It’s not something I mention a lot on this blog, but I used to write quite a lot of poetry. I don’t write much of it these days, but I do have a fairly large body of work just sitting on my desktop from years of writing.
My head’s been in this whole make-money-online thing for a few years. I thought it would be interesting (for me) to see if it’s possible to combine the two: poetry with making money online.
It’s an idea I started last year, but didn’t follow through. I wanna give it a proper go.
MY FIRST IDEA: Set up a poetry site/blog (or several poetry mini sites)…
I thought about setting up one site, then putting all my poems on there (in categories). But then I thought that maybe I should set up a variety of niche poetry mini sites.
I’m still not 100% decided on which way to go, but for now, I have 2 poetry blogs:
i) Sex. Chocolate. Ice cream. – an erotic/sensual poetry blog. This one is on its own domain and hosted there too. The expression ‘Sex. Chocolate. Ice cream’ initially started as a playful post on this very blog. Following that post, I decided to register something along those lines not really knowing what I was going to do with it. Once I bought the domain, I struggled with it, left it bare, put some content on, tore it down, left it bare again for months. But then the poetry idea came.
ii) IWriteNamePoems.blogspot.com – the theme of this one is self explanatory, I think. This one doesn’t have an independent domain; is hosted on blogspot. Years back, I had an avid interest in people’s names. I’d find out about a name and wrap it in a poem. I then set up a site for it, but took them off a year or two later. About 2 years ago, I joined Hubpages (a revenue-sharing content creation site). Thinking of what pages to create, I decided to do one about how to write a name poem. Doing that brought it all back and I decided to chuck the name poems back up.
I’ve set both blogs up so they behave more like static sites than blogs; I took most references to dates off – that way I don’t have to update them all the time.
For now, I’m gonna concentrate on these two, experiment, tweak, monetise, work on attracting (the right) traffic, tweak, learn, etc. In time, if I can make money off either one, then I can use a similar formula for other poetry sites I might decide to set up in the future.
Wish me luck!