I Still Made Money When I Wasn’t Writing

Thanks to a back log of stories

Jessica Hillis
Jan 3 · 4 min read
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Yes, it’s another one of those articles. But don’t worry, I’m not here to brag. I really hate those “Here’s How I Made 60 billion On Medium This Month” type pieces. Look, we know you are just trying to show off. Stop that. I’m not reading that crap.

I won’t tell you how much I made when I wasn’t writing. That’s not really the point. The dollar amount isn’t important. The important part is the fact that I made SOMETHING while I was literally doing nothing.

My earnings for last month were about half of what I normally get each month. Understandable because I didn’t write very much and my heart just wasn’t really in it. I don’t think I was producing my best work.

I wasn’t really checking stats and earnings at all. I wanted a real break from it all. Yes, I’m one of those that sits and refreshes their stats page endlessly each day. It was driving me a bit crazy so I took a step back.

I only checked my earnings for the month when I came back after my self imposed break. I was surprised to see I had actually made any money at all! I had to go back and look at where that money came from.

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

And this is why I am writing this. Not to brag on myself. Oh my God look at me! I made money! Aren’t I so special? No, not really. But I do credit my hard work for the fact that I could still make money doing nothing.

So, where did the money come from? I hate to say it because I am not one to really care about curation, but most of it came from older, curated pieces. My top 5 earners from last month were curated pieces.

If you scroll down my earnings report, you will see a bunch of stories that aren’t making a ton of money but are still giving me a few bucks each month. In fact, my very first story ever written on here (and first curated piece) is still earning me money.

I even gained followers while I was away. I’ll assume thanks to these stories. People were still finding my stuff when I wasn’t even actively on the platform. I got a kick out of that.

This was all pretty good motivation for me to keep going. I wrote a lot last year. Like, a lot. I started at the end of July and pretty much wrote at least one piece per day until I took my break.

That’s a lot of writing for me! What I took away from all of this was that in order to make money, you actually have to put in the work. Writing once per week just won’t cut it. Unless you are writing mind blowing material. Which I am not.

Image by Nattanan Kanchanaprat from Pixabay

Not all of my stuff is still getting read but a lot of it is. Having those curated pieces floating around the Land of Medium are still pulling in readers and money for me.

Again, I’m not saying I am making a ton of money from them but even a couple bucks each adds up! I’m not here to tell you how to make money like me. I don’t know if I am much of an inspiration at this point.

I’m just simply stating my observations from last month. I was happy to make money doing nothing. Obviously I am not going to just sit back now and hope to continue to make money like that. I am sure that’s not the best plan of action.

I’ll try to keep up my pace and see how it works for me. There’s no get rich quick scheme on Medium. It requires putting in the work. So, I’ll keep putting in the work.

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Writer and mother. I try to keep it real because I’m not “loving every moment”. Follow me https://twitter.com/3282jessicah or email hillis33@gmail.com

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