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Hustling for Crypto is not an Easy Way to Make Money (The Dream Deferred)


I've been blogging on Publish0x for nearly a month. In that time, I've made just over $5.00 USD in AMPL and $FARM. Although earning crypto for my content (as opposed to having it on sites like Fartloaf and Tumblr, where I earn nothing) is certainly great, it's not really doing much for me, certainly not meeting my hopes for sustainability. (I need to earn between $6 and $8 per day to sustain myself.) I'm thinking of setting up accounts on PeakD and Steemit to see if I fare any better there and/or can maximise my income.

Due to the country in which I live not being a supported option for the payment processor used by Medium (Stripe), I am not able to earn money for any writings I post there (although I'll still use it to drive attention here or to my Patreon account; I have no idea what state that's in, not having looked in a while).

I've been milking a few cryptocurrency faucets, but I've made maybe $0.01 USD per day from that. There are over forty faucets that I've yet to investigate and rank, to see if it's worth my time cycling through and hitting them in rapid succession. My suspicion (based on my inconclusive efforts so far) is that it isn't. Maybe I'll find one that's more lucrative or that regularly hitting all of them in quick succession is the best approach.

I'm also contemplating whether I should set up accounts with Bandcamp and Spotify to host my music and maybe make some money that way. (Getting popular enough to be monetised on YouTube seems like a Herculean effort.)

In short, as Mike Skinner of The Streets observed, using one's creative talents is "the hardest way to make an honest living". To me, all this indicates that, if my views-to-income ratio is anything to go by, I'm either not marketing myself correctly or not enough, maybe both. (Why not both?) Don't get me wrong here. I have earned upwards of a dollar on one or two of my posts and I have seen posts where the author has earned tens of dollars for it (so I know it's possible). My feeling is that I've not found/attracted the right audience for my content, rather than the problem being with Publish0x.


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Great White Snark
Great White Snark

I am currently unemployed, having quit my S/W & Web Dev job due to COVID-related health issues. I'm hoping to go full Crypto to earn a living, not go back to an 08:00-18:00 grind. Unsigned music producer; snarky; white; balding; smashes Patriarchy some.


Snark Attack: Random Musings from The GWS
Snark Attack: Random Musings from The GWS

Until Nov 2020, I worked as a SW/Web dev, with Java (blargh!) & Python (woot!). I'm currently milking faucets, writing for crypto to stake/invest and dabbling in play-to-earn games. I work part-time with animals. ZA FTW. Sadly, my cerebellum and medulla oblongata aren't Einsteinian in proportion. However, I possess a Brobdingnagian vocabulary and get by with being a barbigerous logophile. I can probably write you into bed. Banner image copyright The Guardian/Shutterstock

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