Another one bites the dust
A number or us who submit our work at one of the major content writing sites received notice yesterday that it would no longer continue. The site would shut down that component as of July 31, 2014.
I wouldn't say that news came as a surprise. I think we all knew it was coming eventually. But, I will say it was still a shock. For some, their "voices" have been heard there since 2005-2006.
My "voice" has been there since 2009. I felt like I was making headway lately. Have never been a fast writer, nor one that got millions of page views, but I really enjoyed writing about topics and getting paid more than mere pennies for it.
Unfortunately, I never felt like the site's upper echelon really cared about the writers. The bottom line -- especially the monetary one -- is always the bottom line, no matter where one writes. Authors are just a throw away commodity.
And that's a shame. We're more than the words we put on paper. And especially more than the ad revenue we generate. The site told us, at the end of the announcement, that it had been such "an incredible privilege to share your talents with the world over these past nine years. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts."
I could have done without that. I don't believe it for a second -- at least not of management. Editors? Yes, they probably formed attachments with some of the writers and feel bad about what's happening. But to management, it's just par for the course.
So it goes, that another one bites the dust. And as that dust settles, some of us will give up on online writing. Others will try to find a niche elsewhere, at another site. Only to have it happen again in a few years, there.
Kermit, the frog, is known for saying that it's not easy being green.
If he thinks that's bad, he should try being a writer.
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