Tons of time, but none to spare

I began homeschooling my two children in January of this year. If you’ve been a regular follower, you’ve likely noticed that my articles (not to mention the already infrequent blog posts!) have tapered off quite a bit.

There’s a couple of reasons behind that.

One is that homeschooling is a huge time investment. I spend a lot of time working up my lesson plans, and lessons, and then an even larger chunk of time teaching my kids, working with them, helping them learn and trying to find unique, creative, and most importantly, FUN ways for them to learn. This all, of course, severely limits the time that I have to write articles. Naturally, my children’s education is the priority.

The other reason is that article writing, though it doesn’t take a ton of time, does take time. In some cases, it can take more time due to restrictions placed on them. The articles I write for Examiner.com, for example. Though this site had been paying considerably more than the other sites I write for, I’m restricted not only in scope, but in location. I have two titles, and all of my articles must be relevant to the title they are being published under. This isn’t really an issue by itself, as there are certainly tons of things I can think of to write about under these two titles. But I’m also restricted to writing about these titles in a way that is relevant to my local area – the problem is, many of the things I write about cannot be made specifically about my local area. My local area is like any other local area – we all have the same problems, concerns, and general ways of doing things. It can become very time-consuming to try to localize an article – and when we get into it taking days to do this, it’s just not worth what they’ll pay me for it.

It’s for that reason that I’m considering letting go of the Examiner titles. I’ve loved writing for them, but it’s just becoming too much. At this point, looking at not only payout, but freedom in terms of what I can write about, I’m probably going to limit myself to writing for Yahoo! Voices. I have written a couple of articles for Suite101, but there’s been no noticeable benefit, either financially or in terms of exposure.

I think I’ve been spread too thin for some time now, and with the new demands on my time, I have to find ways to cut back. I’m still working on my book, but even that is often set aside. Since my big goal has always been getting the book finished and getting it published, I have to find time for that as well. I think limiting myself to the one site that seems to offer the most exposure and the most money, while giving me the most freedom to write what I want and not putting restrictions on me that adds a lot of unnecessary time to writing the articles is the best way to accomplish all of my goals.

I am, of course, going to try very hard to stay more on top of this site as well.

I do have a couple of product reviews that I’ll be posting on here in the next few days, and of course, you can always read any of my published articles anytime.

Feel free to contact me as well. If there’s something in particular you’d like to see me write an article about, drop me a line and let me know. If you really loved an article (or hated one!), let me know! I love hearing from my readers.

Have a great weekend!