A collection of posts on making money online

I’ve written a tiny bit about the very small number of ways I’ve found to make money online. You’re not going to find get-rich-quick type stuff here. What you’ll see here are three things where I’ve made actual money. Not much, but it’s something.

1. I got a payout from Bing Rewards and promptly switched back to Google

When I wrote this, Bing had a long way to go. And, let’s be honest, it still does. I’ve since switched to Bing as my main search engine, but I still have to pass a search query to Google about once a week.

2. Is SwagBucks legit? I had to find out for myself.

Yeah, it’s still not so great. I’ve made a few dollars from actively earning Swagbucks. Like so much in life, the main money is in telling others how to make money. A few people signed up through the link in that post and are still active on Swagbucks. I get about $5 worth of Swagbucks a month from referrals, and I expect it to rise now that I’ve restored that post.

3. How to make money with Mechanical Turk without being scammed

This is one of those oddballs that can make you a lot of money, if you have the right skills and temperament.

Do you like taking surveys? You can manage a few hundred dollars a week if you get enough approved jobs and earn the right qualifications. Getting to that point is a a job in itself.

Do you know multiple languages? Translation can pay quite a bit.

Are you good at transcription? You can make bank if all these Mechanical Turk transcription people are to be believed.

None of these are the case for me. My thing is writing useful and/or interesting blog posts to draw people to the things I do to make money (*points at sidebar*).

June 5, 2015: Mind games, pop culture, and diversity

Truth: “Being able to separate your thoughts from your sense of self is one of the most useful things you can do.”

Every time my life seems grim, it’s because I’ve let my thoughts take the wheel. My mind is a jerk. My self is pretty rad, and the conflict between those two is what drives me forward on the good days. The jerk in my mind gives the rest of me something to resist, making me stronger. And it took me way too long to realize that.

I still haven’t read the book Jurassic Park is based on, but I might have to after reading this.

A solid article on Caitlyn Jenner and the problem with treating individuals — especially those with atypical levels of wealth and influence —  as spokespeople for diverse groups.

Good article: “You are deprived of the time, sleep and energy you need to see past the place into which you have been plunged. You lose your bearings, your attachments to the world you inhabited before, and become immersed in the culture that surrounds you.”

I watched episode one of Sense8 and had a lot of trouble following it. If it doesn’t get coherent quick, it’s going to lose me. AV Club had some words on it.

I’m going to write a lot of bad fiction

I can know at a high, intellectual level that if I keep at something, it’ll eventually pay off. My non-fiction writing improved tangibly the more I wrote, and now people actually pay money for it. By now, I’ve written well over a half million words.

But what I really want to do is write fiction, and I’ve written less than 50,000 words of that. I know from non-fiction writing that all the problems I have, like coming up with ideas, ease of reading, interestingness, and a billion other things will improve with practice.

And I’m having the same trouble convincing myself of it. What ultimately got me past that for non-fiction was college. I had to get a certain number of words written by a certain time, and the habit stuck after graduation. Most of my non-fiction improvement came from just not caring about the output. I wrote, edited, and published, and paid no mind to feedback. I generally knew what I got wrong, and did better on the next one.

So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to try to finish off and publish at least one 5000 word story a week, then publish it through Smashwords. My reasoning is that Smashwords will let me publish to most retailers for $0.00, unlike Amazon, so no one can fuss if they don’t like it. Just like all the now-deleted blogs I wrote my half million words on.