Monday, July 22, 2013

Textbroker University and Other Thoughts

I won't be able to update my earnings this week until tomorrow when all the results are tallied by the various sites I write for. But I must say I am struggling with Textbroker because there have been very few articles available for me to write this week. In fact all day yesterday, there were only 2 articles available to me, and they were both about subjects I have no knowledge on. Since the client specifically asked for someone with knowledge only to write those articles, I was not able to accept either assignment. The good news is that Friday, I received an email from Textbroker that offered me the chance to sign up for Textbroker University. This program consists of 10 lessons and is designed for people to move up from level 3 to level 4. That has my name written all over it. I did sign up, but so far, have only had a chance to take the first lesson. I have 9 more to go, and then have to write 10 articles for them before I can advance to the next level.At that level, there are usually thousands of assignments available, so there is more money to be made, at a higher rate of earnings. I plan to take the bulk of the lessons tonight when my husband is at a meeting and it will be just me and the dog here at home! She keeps me company when I write and is a very cute writing partner who lets me know when it is time to take a break and get out and get some fresh air! (Of course that really means she just wants to take a walk for her own purposes but I prefer to think she's urging me to take a break because my mind needs it!)
In the meantime, I have realized something very important over the past week: I need to stop looking at myself as a Substitute Teacher who writes on the side, and start thinking of myself as a Writer who substitute teaches on the side!!! I think that switch in my thinking will help me a lot, and get me to the point where that's what I REALLY am! I will be updating soon on my financial progress for last week....


  1. I'm so glad you have the opportunity to participate in Textbroker's university program, and progress to the next level. Good luck!
    The dog is sooo cute! I wish I had a little writing partner! Is he a Chihuahua, at least in part? The ears :) I had a dog with those ears years ago, and I just adored him.
    I like your decision to think of yourself as a writer who subs on the side, rather than a sub teacher and a writer on the side. It is important to take yourself seriously as a writer.
    Good luck, and I look forward to seeing how you do moving forward!
    ~ Kathryn

    1. Kathryn,

      Yes, I am happy Textbroker University came along when it did. I love having the dog around. She's great company. We just came back from a 30 minute walk, which was good because my brain was getting a bit fuzzy! She's actually a dog we adopted from the Humane Society. The best guess is part terrier and part Australian Cattle Dog! I always thought she looked like an overgrown Chihuahua, but at 40 pounds she would be a pretty big one! Yes, I am glad I had that epiphany about being a writer and subbing on the side. It has changed things in my mind and it feels good. Thanks for leaving a comment.

    2. Oh, okay. I had a dog that looked similar to yours (except he was darker), and he was part terrier and part chihuhua, as well as Pomeranian. So I can see the terrier guess :)

  2. I've been doing this "full-time" for over a year now, and all I can say is that emotions are a writer's best friend and worst enemy at the same time. When I'm "in the mood" and I believe in myself, I can be super-productive. But self-doubt is always there, holding me back, causing me to procrastinate or even give up.

    But when you believe in yourself, you can accomplish more than anybody can imagine! Keep working at it Karen. You can do it!

  3. Thanks Chris! You too. You are a very good writer. We both just need to keep working at it. I have been encouraged by Bill Holland and got hold of a 2012 Writer's Market with the listing of magazines that accept freelance articles so am going to give that a go. Have you ever tried that?