I nearly titled this “How You, Too, Can Make Money on the Internet” but I am trying to learn about search engine optimization and I don’t want to get tagged as a spammy site, so I hope Google recognizes sarcasm. Yeah, didn’t think it did.
So, the model of using a website to write for remuneration may actually appeal to some of you who visit. Everyone has something they probably know about or want to write about. Homeschoolers can help other homeschoolers by writing about their experiences. Nevertheless, since blogging takes so much time, perhaps a group of homeschoolers might band together and produce one blog you all contribute to, so the burden doesn’t fall on one person.
Since this is my first foray into developing a platform (as it is known in the business), I intend to write about this experience as well so that I can help those readers who would like to do likewise. I trust your site will not be quite as well received as mine, so that my readers don’t flock to you and leave me talking to myself. But in all sincerity, I think there is room for all of us. Of course this could be an incredibly disappointing failure. So I will write about that until the bitter end when they evict me from my garret and haul away my typewriter.
I have been doing quite a bit of reading on the subject, and producing a website involves so many skills that I can see it being almost an insurmountable obstacle to get one started, if no one in your family is tech savvy (this is probably not a good assumption, as we all know that all children under twelve have been born knowing how to create I-Phone apps). You must be able to write, you must have content others want to read, you must navigate the hosting, domain, and website builder software instructions, you need to be knowledgeable about design and search engine optimization, and how to monetize the site, and then you must have time to support it all. Obstacles are a good thing as they weed out those who have so little to say that it’s not worth the trouble. But you, my friend, probably have something interesting to say, perhaps about your own research into ant behavior or how to bake your own bread. Or perhaps you have read different books than I have and want to discuss those. We (if I may use the “we” that actually no longer includes me) homeschoolers are notorious for farming our own wheat, quarrying our own millstones, breeding our own mules to turn the stones, and running a bakery with our twelve children serving as clerks. I am sure there is something of interest some of you want to write about. So stay tuned for posts on this subject as well.