I taught myself internet marketing in the 80s when everything had to be done manually and more often than not, 10 different tasks had to be done simultaneously to achieve the result. I worked at it for 16 hours a day for a good 5 years or more and never really made a significant amount of money. But I did get the experience which is never lost.
I gave it up and concentrated on my writing. I have a number of short stories and even a novel under my belt all in the Thriller genre. I always knew money could be made on the internet - finding out where and how was the trick. I got into copywriting which is quite lucrative and laterly doing transcriptions for a few companies which has really made my bank manager happy.
When I came across this site Wealthy Affiliate - quite by chance - and looked into it, I felt the old excitement start up particularly when I saw the extent of the online community attached to the site. This told me more than anything that it is legit. And to have all those old manual tasks done for me is a real treat. So combining my two loves - IM and writing and actually having a chance to earn a monthly income is a dream that I'll be grabbing with both hands.