If you celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope you had a wonderful day of love, laughter, and rousing conversations. If you do not recognize Thanksgiving, I hope your Thursday was one worth giving thanks for.
Yes, the Mailbag is back! Who am I to ignore popular demand? It may not be like the Mailbag of old, but it will still be something for you all to look forward to. If you do have questions, email them to me at email@example.com. Do not put questions in a forum post because I don’t visit the forums. Never have, never will, that’s just the way I rock no roll.
And, if there are no questions, I’ll just wing it and try to write about something you will find interesting.
How’s that? Is it a format you can all live with? It’s not perfect; it certainly isn’t like having a comment section on every Hub; but at least it’s the Mailbag every Monday.
Freelancing and Profitability
Someone asked me recently, and I admit I don’t know who it was, if it is still profitable being a freelance writer.
Oh my, yes!
Listen, just using me as an example. I make about $200 per week writing content articles for businesses. I spend about ten hours per week doing that, which figures out to $20 per hour. The thing is, I could do a lot more. I could make a lot more. I have chosen a level of hustling that I am comfortable with, and after that I turn down gigs. If I was in my thirties, scrambling for every freelance gig I could find, I have no doubt I could make $500 per week or more, especially now that I am established and I know what I’m doing.
There is a key point to this, though: I worked to get to this position. For the first couple years of freelancing, I had to learn my craft, I had to read everything I could find about freelancing, and I had to build my brand and prove I had what it takes.
So yes, most definitely, it is still profitable to be a freelance writer. I make about $800 per month and I hardly break a sweat doing it. For those of you just starting out, you won’t make that kind of money in the beginning, but if you work hard, work smart, and learn along the way, you can make decent money freelance writing.
If I could have a do-over, and I knew then what I know now, I would have concentrated my efforts on YouTube. Those cats make some serious money. There’s a channel called “The World According To Briggs” where the dude makes close to a million bucks per year on his channel. I feel safe in saying you won’t make that kind of money on HP.
Deleting Hp Account and Adsense
From Rasma: “As you know I have been mostly posting poetry on HP. To this day I have not made a cent, Since no more commenting is the future if I want to delete my account how can I do this and keep copyright of all to the content I have on the site, Also perhaps you know I signed up for Google Adsense when I started on HP but waa living in Latvina, Now supposedly I have been notified that about 45 Euro is ready to be paid to me but there is no way to change the place where I live, I have tried contacting HP about this to see if they can change the location for me but they have not answered, Can you suggest what I can do about this I would not want to lose that money, Thank you and all the best to you,”
Hi Rasma! As for closing your HP account, I found this in the Q&A section:
Regarding keeping your copyright, that’s automatic, but I would play it safe and delete all of your hubs from HP before closing your account.
The Google Adsense question is the toughest of the three. I found this in the Q&A section of the Google Adsense site:
Changing your payment country
Unfortunately it's not possible to change the country of your payment address in AdSense. If you've moved to a new country or territory, you'll need to cancel your existing Adsense account and create a new Adsense Account.
Sorry, but it doesn’t sound good for you getting that payment.
From MizB: Bill mentioned that he had a Facebook page. I don't recall knowing that. What name is it under? Please post that for us, Bill, as I would be honored to be your friend on Facebook.
Ask and ye shall receive, MizB:
I look forward to seeing you on Facebook.
I was watching an episode of The Voice the other night. One singer came on, a lady about forty-years old, she had spent a couple decades as a background singer for some pretty big names in the music industry, and she said this is her best shot at being a solo performer. She was technically perfect. Wonderful voice. Never hit a bad note, had terrific range, she sang a perfect cover of the original artist’s song.
But she lacked nuance. She lacked that certain something that would make that song unique in her style. She was like a brilliant art forger who could paint an almost perfect Rembrandt, but who would have a very hard time painting anything outstanding using just her skills.
She lacked that certain something that separates the hopefuls from those who have arrived.
The point of all that is this: be your own writer. Do not try to be like someone else. Develop your own style, your own unique way of creating a story or novel or article that the world has not seen before. Stamp your brand on it, be proud of it, and continue to develop your craft. Maybe, someday, writers just starting out will try to emulate your style, and wouldn’t that be a shot of ego-boooster?
A Day of Thanks
Thanksgiving always seemed like a weird holiday to me. Like why would we need to be reminded that we have things to be thankful for? We all have so much. We are all so blessed. And why do they always have one of the worst pro football games of the year on Thanksgiving? When was the last time the Detroit Lions had a winning season?
Thank you for being a part of my universe. You are all appreciated, probably more so than you realize. I am grateful for each and every one of you.
2021 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)
“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”