Pull Back and Reflect

How to engage and write in a meaningful manner that will lead to more fulfilled success.

I normally post these on Friday but took some time off to focus on home and food and family.

Last installment, I said that I would focus last week on engagement and not a lot of posting, but my plans changed. I realized that I was only 11 or so pieces off from finishing the year with 60 stories published on here.

And I thought, wouldn’t it be wild to have gotten 60 stories up and in people’s faces within just a little over a month—maybe even under a month if I really try. I still spent time engaging with other writers and their work. I even set up a way for writers to get ahold of me to help edit their pieces.

For people who want to read the past two week’s installments:

Week One: Road to $100 a Day
Week Two: Engagement, Spread, and Tweaking

Last Week’s Stats

The days where I barely break 50 or 20 views were all days that I didn’t work on the site actively. I read maybe a couple of articles and posted maybe once during that day.

I had one of my highest days in terms of views ever last week. 163. I know it’s not really a lot but most of the traffic came from 2 articles. I shared one the normal way and the other I posted on LinkedIn. Both got roughly 50 views that day and the other 60 views were spread out across all my stories.

Which means I had a couple of days where all of my stories were earners. Even if it was only a couple of cents, they still turned more of a profit out than in.

Interested in reading those two popular articles:

Unlike the previous week, last week I didn’t focus on getting old articles curated and instead focused on getting the pieces I was publishing curated. That resulted in an 80% curation rate. Out of the 5 pieces I published, 4 of them got curated within a couple of hours.

Though most of my pieces last week were curated, my stats went down when it came to followers and earnings. That’s led me to come to the conclusion that though curation is cool, it really isn’t everything. There are writers out there who have never been curated but are still pulling in nice views and earnings from their stories.

I gained 40 or so new followers. By the way, thanks everyone new and old who follows me. I really appreciate every moment you spend on my stories.

Comparing the first couple of week’s stats to last week’s is helping me come up with a strategy that I believe will garner the most success for me on here. It’ll be a mixture of publishing, engaging, and sharing with most of my time spent behind the scenes writing content and engaging with other writers.

Highlight of last week was I woke up on Christmas morning to find out that I was a featured writer on both Writing and Poetry.

Like curation, the featured writer status is something that a lot of writers strive to reach. It’s meant to get you more views, more followers, and more earnings, but I have not had that experience. Being featured didn’t do anything other than give me bragging rights.

I love it, don’t get me wrong, but I did expect more views and followers. However, I only got 40 views that day and a couple of new followers.

Because I didn’t spend as much time on this site as I normally do, I lost out on my $1 a day earning and dropped down a few bucks. I’ll be working on making up the difference through some of my tried and true methods.

Best Story This Week

I shared this article widely and it’s filled with value so it makes sense why it is popular. Now, I just have to figure out a way to make it more popular.

Worst Story This Week

This I haven’t shared a lot but it’s filled with value. I’ll be working on getting it curated and in front of more eyes.

Reflecting on the Past Month

I’ve had this profile for a year or so now. In the past, I posted on it sporadically and didn’t engage with anyone so I don’t really count it as active time on here. In the past month, I’ve turned all of that around and have started seeing a return from this site.

Through working on here actively, I’ve got other gigs and expanded my network. Though I am not ending this month with hundreds of dollars in my account, I am ending it with something in my account. So I call that a win.

In between reading articles about Medium and taking courses, I’ve gotten a feel for what the top earners say works for this site. That coupled with my own experiences and experiments will lead me to success.

My goal for the month of December is to end making at least $30. I may or may not reach that in the next couple of days. I’m going to try through engaging with other people’s work and publishing content.

My publishing target is to hit 60 published stories by Friday, and I am only a few shy. If I don’t end this month reaching my $30 goal but do reach my 60 stories goal, I’ll still be happy with the work that I did and will continue pushing forward with this site.

Looking Forward

Starting next month, I’ll be working with a different schedule for this site that will see me engaging consistently with my followers and publishing at least 3 pieces a week.

Working behind the scenes, I’ll take on a similar approach that Tim Denning does. I’ll be reserving my writing time for this site to a couple of days a week where I will aim on writing 3–5 pieces a day. Through writing more than I am publishing, my aim is to have a steady supply of back up pieces ready to go far into the future.

By March, I’ll be able to plan out my next few months of publishing without writing anything new and focusing on spread and engagement.

With the new month, my earnings will be reset to zero. I get to start again at building up views, earnings, and eyes on my posts. I’ll be making a leap to try and earn $3/day through upping my spread, engagement, and article generation for the month.

I hope you continue following me on my journey on this site. Until next time,

—Aigner

This is the third week installment in a series. To read the previous weeks installments, check the links below.

Week One: Road to $100 a Day
Week Two: Engagement, Spread, and Tweaking

Aigner Loren Wilson is a queer Black SFWA, HWA, and Codex writer. Her work has appeared in Arsenika, Terraform, Rue Morgue, and more. She was listed on the honors list for the Otherwise Fellowship award for 2019. She also writes or edits for Strange Horizons, Nightlight Horror Podcast, Oly Arts, Discover Pods, and more. She offers a writing craft newsletter to people who want to become better writers and publish quality pieces.

Over 200 published pieces. Thought provoking prose and poetry. Better Humans | Tordotcom | The Startup | Better Marketing. Follow to level up your writing.

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