"Master Dayton" might be humorous, (I mean if Ph.Ds are called "Doctors," shouldn't MFAs be called "Masters?") but in all seriousness I have made a living freelance writing and after several years I have tons of information I want to share to help out my fellow writers, regardless of age, experience, goals, situation, or background. This blog isn't pretty-but it will help if real freelance writing information is what you want.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Online Writing, Passive Income, & Blogs to Read

Reading Break for Online Writers

One of the nice things that I've really enjoyed about becoming an online freelance writer is not only the freedom of time and place or the security that comes with being self-employed, but also the great community that exists online. You don't have to spend too much time looking around to find a huge number of writers, bloggers, and other normal people shooting for passive income who want to share what they've learned and help out others in their online community. I've felt extremely blessed for the number of positive comments and e-mails I've received from this blog, and from the number of people who I've helped to get part time or even full time income working on their own. Just as great has been the sheer number of online friends I've made, the communities I've discovered, and the support that really comes from normal people who have extraordinary dreams - because those are two of the common factors I've found from many people online.

So this post will hopefully give you a few great resources and blogs that are worth checking out. As always, make sure you're working towards your goals and not letting over analysis paralyze you - nothing any of us ever tell you is going to beat good old fashioned experience when it comes to learning the ropes of making money writing online and making money through passive income. But it's nice to have support, encouragement, and online mentors...and this list of blogs is one that I encourage anyone looking for great reads to take a look at.

It's important to understand that while earning passive income online most often involves a LOT of writing, that's not the only model for earning passive income. One thing I like about passive income online is that Jade Dragon's blog covers both the online and some offline methods to passive income. Two recent posts have really jumped out at me. This one on being happy with $3 a day, and then this informative article on a great link stacking tool that is extremely useful for improving your SEO online. Both of those posts are definitely worth checking out.

Along the same lines of there being more than one type of passive income, I strongly recommend the blog "My 4 Hour Work Week." There are several reasons why I love checking in on this blog. Aside from the author being about 10 times more consistent at posting than I am, he's willing to ponder unconventional questions like this post wondering if controlled chaos can equal success. It's a good read and good discussion down in the comments section. He also talks about non-Internet based sources of investment and passive income like this earnings update that also serves as a LendingClub Review.

I definitely feel akin to this next blog, as the author, Felicia, started as a writer and is moving into full time passive income. Obviously this is exactly along the lines of the same transition I'm making, one that started shortly after I originally created this freelance writing blog. So if somehow you haven't heard of the No Job for Mom Blog, you should go check it out. The comments section can be a wealth of information here.

If you haven't seen the Complete Writing Solutions blog, then you will want to check it out. This blog is a recent one that a reader actually recommended to me. T.W. covers some major parts to writing online full time, and goes into the great benefits of living as a writer such as living overseas, travel, and living a mobile lifestyle as a full time freelance writer.

And sometimes blogs are carried not just by great information, but also great personalities. This isn't saying that the other blog owners aren't likable (I find everyone listed here to be a jolly good group), but some blogs really shine almost personality first. Two examples of blogs that jump out immediately in this regards is Lissie's Passive Income Blog and Kidgas's Online Income Blog. Both of these blogs feature writers who are very open, very friendly, and know what it's like to be a true beginner still working towards their main goals. I always enjoy new blog posts from these writers and enjoy hearing about their on going successes, as well.

Finally, one freelance writer's blog that I strongly recommend is Bianca Raven's Freelance Writing from Home blog. The October 15th, 2010 post she has on the need for freelance writers to take their clients seriously is fantastic and I strongly recommend it. Far too many would be writers make this critical and completely inexcusable mistake.

So this should leave you plenty of reading material, including this blog. You never want to read so much that you stop working on your stuff, but this list of blogs gives you not only a wide array of perspectives and people willing to give good advice, but also a part of an online community that is actually worth being a part of. While these blogs all vary greatly, one thing you can see in common with those listed here is a genuine kindness and willingness to pass it on.

That's it for now, although there will be some more posts coming up soon going over my base link building strategies for passive income, current strategy for writing online, and a post making fun of the first outright "crazy person" e-mail I've received because of the advice I'm giving on this blog. So hope everyone has plenty of reading now, and keep up the good work!


  1. Master Dayton,
    I am honored for the mention in your blog post and just as honored that you mention me in the same sentence as Lissie. She is truly a pleasurable person. I am pleased that my openness and honesty comes through in my writing. I am also glad that you have written another post. I was missing reading your writings.

  2. Hi Kidgas,

    Not a problem! Glad to hear you finally hit that $10 day on AdSense. I don't know what it is about that mark, but it really seems to click at that point, doesn't it? I agree Lissie is just great, and she's been a fantastic encouragement for me as I'm working to move my income from freelance to passive. Thanks for the kind words, and I'm hoping to get in several more posts before Thanksgiving - since a long end of the year vacation might make me even more scarce than usual :)

  3. One of these days I'll finally start moving into residual income stuff :) It's on my 2011 list of things to do, along with launching a few products under the Complete Writing Solutions brand.

    Thanks for the mention. I'll be crossing the three year mark in January as a freelance writer, and I've enjoyed building up a community of readers and fellow freelancers and meeting people along the way. I've been blessed with a wandering soul, so I enjoy writing about freelancing from the traveling point of view. Some people call it Location Independent, others call it Remote Flexibility, but whatever you want to call it working in the digital world allows for a lot of freedom to explore the world and live a hell of a lot cheaper than you can in the U.S. and U.K.

    Great resource here. I'll have to take some spare time this weekend and look things over!

  4. The $10 day is a psychological barrier for sure. Hope you enjoy your end of year break. Best of luck moving to more passive income.

  5. Thanks for the compliments, guys! Always great to hear from both of ya' and wishing ya'll the best, as well.

  6. Thanks so much for the mention, Master Dayton! Always appreciated. :)

  7. Hi Eric,

    Not a problem! It's very well earned. Thanks for updating much more frequently than I do, lol!

  8. I was pleasantly surprised to read your kind words and two good links tonight. I learn a lot from you too. I know some of the bloggers you profile but some I need to check out.