Achieving Long Term Success As A Writer

31 Jan

003Oh yes indeed, it is Happy Friday once again.  Big plans for this weekend and they center around my Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl!  Go Hawks!

But that’s not why you are here now is it?  You are looking for some gems of wisdom that will propel you to stardom.  Well sorry, I’m all out of wisdom today.  LOL

I was reading the HubPages blog/newsletter yesterday, and in it they talked about writing about an event two weeks in advance for maximum Google effect.


I hate Google but I’m not going to get into my reasons for that right now.  Let’s talk a bit about this “maximum effect” thingie a moment.

My problem with this approach is that everybody and their mother does the same thing.  Going viral is a one-hit wonder sort of thing and leads to……trying to do it again.  What this means is that I constantly have to scour the internet in search of hot topics and then try to write about them two weeks in advance (timing is everything after all) and then do it again the next day, and the next, and the next, and the…..

My approach is a bit different. I like to write about things that have a lengthy shelf life.  Frugal living, writing, organic gardening, the environment, social issues….these topics will remain popular year in and year out.  No one-hit wonders for me; I’m more concerned with long-term success.

Just some random thoughts; do with them what you will.


Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
Marie Curie

Right on Marie!


Yellowstone 2009 047

Do you see anything worth writing about in this picture?  Any attack of the senses? Any jiggle of the grey matter?


Writing is a process.  It is like building a home from the ground up. You start with the foundation, then frame, then wire and plumbing and then you enclose it.  It takes a long time to build a home by hand; it takes a long time to build a writing career.  Be patient, keep working on that foundation, and believe in yourself.


It’s time to go out and have some fun.  You deserve it.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

19 Responses to “Achieving Long Term Success As A Writer”

  1. Janine Huldie January 31, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    Love your approach and seriously way better then Google anyway of the week. happy Friday and a wonderful, relaxing weekend once again! 🙂

    • Billybuc January 31, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

      Thank you Janine. It is a relaxed Friday and I’m enjoying the slower pace.

  2. Mari January 31, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    this reminds of the tortoise and the hare. not necessarily “slow” but “steady” will surely win the race. Thanks!

  3. Clear-eyed Sky January 31, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    Trying to stay ahead of Google trends would be like having a wisdom tooth pulled every day of your life. I’ll let other people have fun with that.

    • Billybuc January 31, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

      Love that simile, Lizzy….who are you who are so wise in the ways of the online world? 🙂

  4. Audrey Howitt January 31, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    I would think that trying to “write to” the Goggle would be thankless task—that being said—foundation seems key–have a wonderful weekend Bill!

    • Billybuc January 31, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

      Thank you Audrey! I gave up on Google a long time ago…now it’s just my heart speaking. 🙂 enjoy your weekend as well my friend.

  5. Shauna L Bowling January 31, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    Bill, I skipped over that article in the HP newsletter after reading the first sentence. I’m really surprised they posted it since they’re always cautioning us to write evergreen articles. I’m with you – no one hit wonders or seasonal articles either. That’s why I don’t write Christmas articles, or how-to-spend-your-4th-of-July-safely pieces. Having a niche is one thing, putting yourself on a shelf to be taken out once a year is a big no thank you for me!

    • Billybuc January 31, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

      Sha, you pretty much summed up my feelings perfectly. Thank you my dear friend and have a great weekend.

  6. ruchira January 31, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    seriously write about super bowl way before the event…then we think google is smart…and we try to look for key words from him…lol

    that wisdom was enough for me to say…what the heck…lol

    happy friday bill

    49ers lost against hawks so…gotta cheer for your team 🙂

    • Billybucb January 31, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

      Ruchira, with you rooting for us we cannot lose. 🙂 Have a great weekend.

  7. Kelly Umphenour January 31, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    If I can get thru those week with everyone being sick…then I’ll think about long term goals:) lol.

    Good luck with the Seahawks this weekend you know I’ll be watching!

    • Billybucb January 31, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

      Kelly, you are definitely having a tough time with illness around that house of yours. I hope everyone is feeling better soon…and GO HAWKS!

  8. 1authorcygnetbrown January 31, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

    I am with you. As you know I write about similar topics. As you and I both know, current events come and go. By next Wednesday, Superbowl 48 will just be a memory, unless of course, some thing unusual happens during half time. Enjoy your game this weekend!

    • Billybucb January 31, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

      Thanks Donna. I would just rather write about things that will always be important….maybe I’m just too lazy to stay abreast of current events. 🙂

  9. Melanie Chisnall February 4, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    I hope you had a super weekend Bill. My approach is similar to yours when it comes to blogging. I’m also trying to write “ever green” posts because I’ve found that that’s how people come to find my blog. Posts I wrote ages ago are finally getting “out there”. I also try and keep it a bit relevant, but I will never scour the internet in search of hot topics and write about things that don’t interest me just to get hits. No thanks!!! YAWN indeed. Patience… yes, I’m slowly learning the art of that. My problem is I’m not patient at all. Yes – If I’m teaching someone something, but not when it comes to things that I want. I want them all now! But I’ve had some hard lessons over these last 3 – 4 years and Geoff is the most patient person on earth – and he’s usually right about things I want to jump straight into (which is a little annoying, but I love the guy… if we both had rose tinted glasses we’d be a little screwed). I’m learning. That recipe book I wanted to do? Back-burner. Need to build up my audience first – a lot! The novel? Back-burner for now. I’m a lot calmer and certain about my writing now though, so seems like I’m on the right track! Hope you’re having a great start to the week.

    • Billybucb February 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

      Mel, thank you for a great comment that I think we all can relate to…lots of things on the back burner. Until I finish my novel then things will have to wait….then I can move on to the next step. I’m seeing with hubs that are a year old that they are finally being discovered on the web… be patient, Bill, and good things will happen….thank you Mel.

  10. dee dianna February 12, 2014 at 2:52 am #

    Writing for a lasting effect is much better than trying to post quick blogs that attract short term interest. I googled the term super bowl and the results were staggering. Of course, NFL had the choice top five spots. Your photo prompt is interesting. I was struck with the thought that this person (Bev) was looking down from on high. A “red” bird’s eye view of the world. Thanks for your mentoring, I appreciate your professional teaching.

    • Billybuc February 12, 2014 at 4:04 am #

      Dianna, it’s always nice to have you stop by. Most of my successful articles are ones I wrote over a year ago. It takes that long for them to circulate but also they are on subjects that will never lose a fan base…I’m in it for the long run my friend.

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