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I Promised Someone an Explanation

(Note: This a long one, but it provides, what I see as, an answer to a rather complex question posed by a fellow PP member.)

Several days ago, in Bloggers and Writers Making a Living on the Web? , I began, "I want to do more with my online presence and making more money by writing...When writing is not fun for me anymore, I will stop. That seems to me to be as bad as prostituting myself in ways that I would also dread."

Avocation, vocation, or...?

The rest of the article spoke of the past sites and some of the successes, but looked more at the overall concept of writing online and whether or not people can make a living writing. I suppose it is not much different than it was for writers to make a living the old-fashioned way.

For some, like me, it is viewed as an avocation--a way to live out my calling. Perhaps, it is a vocation--an occupation. It might be both. But for others, it maybe just a way to knock something out for a buck or two. Each of these "writers" approaches the same task from a much different perspective, each with a means to an end, but approaching it from opposite ends. No one is right or wrong.

I'm confused...

"At the beginning of this article, you say you want to make more money with online writing. However, when you talk about Persona paper, you say you don't regard it as a source of income. If (that is true), why have you been so diligent watching every coin and cent that you have earned?"

This comment poses an excellent point and question, and I can understand how some may view the way I set goals and track them, using the coin count and bank as my markers, as my "being in it for the money."

Please, let me explain...

I use the Persona Paper bank as a tracking system only. It keeps me focused on the completion of my goals. Nothing more. Nothing less.

For those who have followed me for the year I have been active, it is no surprise that I am a goal-setter. I like having goals. It is relatively no different for me than when I trained for a 60-mile, 3-Day walking event. I started out completely sedentary, unable to walk two blocks without being winded. I had six months to train. I needed a plan for each day, block, portion of a mile to push myself. Some days I "failed," unable to achieve it. The next day I pushed harder. I looked forward, never back. I checked it off of my chart.

I need the same thing to stay focused on writing every day. If I do not, I will look back, go back, stop in my tracks. I do not want to do that. I likely would not set up a system myself for my blog, because I need the interaction to write, as I did people to go on training walks with me. But I competed with no one, except to better my distance each day or my strength by lessening my time for the same distance. I use the same principles to stay motivated here.

But what about the money?

I have shared with some that most of the money (90%) I have earned from writing on Associated Content, Yahoo, Bubblews, and now at PP, I have sent to charitable causes, more than half of it to sponsor other walkers raising their $2300 fundraising requirements for the 3-Day event I walked (eight times in six years).

If PP were going to give me a badge or ribbon, instead of money, I would likely find that more motivating, because it represents accomplishment...pushing myself to be the best I can be. Getting a $20 bill is nice, but a ribbon is nicer.

So, why talk about it?

I realized something years ago, when I was in Tupperware as a Consultant, Manager, and Executive Manager (my team was as high as in the nation from the island of Guam). I began to see what motivated most people--consumers, hosts, consultants, and managers alike. For most, it was not the money. It was for the product promotions or the special recognition and prizes; the ribbons and the stickers. Of course, if they were motivated for those things, the sales came, and they made money. Some just wanted to belong to a team.

I went to all the sales conventions. Quite honestly, I did not like them for the "dog and pony" shows. The entertainment. The schmooze. But I understand that is what motivated many people, so I would encourage them, and let them bask in the glory of the performance aspect.

I worked hard. I did not usually much attention to the prizes they would offer if I reached a level. I simply set weekly goals for myself, confident that if I did it, I would reap the rewards. There were a couple of trips that motivated me, but I looked at the minimum goal, and always set a "stretch goal" for myself and my team.

Reaching...stretching...striving for what I think is initially impossible is my motivation. And that is why I watch the progress.

I truly believe if one's motivation is for the accomplishment versus simply the dollar, the outcomes will be greater, and it will not be filled with so much dread. There is a fine line between the two, and some have a more difficult time separating the two. This I understand, as well.

And I share my experiences with others, simply because I want others to know that they CAN reach, stretch, and strive for what they want to accomplish. But they must want it...not looking back, but always forward.

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Copyright © 2015 Coral Levang

Coins: 10872, $16.31, 81%

239 coins to 11,111 goal set for 12 noon PDT 10/13/15

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CoralLevang wrote on October 12, 2015, 9:13 AM

When were you there, &AbbyG ?

CoralLevang wrote on October 12, 2015, 9:16 AM

Did you know Carole Ito or Grace Fujii?

JohnRoberts wrote on October 12, 2015, 9:40 AM

Interesting explaining about your coin watching. It pretty much confirmed what I thought about you and others and myself. It's not about the money. If it was, we wouldn't be here and place our time elsewhere. As you say, it's pursuing goals. It's almost like a game. I used to be active on a quiz site and it was all about climbing the point ladder. No money. Just seeing your ranking go higher ans higher. Sort of an analogy.

Colibry21 wrote on October 12, 2015, 9:45 AM

It sure makes a lot of sense. I did like to read why you keep an eye on your coins.

CoralLevang wrote on October 12, 2015, 9:58 AM

And as long as people understand that, then they need to personally the money factor out of the thought process and just write. Then the money will come as it is designed to do so, by this or any other site. It will be slow to fruition with one or two articles a week and no interaction. It will be more if one were to double the activity.... If it's the money that is the motivator, then this site is not the right one.

I agree... It is like a game to me. That's all. Thanks for the comment.

CoralLevang wrote on October 12, 2015, 10:01 AM

I'm not sure what years you were in TW, but Carole and Grace were icons. I think Grace must be in her 70s or ? now. Carole is probably a my age or a little older. They were both very big in TW for many years. I saw them at all the conventions. I miss those days. We all had fun.

CoralLevang wrote on October 12, 2015, 10:01 AM

Thank you, Colibry21

Feisty56 wrote on October 12, 2015, 10:34 AM

I'm so glad that you and lexiconlover and others share your goals, progress and milestones. It is motivating and inspirational to me, as I'm sure it is to others. Those posts provide insights as to what can be accomplished here with determination and time well spent. The money itself is not a motivator for me, either, not that I'm flush with cash, but because I have internal goals, that when reached, provide me the prize I am seeking.

markgraham wrote on October 12, 2015, 10:40 AM

I see writing anywhere as a vocation and as avocation. Writing for PP you sign up you have to give a sample of your writing before you begin and what kind of experience that you can share with others.

CoralLevang wrote on October 12, 2015, 10:42 AM

emoticon :smile: I still want the damned ribbon/badge! LOL

I live on a very limited income right now. Still cannot get SSDI. *RME* "Your cancer isn't bad enough." So, I have to work. PP isn't work. But I make it work for me. That's how I see it. LOL

Thank you so much for your kind words, Deb. Much appreciated.

Feisty56 wrote on October 12, 2015, 11:06 AM

Ugh! Don't even get me started on SSDI. Their edicts are far from being reasonable a good share of the time. They almost always say "no" the first time around -- an appeal is practically mandatory.

Lol, you need the ribbon or badge, eh? I'll have to see what I can come up with. : )

CoralLevang wrote on October 12, 2015, 11:18 AM

No, now twice. Because I don't whine about my plight and I need to pay my rent, I work part time. Because I do so, I must not be sick enough. Never mind I have pathology reports and all that show I have stage 4 cancer and it won't go anywhere. I don't look sick. I don't act sick.
BUT, if I had a dx based on speculative diagnosis...some of these are about to get the SSDI early on .
I just talked to a SS agent f2f the other day.... she said, "Unfortunately, you will have to quit work completely, then apply. They will send for all your medical records and that will take more than a year, but if work that year, you'll be turned down again.

F*** them.

cheri wrote on October 12, 2015, 10:08 PM

That is how the person keeps track of your posts and an explanation is really needed for that. Lol

Paulie wrote on October 13, 2015, 3:43 AM

CoralLevang . thank you very much for explaining in detail your motivation for writing on Persona Paper. Throughout my life, I have never really set enough goals and tracked them like you. If I had, I probably would have been a lot more successful.

MegL wrote on October 25, 2015, 4:34 PM

Yes, those points and coins are performance indicators only, showing how far you have gone. It's like climbing a mountain, you need to look up to see where you are going. But when it looks too tall, it's good to look back to see just how far you have come.