can be saved. Plus to save up £100 a month it means I can spend NO MONEY. I can't spend a single penny on myself. I could pay less board to my dad, but it feels like I'm cheating him if I don't give him anything.

You'd think that after having a blog for almost a year (it really has been that long) I would have something marketable. But I don't really. It's not like I make comics, or anything. I'm a craptacular artist, and it's not like I've spouted any catchphrases or any distinct iconography. That is, there's nothing I've done I could put on a t-shirt or a mug, or anything. The only thing I really have that I could sell is my writing. I have no idea how to break in to the writing industry though. I have no idea how to be a freelance writer and send my things to places. Or get published. Plus I don't think I'm much of an article writer anyway.

I could try asking for donations but I would feel dirty doing that. If I was desperate, if I was about to lose my house or something (not likely as my dad owns the house) then I would feel less bad about it.

I don't really know what the point is. I guess the point is that if you know ways to improve my financial situation, if you think that maybe I could in fact find something to put on something, then let me know. Or suggest ways for me to get my writing out there. Like I said though, I'm not much of a writer. Well, not much of an article writer. Unless one of you will pay me to write something. That would be cool, but I think I'd feel bad about charging you guys. Still, that's an idea.

So far though, freelance writing seems to be maybe my best choice. I don't have enough short stories or poems to release a collection or anything, and I have no bright ideas.

So I guess what the actual main point of this post was, I need money to do something daringly awesome and without any ideas or anything it's going to take months. Over a year actually. I don't think I can wait that long.

For giggles I took a typing test. I got some pretty good results actually.

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  1. I can so guess what this is all about ;-)

    Good luck with getting the money together! There is always publishing on Kindle as it doesn't require any start up - however, unless whatever you wrote went viral, I don't you can rely on it. Also, it would take too much time. If I come up with anything I'll let you know.

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    1. Well like I said I don't have enough of something written to release something like a book, or I'd do that. Thank you though. I don't think anyone really has any question about what I'm doing :P

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  2. Freelance writing is a tough gig, but it is quite a good way to make money if people pay attention to you. have you tried things like craigs list for 'writers wanted' listings? There are some pretty good competitions out there too that pay if you win.. http://www.prizemagic.co.uk/html/writing_comps.htm

    Hope this helps :)(and good luck!)

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    1. I've not tried Craigslist actually. I didn't know they had things like that. I'd like to give a writing competition a shot, but I doubt I have the confidence. Thank you though :)

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    2. No problem :) good luck x

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  3. ...you'll be traveling to Leah won't you? ;D

    Hold on, got a guest here now. I'll get back to you over this later.

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    1. If I can. I expect you to have a few good ideas. Or hope you do anyway.

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    2. Dude that's a good cause. Hold on while I pester my mom into letting me use her PayPal account. (Fuckers locked mine down when they found out I'm not 18 yet.)

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    3. I love you man, I really do <3

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  4. Well, I know of a couple options for bloggers to make money. One is payperpost.com . I almost tried it back in say...2007 or 2006, I think it was. The fact it is still around, perhaps, may mean it's legit. Anyway, the gimmick is, you write articles for advertisers, and they pay you for it. You would have to put the article in your blog though. I think the reason I didn't go through with it, is because my blog wasn't getting very much traffic at the time, so I was too far down the totem pole as far as getting chosen to write the articles. Also, I think I finally decided not to screw up my blog by including posts that were advertisements. Maybe if there is anyone out there in the blogging audience, who has tried it, they can lend some insight. A better option, creatively speaking, is projectwonderful.com . You can provide ad space for bloggers wanting to advertise their blogs. At least 90% of the blogs there are about comic strips, and art,and those types of things... and not penis enlargement pills or home owners insurance, and all that business....so that is good, I suppose. It works like an auction. You can start the bidding at zero. Someone takes the ad space, then someone might outbid them. I suppose if advertisers find they are getting a lot of traffic from their ad on your blog, you could end up making some good money. Though, these ideas are still long term things... I don't know, you might find them helpful, or maybe not. You seem really dedicated to blogging on a daily basis, so these options might work better for you than me...I found them too tedious and time consuming.

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    1. This could also work: http://sponsoredtweets.com/tweeters/frequenty-asked-questions/ :)

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    2. Thanks a lot for all the help Jimmy. I think I might get enough traffic to be able to get away with that. Well, make a little something anyway. I can give projectwonderful a look too. I'm dedicated to getting some money too if I can. Thank you too Charlotte but I doubt I have the follower base for sponsored tweets :)

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  5. I'm sorry that you're in need of so much money man, what's it for, if it's something that you're seriously desperate for I'm sure some of us here at Blogger could maybe chip in or something for you man, I don't know, it is a lot of money like, hope things are okay though.

    When it comes to online money making I guess the best way would be freelance writing, you should definitely look into it for sure man.

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    1. Things are fine. I just want to take a trip. With it being something this personal, and possibly frivolous, I wouldn't feel right asking people to chip in. The problem I have with freelance writing is that I have no real way to get a headstart in it, but thanks to some comments I might be able to try something at least.

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  6. I work part-time doing something that can be incredibly boring, and equally rewarding. Part-time work does not pay the bills. I am also a freelance writer. You know what that means? Rejection. A lot of it. Boredom. Even more of that.
    I know exactly what you need that money for. I do, I do. :)

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    1. Well thanks to living with my dad I don't really have to pay the bills. Yet. You did indeed know just what I needed the money for :) I really hope I can make it happen.

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  7. I'm pretty sure why you need ZE GREEN BILLS!
    As is everyone else, but anyway.

    Well, I can't tell you anything, as I myself have no good income other than my allowance, but I'd say leave no stone unturned in your search for a job. Go into restaurants and ask, for Twitter's sake. Who knows, maybe you can come up with writing about flipping burgers at the grill.

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    1. Most people seem to have guessed why.

      I don't really have the confidence for that , it's why I'd prefer something I can do at home, such as freelance writing.

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  8. Copy intire posts you've done and put them on mugs, so the mug is covered in writing! Though I wouldn't buy one... but thats cause I have no money.

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    1. That is a decent idea but I don't really see it taking off.

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    2. I actually like this idea. I think it would look very beautiful, and I would buy one. Also, I have an idea. Just ask for money. Post a really great Youtube video stating exactly why you need the cash. I don't know of a single female that would not reach deep into their purses for this one.

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    3. Well I brought this up in a Twitter message. I don't know how she'd react to that really, and I don't know how I would either. I don't think I'd be comfortable with doing it.

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    4. It doesn't help we're discussing this on several platforms. Leah has agreed to it so I'm hoping to do something as soon as possible. I don't think I could do it alone though, so any help would be appreciated :)

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  9. whers a refferal link. i'll help.

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  10. I too have no idea to make it in the writing industry. Funny, because my major was writing and they didn't teach us a thing about actually working as a writer. That's why I'm trying to finish this damn novel I'm working on so I have something to show employers.

    Unfortunately, I'm not particularly good at making money. I've come up with idea (such as selling shirts and such), but that requires permits and other lame stuff.

    Also, if you don't mind my asking, what does AdSense do for you because I've been contemplating it, though I don't have nearly as many visitors to my site as you.

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    1. They should probably teach you a thing or two about breaking in to the writing world, that's true. Adsense isn't very good for me. I used to get a payout every few months, but now I barely get anything at all.

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  11. Well, good luck on getting the money for it! I'm sure people would buy your writing if they could! I certainly would :D x

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    1. Hehe well thank you. I don't have anything I can release right now really though sadly.

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  12. Does it HAVE to be writing? What about whoring? Or just coming out with a sex tape? Or selling underwear you've worn to Japanese business men? Or volunteering for scientific experiments? Or writing up a convincing email scam?
    If you do figure out how to monetize your blog, let us know.

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    1. I think it has to be writing really. Sadly prostitution is kind of out of the picture, as is amateur pornography.

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  13. Try to find part-time internet-based jobs. Not necessarily writing-job. There are quite a few out there.

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    1. I can try, whether or not I'm successful is another matter.

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  14. Yeah the writing industry is hard to get into. it's a case of being at the right place at the right time.

    Are you a gambler? I once won over a grand on a roulette table. The first time I'd ever played... Tip if you do: Only gamble with a third of your winnings.

    Plus its a great night out :)

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    1. I don't think I should take up gambling really. I'm not very lucky, and I could end up losing more than I have.

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    1. If jobs were that easy I'd probably have one by now.

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  16. Bonjour mon amie! Ouuchhh thats a lot of money O_O is there no way you'd consider getting a job? i know office work pays well (i know this cos i slugged at office work all last year heh) or jobs in pubs and such always pay well :D

    Other than that you could try and earn money from filling in surveys online? I know it's dull work but it cant be that bad! You could also look on gumtree for freelance writer jobs as I've seen a few posted on there in the past. Im sorry i cant be of more help :( are you taking a trip to see a certain gal by the way? ;) hehehehehe. xxxxxx

    Hope you have a lovely weekend Marcus <3 <3 <3 xxx

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    1. I am willing to get a job, but they aren't too easy to come by.

      I've had a look on gumtree, but couldn't find anything just yet, but thanks for the suggestion :) You were plenty of help don't worry. Yeah I'm hoping to see a certain gal :)

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  17. I think NellieVaughn hit the nail on the head, Mark. We all know what (who) you need the money for...post a YouTube video and tell us your tale, let us help you tell your tale on our blogs and so on and so on and so on...you know it goes.

    Good luck!!!!

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    1. I know how it goes, but I don't think I'd be really comfortable doing that. It'd be a sweet gesture sure, and I'd be very appreciative, but that's a lot I'm going to be owing people.

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    2. People wouldn't do it to have you pay them back, they would do it as a donation...because they care. Because they want to help.

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    3. Aye I know, but I'll still feel like I'll owe them, and I'm not used at all to people caring, and wanting to help.

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    4. That's what makes it special, Mark. People donate because the WANT to help. People love a good LOVE story. They want to see people happy!

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  18. It is hard to make cash and/or get into the writing industry.
    But you've a good style and quite a witty take on things...so write an ebook...I'd buy it

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    1. I'd love to write an ebook, and I have one in the works, but it's going to be some time until it's done.

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  19. I'd take a typing test. But, I'm afraid some jackbooted thugs would take my keyboard away.
    Good luck saving money. Yeah, wouldn't it be great to be paid for doing this? I have managed to sell a couple things-which amazes the frik outta me-but, I still have my regular job.
    And it ain't as a typist.

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    1. I don't even have anything to market really. A job would be cool, but it's not like they grow on trees. Unless you're a fruit picker.

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  20. Freelancing is kind of hard to start. If you're just looking for the quick cash, you can answer adds on the craig's list or there a few other sites that handle that kind of stuff. However, be advised: most of the time, those jobs don't pay well and most of them are posted by people who are getting paid way more to do that and are lazy enough to pay someone much less to do so.

    I'm at the point where I'm getting ready to start freelancing, but it takes a good amount of work. The best way to make decent amounts of money freelancing is to take the time to develop it into a legit side-job (hard to just jump the gun and make it an actual career). Harvest contacts and get a referral system rolling. That's a hard road, one that I'm getting ready to traverse for not only more money, but some experience as well

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    1. Well I could handle that kind of thing really. I don't mind doing other people's work for them. Well, not if I get paid anyway. I checked Craigslist but nothing was there really.

      That is quite a tough journey, and I wish you luck with it. I'm not sure I could do that really.

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  21. if your in dire need of cash you should try them online surveys lol, ive actually heard they pay well. With freelance writing its very competitive and youll struggle to get work. Could you sign up for job seekers?

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    1. They pay alright if you can actually get any surveys. The real money is also made with referrals and I don't really get those.

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  22. I may be the only person in the Bloggosphere that doesn't know what this money's for. But I think I may have pieced it together from everyone else's comments, so if I'm right, good luck :)

    I make a bit of extra money as a mystery shopper. You basically get paid to walk into a store, buy or enquire about something and fill out a report afterwards on the service you received. I also registered to have advertising put on my car, but apparently it'll still be a couple of months before I actually get the advertising.

    There's also seasonal jobs you can get that they usually give to backpackers that I hear pays quite well. If you walk into a backpacker's hostel, they should have a noticeboard in the lobby or something with ads for work wanted.

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  23. so is selling excess organs out of the question?

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  24. The reply button is being douchey. Micheal, thanks for the luck. I would mystery shop but there's nowhere around here really that has one going. No seasonal jobs right now either. Those usually come during the summer holidays and Christmas. I may be able to find one soon though, as the summer is coming.

    Shaw, I'm pretty sure I need all my organs.

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    1. Are you SURE?! Howza bout a kidney? You have one to spare doncha?

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  25. Bam, websites:

    http://www.freelanced.com/?a=247&k=freelance+writing+jobs&n=1&t=1

    http://www.freelancewriting.com/freelance-writing-jobs.php

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