Doing what I love

The time for Round 31 submissions closed last night. This morning I checked the files which are supposed to keep track of all the Devtome contributors’ ongoing shares and it looks like I have earned closed to 40 shares for that round. I won’t know my exact earnings until the pay script is run and the receiver files are created, but I can say with confidence that the Round 31 payouts will be much better than the Round 30 payouts have been for me.

This is also the time to really plug away at writing so that Round 32 will be another strong one. It’s easy to postpone until halfway through the round, but procrastination then gets to be a habit and a writer ends up with a Round 30. My ongoing goal with Devtome writing is to publish on average 1,000 words a day five days a week, or 5,000 words a week. My overall goal is to get more than 30 shares of writing and then top it out with various other shares I collect for doing various administrative duties. I don’t always get one share for every 1,000 words because lack of page views on my work can penalize me but I figure if I at least aim to write 30,000 words then I’ll get paid for at least 20 or 25. And my page views aren’t horrible since I’ve been with the Devtome for a while. It’s just that I don’t do anything to market my work—for me it’s just easier to write more.

Interest in being a part of the Devtome has tapered off since Christmas. I haven’t gotten a new writer signup request for several days. Time will tell whether or not the existing writers are going to make the most of the opportunity. To me it’s a no brainer: WRITE. Then when I think I’ve written a lot, write some more. But it doesn’t seem so obvious to the majority of participants. Writing consistently actually is not as easy as it sounds. Writing seems easy, but we all have other more difficult or urgent things that are clamoring for our attention and which really do need to get done. For many people writing gets put on the back burner, and never makes it to the front. Each Devtome round lasts a month and a month seems like such a long time. If I don’t write today, I can always write tomorrow, the distracted writer rationalizes. That works out once in a while. There will always be days when it simply doesn’t happen. But if writing gets put off for days and days, then an entire month goes by and with it another round of missed generated earnings.

The price of Devcoin is trending back down again, and this means that overall interest has fallen off. So many writers make the mistake of choosing not to write when they see decreasing prices. That is a serious mistake because the price of Devcoin today is not a reflection of what the price will be when it’s time for the round to pay out. The price of Devcoin wasn’t too stellar during the Round 29 submission time, but it was awesome when Round 29 paid out. Those who published during that time regardless of the price reaped big rewards. The price of Devcoin started to drop as Round 29 payouts drew to a close. The price is not falling as quickly as it did when I first joined, but it is trending downward.

The cryptoworld is full of amazing opportunities and there’s always something that’s about to pay off big just around the corner. I think a lot of people are looking for the next big payout, and it takes some serious online time to research and ferret it out so that you can invest at just the right time. Writing essays for the Devtome takes away from that time, and so it’s easy to let the writing slide because after all, you could miss the real big opportunity because you were too busy clacking away on the keyboard to notice it.

 

The truth is that the same principles which led to people bettering their lives before the Internet and before cryptocurrencies actually still apply today. Slow and steady still wins the race. Perhaps not as literally as in the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare, but in the sense that a strong work ethic will still leave you better off today than you were yesterday. It’s in the fiat world where people are finding this to be less true, and there are more instances of people working hard their entire life and falling further and further behind. Cryptocurrencies have begun the process of leveling the playing field, and early adopters can get places they would have never dreamed possible. But they still have to work at it. The Devtome opportunity is an awesome one but you do have to write to realize its potential in your own life.

When I first joined the Devtome I assumed that I had maybe 3 or 4 months to take advantage of the opportunity and then it would go away as the Devtome got saturated with writers each publishing 50,000 words a month. The fact that this has not happened, nor is it even close to happening, has puzzled me, while at the same time making me happy for the additional time I have. But it goes to show that opportunity doesn’t look the same for everyone.

I have taken advantage of opportunities in the past that it seemed were sure to make me rich and failed at them miserably. The Devtome opportunity turned out to be so well matched to my skills and interests that it seemed way too good to be true, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try. It’s worked well for me but that doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. After all, not everyone is willing to bring their laptop along to their children’s ballet classes and type away during those rare 45 minutes of not having a baby in my arms (the baby stayed home this time, but that doesn’t always happen). Often enough I’m trying to type with the baby on my lap trying to help.

The thing is that writing has become so ingrained in me that I’m going to make the time to do it in one form another no matter what else is going on in my life (besides extreme hardship). I started writing stories and keeping a journal when I was twelve years old. Most of my stories I never finished, but I did finish the occasional one. I kept a journal all through high school and continued to write short stories, a couple of which are now published on the Devtome. Even with the perspective of an adult I have to say they are pretty good stories. I journaled prolifically in college. I remember talking with my freshman roommate about how I was much busier in college than I’d ever been. By then it wasn’t just classes, but various college groups and (wait for it) writing for the school newspaper which was filling up my time. “And you still find hours and hours to write in your journal,” she said. And she was right.

My very first paid writing job was reporting on campus political news for my college newspaper. The pay was fifty cents a column inch, which worked out to around five dollars for a typical length news story—500 words or less. It was the worst paying and most rewarding job I’d ever had. Although I took one or two writing classes in college I never pursued writing as an actual career. I guess the newspaper pay rate made me think twice, or maybe it just seemed weird to go to school to learn how to do what comes naturally, kind of like paying a boat load of tuition to learn how to breathe or eat.

I didn’t take up professional writing again until several years after I got married and had two children. I’d joined this writing group made up of people who were hoping to get their novels published. I wrote a few short children’s stories and submitted them for critique. The leader of the writing group was a practical sort and he freelanced for the local newspaper while working on his great masterpiece. I told him I’d be interested in doing that as well, and when one of the regular writers left, leaving an opening I took it. I kept that gig for a couple years. I mainly wrote soft pieces about the various projects that were undertaken by local leaders in the home construction and remodeling industry. A bit later I also wrote features for a different paper. Some of the features were about the performers in upcoming events so I often got free tickets to these events for my entire family.

I probably stopped writing professionally sometime after the birth of my third child, but I did continue to keep a journal and I started a blog at some point which I’ve updated every so often. And after several months of Devtome writing I started writing for clients who would pay me in Bitcoin.

Writing is just something I do, and it doesn’t matter what the price of Devcoins is, what other hot opportunities are out there or how busy my life is. I may not always be writing professionally but I will write. My favorite way to write is to simply write about what I find interesting or what I’m thinking about. For me, writing for the Devtome is a classic case of “Do what you love and the money will follow.” Sometimes it really does work out that way.

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