Thousands, if not millions, of people have figured out how to make their writing skills pay their bills.
I have, and you can too.
Don’t worry, though, this post is neither a cheesy sales page nor any other sly way to get you to buy something from me. This is, however, a way for you to learn about why I write and why I think you should too.
Why write for a living?
Writing can be emotionally rewarding at the very least. Even better, you can make writing pay the bills. Whether you are technically inclined and want to write technical manuals, or you have a lot of hands on experience with pets and want to blog for veterinarians, learning to make writing pay can change your life just as it changed mine.
I use writing to communicate, to show my emotions, and even to pay the bills. Not only has writing gotten me out of a some tough situations, but I’d be lost without it. Anyone who knows me knows that writing saved my life – quite literally in fact. That’s a story for another day, though. The point is that writing changed my life, and it can change yours too, but you don’t have to take my word for it…
Check out the hard numbers…
Writing gives everyone a chance to express their thoughts in way that some people find easier than talking. This is one of the many reasons so many people have started websites and blogs. While there are no truly reliable statistics about the exact number of blogs on the Internet, I’ve found a few websites that keep track of a few data sets, some of which go back to when writing online was made possible in the early 1990s.
Some of the information includes how many websites go live each day, how many people use WordPress, and a few other related facts. According to Netcraft survey from December 2012 and from Internet World Stats 2012:
- As of June 2012, 2,405,518,376 people had an active internet connection
- As of December 2012, more than 654 million websites were live
- Of the total number of live websites, 51 million went live in 2012 alone
From personal experience I’d estimate that at least 85 percent of the websites I’ve visited were either standalone blogs, or commercial sites that had a blog attached. If you were to apply my personal experience with the numbers from the above statistics, it would mean that in 2012, there were approximately 43.3 million new blogs that went live in 2012.
That’s a lot of blogs
And that’s a lot of people writing online, potentially making money with their writing. Those who don’t probably should at least give it a try.
That’s why I’ll post information in the upcoming weeks and months about how to make your writing pay the bills, and what you need to do if you want to turn your every day skills into a blogging or freelance writing career. All you have to do is read and take action…
Have you thought about becoming a writer? Let me know in the comments!
Don’t forget that sharing is caring…
~~ JC Torpey