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I Promise I Will Start Updating This Again

I have been blogging, just not on this particular site. Mostly, I have been on dreamwidth and tumblr, on my fannish/random update blogs. So I’ve been updating there fairly frequently, both with real life updates, my ongoing job hunt, my brief experiences with Job-Having last year, and fan fiction updates.

I would like to start writing here again, though this was one of the monetized blogs, and I still feel unhappy with my experience with affiliate marketing and my attempts at writing articles for Yahoo Contributor and Examiner.com. (The problem is that I am not very good at being prolific/coming up with good articles in a variety of subjects/building a readership, and also the entire situation was causing me to have anxiety flare ups which are not fun, followed by depression, which are even less fun.)

I am writing a LOT of fan fiction.

So, I am probably going to be disposing of my blogger blogs, and working on a redesign of this particular blog. (I did some messing around with the layout earlier this morning.) It’s still not the way I want it.

I deleted the “professional” tumblr, and switched the “Publicize” over to my fannish tumblr.

I am attempting to find out how to install a donate button, but the directions I found seem to be for the version of WordPress where you are setting it up on your own server, instead of using WordPress.com.

I already have donate buttons on my dreamwidth and tumblr blogs. (Which was much easier to do.)

I’m poking at the idea of starting a Patreon, for my not-yet-posted original fic (and/or this blog).

Things I’m going to be writing about:

Books/Shows/Movies (as usual)

Fannish Things and Observations on Fannish Culture

The Job Hunt and/or Being Insufficiently Employed and Why Universal Basic Income can Happen Any Time Now Because No One is Hiring Me and Freelance Writing is Frustrating

Mental Illness and Ableism Topics

My Current Adventures in Volunteering for an Animal Rescue (Which I am Really Happy About)

My Original Fiction (Possibly a lot of blather about previous Original Fic attempts, worldbuilding, and so on.)

Fan Fiction (About fan fiction, I will not be posting fanfiction here.)

 

 

 

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Some Outlining of my Affiliate Marketing Experience

I have been making a few stabs in the direction of affiliate marketing. Okay that’s not accurate. I have been trying to make affiliate marketing work for me since 2009.

 

So far, I do not have very much to show for it. Part of the problem is that I have mental health issues that make providing consistent content extremely difficult. It can be extremely hard to write when you have something in the back of your head telling you that no matter what you try to do, it is not going to work and that you have never really been good at anything. Because it has a lot of evidence that it is correct. When you are already not doing very well, negative self-talk will gleefully jump on all of your failures at once and suddenly there isn’t a single thing you can do at all because just starting anything is a waste of time. (I have posted about my various difficulties off and on for a while now.) Another problem is that I don’t have a good handle on how to do the self-promotion stuff, even if I understand what I need to do in theory.

Note: Bear in mind that I am aware that no one else has any money either.

  • Amazon Associate: This is involves posting product links and hoping someone follows the link and buys stuff, so I can get a small advertising fee. This is the most successful only in the sense that I occasionally reach the payoff amount.
  • Powell’s Books: This is a similar set up and as far as I can tell, I have gotten NO purchases, even though I set this up specifically for the people who told me that they hated Amazon but would be interested in Powell’s links. (I might be a little exasperated by this, even with awareness that everyone else is also having money problems.)
  • AdSense: This is pay per click I do not get enough hits to get a lot of clicks. I have yet to reach the payoff amount.
  • Sponsored Tweets/Social Sparks: I am not getting very many offers and the paid advertising is for companies I generally don’t use product from.
  • For a while, I was also using an affiliate marketing company I can’t remember the name of right now. I am not currently using it because if you don’t make money within a certain period, they kick you out.

None of the affiliate marketing programs I’m in have earned me enough money to get tax information, that is to say, they are not making me solvent.

So, my general approach with advertising is to avoid being overly aggressive and to avoid cluttering my blogs with too many ads. (Also, I won’t use video ads because they are terrible and stupid.) This may or may not be a good approach but it’s certainly the preferable approach since I really hate the kind of cluttering I see on other sites. I also try to avoid spamming on twitter and other social media sites because that doesn’t seem to help very much either.

I think a lot of my difficulties have to do with providing interesting content and interacting with my (potential) audience. Again, the problem there is the ongoing mental and health issues that make writing difficult. I could quite conceivably write a lot about the ongoing mental and health issues and my difficulties with finding help and not being able to scrape together the funds and resources to get that help, since that is mostly what’s on my mind, but there seems to be a general consensus in the greater blogosphere that blogging about one’s mental and physical health problems causes disinterest and disaffection. (This is possibly because the market for ranting about mental and health issues is very niche.) This does not of course stop me from writing about it, but still.

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For Various Reasons, Basic Income Looks Like a Good Idea to Me

So I was reading through one of my blog rolls and someone posted some articles about basic income and job scarcity.

Next Big Future

A basic income of about $10,000 per US citizen would work mathematically

(Warning for TOO MANY ADS. Seriously, I feel embarrassed for the person behind this blog. Interesting article but the HUGE ADS get in the way. On the other hand, maybe huge ads work for them better than my nice relatively discreet ads. Maybe they get more clicks and therefore money than I do because of people accidentally clicking on the huge ads.)

TechCrunch  

America Has Hit “Peak Jobs”

(This article is also good but extremely depressing. There is some mention of the concept of a “post-scarcity society.” The author does not seem very optimistic about one occurring.)

The New York Times (Magazine)

Meanwhile in Europe…

Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive

(Another interesting article that also mentions the “basic income” concept as applied to the US, as a method of fixing some of the welfare problems. [Said welfare problems include: multiple places you have to apply to get services, tons of paperwork to see if you qualify, and so on. I am also mentioning “stupid people complaining that you have a cell phone,” but that is a different rant.])

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Update on a Number of Fronts

After getting a severe run around with the mental health services provider I was attempting to work with, I was told the brief evaluation I received indicated I wasn’t seriously mentally ill, and did not qualify for SMI benefits. (Oddly enough, the person who did the initially evaluation felt differently about it, because she’s the one who indicated that I should go for SMI benefits. Not so oddly, people who actually know more of what I’ve been going through for the past three years agree that I am not well.) I am not going to appeal, but I am going to continue to seek help. Continue reading

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