After 100 pages here, I'd finally got my head around the fact that nothing much happens at first. I wrote 'time is a factor', like it was some great, new revelation.
Having written five times that number, and counting my tenancy here in years, I would like to go back and high-light that sentiment in bold, underlined and in twenty feet tall font. YES, TIME IS A FACTOR!
I'm just now earning steadily on articles which I was writing back then. Occasionally, I'll get one which adds to the coffers straight off the mark, but on the whole, you really do need to wait for your Wizzle to mature.
To continue the analogy that I made sixteen months ago, it really is like planting a sapling in the ground. There's no use in returning next day and demanding that your twig is now a fully grown oak. Give it time.
Reading between the lines, I also recall how I felt back then. It was the sneaking suspicion that I was somehow being conned. I was writing all of this, working so hard, for some vague promise of jam tomorrow. What if people were just telling me that, so they could gain something for themselves? Something which I couldn't quite grasp, because I was so new and naive.
I'm here to reassure, as veteran writers reassured me back then. Time really does do wonders. Plant your sapling articles, they'll grow in their own good time.
I then moved on to pushing the importance of getting involved in the Wizzley forum. I'd just come from there, where Humagaia was telling us that we should be working together. Wizzley was such a young writing platform, that it was our job to get the message out.
All of these things are as true now, as they were then. Wizzley passed its second birthday in May 2013. Comparing it to, say Squidoo or Hubpages, is like taking a toddler and judging it disapprovingly, because it's not as big as a seven year old.
It's that old 'time is a factor' thing again, but this time applied to the whole shebang!