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Writing challenge

Note 354 – Converting time and words into money

I have worked out that by the time My Writing Challenge is over, I would have spent approximately 663 hours researching, writing, editing and perfecting posts (and that’s not including all the other writing projects that I have). The way I worked it out is that each post has taken anything from half an hour to three hours from start to finish depending on its complexity.  Take today for instance – just a few thoughts and calculations, which took me about 30 to 60 minutes.  Here are the stats I quickly worked out (assuming all 366 days have been completed):

  • If 30 posts took me 0.5 hours = 15 hours
  • If 90 posts that took me 1 hour = 90 hours
  • If 180 posts that took me 2 hours = 360 hours
  • If 66 posts that took me 3 hours = 198 hours

Although I’ve taken freelance writing courses, read loads of articles and listened to audio books on the subject of blogging, I haven’t actively tried to earn money from my writing yet.  For this reason, I’m not sure how much these 663 hours would have earned me.  Perhaps a writer gets paid for the amount of words instead.  The length of my posts have been anything from 150 words to 700 words.  I’m not going to count them, but I’m going to take a guess that the posts have an average length of 300 words, multiplied by 366 days, makes 109,800 words. 

If I was to earn £200 for every 1000 words (just plucking a figure out of the air here – I might be way out) then that means that I could have earned £21,960 (before tax of course).  Even half of that would be a welcomed second income!  Without my writing challenge though, I just hope I am able to remain consistent with the amount of hours I am able to dedicate to research, writing and pitching over the next year. 

Have you ever worked out how much you could potentially earn from either blogging or other writing that you do (that is if you don’t already)?

Until tomorrow…

12 days of My Writing Challenge to go…


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer



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