Introduction to Marisa Wright
Hi Marisa! I notice most of your online writing is about dance. What made you choose that subject?
I'm different to most of my webmaster friends because I didn't choose my subject based on keyword research – it chose me. I'm a dancer, and any dancer will tell you that dance isn't what we do, it's what we are. It's such a big part of my life, I couldn't not write about it!
What was it like being a professional dancer?
I was never truly a professional dancer because I was never able to dance full-time. I started ballet too late to get into a company, and when I switched to flamenco, there simply wasn't enough work to make a living from. So I've always had to have a “day job” as well as dancing jobs. That's not unusual – I know a lot of flamenco and belly dance performers who dance professionally by night and have an ordinary job by day.
Dancer and freelance writer Marisa Wright interviewed
Marisa Wright is a dancer and freelance writer. She runs a number of websites and has written for Wizzley, HubPages and Squidoo.
Introduction to Marisa Wright
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How many years did you dance?
I'm still dancing! These days I've moved on to belly dance, which is very gentle on the body so it's ideal for a 50-something woman like me.
I have over 40 years study and experience of ballet, jazz, flamenco and belly dance under my belt so far. I hope I'll still be dancing when I'm 70!
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How did you get started creating websites?
I've always enjoyed writing stories, but between work and dancing, never had much time for it once I left school. Then about five years ago, I landed a part-time job which turned out to be terminally boring! I stuck with it, because the hours let me do more performing.
I started surfing the net to ease my boredom and stumbled across an article-writing site called Helium. After several months there I realized what a rip-off it was, and looked for somewhere else to write. I found HubPages, which was a great stroke of luck – not just because it's an enjoyable place to write, but because I met so many incredibly knowledgeable people, willing to share their expertise. I learned so much from them that I felt inspired to start my own website – and today I have six!
Making a living online
Would you recommend making a living online?
I don't make a living online. At one time, I thought I would, but it hasn't worked out for two reasons.
One is that although I'm a bit of an introvert, I hate isolation – and there's nothing more isolating than sitting at home alone all day, in front of a computer. There's no way I could do that full-time – and if you want to make a proper income from online writing, you must work at it full-time. The “4-hour work week” isn't a myth – I do know one or two people who've achieved it – but they all spent two or three years working 9 or 10 hours a day to get there. That's not for me.
The other reason is Panda. At the beginning of 2011, I was projecting an online income of around $20,000 for the year. Then Panda hit. It decimated my HubPages earnings and although my blogs weren't hit badly, their former steady growth came to a standstill, and most of them have gone slightly backwards.
Unfortunately, making money online is much harder than it used to be, and Google keeps making it harder. Truly passive income doesn't exist any more – it's no longer possible to write articles or create a website, then sit back and wait for the dollars. Regular maintenance is required to respond to Google's constant changes and keep your work high in the search results. I wouldn't honestly recommend it to anyone as a career. However, it makes a good hobby – because how many hobbies are there, which actually pay you?
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