I finally reached my Vocal Media payout!
After almost 2 years I finally have enough views to get my first payout.
I don't consider myself a great writer but I am a patient person. Over the last two years I have tried to be as consistent as I could. I've experienced some difficulties but pushed through and it was all worth it. The money isn't a huge deal but it is nice to have a small reward for my efforts. I don't think Vocal Media is for everyone but I really appreciate the great staff that they have and how they've encouraged me to continue to write.
Two years ago my girlfriend at the time had mentioned to me that there was a way to get extra income by writing articles for a then unknown website. I thought it would be a pretty fun way to earn a little cash. Little did I know I came to enjoy the process of writing over the actual money that they were going to give me.
The first year wasn't all that exciting. I had maybe one or two articles that had garnered a nice amount of views. For the most part none of my articles were being viewed. The beauty about Vocal Media is that the numbers don't really matter. It's about the process of writing.
The more you write the easier the words come to you. The first articles that I wrote were difficult to construct. At times I didn't know what category the articles would fall into. Thankfully, Vocal Media has some great staff that were quick to help me with my writing journey. At the time I would be writing a lot of thought and opinion pieces, many of which I probably don't even agree with anymore.
I tried to have at least one article per week. Sometimes I succeeded and some weeks I didn't. There really is no time restrictions for these articles except for the restrictions you put on yourself. The freedom to write in this environment helped encourage me. It doesn't feel like a job, it feels more like a hobby. I started to really enjoy it.
After a while I started writing about movies or video games that I had finished. If you look through my list you'll see a ton of movie reviews. I think this was my easiest path because I'd at least have a subject to talk about. Having a topic or niche makes it much easier to compose an article. With all of the reviews I've written I sort of got into a nice routine. I would play around with it until I sort of got a good template in my head as to what I need to talk about.
The 600 word minimum of these articles started to become really easy to accommodate. Now I often go way over the 600 minimum and I don't really need to check my word count anymore. This has helped me develop the way I write to be more expressive and detailed. I sometimes wish there would be some comments so that I could hear how I could make my articles a little better structurally. Then again, I don't really want to read a whole bunch of troll comments either.
For those that are starting out, I know the challenges you're going through. That goes especially for those that don't consider themselves as great writers. You don't have to be a great writer. Don't think about any of those negative things. Your writing skills aren't going to be judged when you write here unless you submit articles with bad grammar. Articles do go through quality control.
If there is a piece of advice that I'd give new writers, it's that you should just keep going. I chose to write in quantity because every so often one of the articles would start doing well. I know there are a lot of people that would tell you to choose quality over quantity. The problem with this for me is that I get bored really fast and want to go onto the next subject right away.
The problem with writing with quantity in mind is that a lot of your articles aren't going to be read. In almost 2 years I have 352 articles, 48 of these articles don't have 1 view. A third of my articles barely have any views on them. I obtain most of my views from the top 50 articles that I have.
Just so you know, Opinion pieces generally do a lot better than reviews. I guess it's because people have to like the product that you're reviewing in order to even select the article to read. Opinions are usually aimed at everyone so they have a broader potential audience. I still like writing reviews though. It makes me remember the movies and games in a different light causing me to have different perspectives.
There's always a weird little high that I get when I notice that one of the articles seems to have jumped in popularity. It's always nice to know people are checking out what you had written. The only thing is I don't know whether the readers like it or not.
So it was a huge surprise to me today when I realized I finally reached 9212 views. That means I finally meet the minimum payout of $35. I know this isn't a lot of money but hey it'll pay off some of the subscription fees I have to pay in order to watch the movies that I review. It doesn't really cover all my costs but that doesn't really matter.
What matters is that Vocal Media has given me a new found enthusiasm for writing and I think I'll continue to do so. I hope I continue to improve my articles so that I can make better content. Every so often I'll have a great idea to write about. I know there's a lot more people joining Vocal Media. It's going to be very interesting where this little hobby will go.