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Did Someone Move Your Freelance Writing Cheese?

If you’re a freelance writer for Demand Studios, the answer is a resounding, YES! But, that’s not a bad thing. Here’s how I look at it.

Get Who Moved My Cheese and Read it

You’ll have a better appreciation for this post if you’re familiar with the book Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D. If you don’t have it, go out, get the book and read it. It’s an easy read and you can finish it in about an hour or so.

As a freelance writer, keep a copy near and read it every couple of months or so. It’s amazing the additional insight you’ll gain.

My Cheese and Demand Studios

The four main characters, Sniff and Scurry (two mice who react to situations as situations arise) and Hem and Haw (two ‘intelligent humans’ who analyze situations when situations arise) are placed in a maze with cheese stations from which they gain their purpose for life. The ‘Cheese’ in this book is a metaphor for money, wealth, health, status, whatever it is that makes people happy in life.

The book begins with all four characters enjoying an abundant amount of cheese at Cheese Station “C.” The insights begin to unfold when each character reacts to the dwindling and eventual total consumption of the cheese supply. When you read the book, you’ll see aspects of your own personality in each of the characters. Hopefully the more you read the book, the less you’ll relate to the undesirable character traits and see yourself in a more positive light.

Demand Studio Cheese

When Demand Studios recently changed its editing criteria, I got pretty annoyed. I mean after all, “I’ve been writing this way for them for months.” For about a week, I sang the same annoying song to my friends and family about how I spent so much time writing articles as I’ve always written them only to suddenly have them returned to me for rewrites. “How dare they!” What a pompous fool I was.

I’ll Fix Them

So, in full Hem and Haw mode I analyzed the situation and I decided that I’d fix them. I just won’t write for them anymore (They moved my cheese from cell station C). I mean let’s face it, as a freelance writer, I’ve always done it this way and that’s just the way I’m used to doing it!

I resolved the problem by not doing anything. After all, what’s a hundred or two hundred dollars a week? Why should I have to change? So, like Hem and Haw, I sat at that cheese less Cheese Station C until…

In Comes the Cheese Book

I call it Divine intervention, but for some reason I was prompted to pull out my copy of “Who Moved My Cheese.” I haven’t read the book in quite some time so I sat down and started to read it again.

Like a lightening bolt, I saw Demand Studios as my cheese and my reaction as Hem and Haw, the two ‘intelligent’ humans who sat around complaining and not doing anything about the situation. Sniff and Scurry, on the other hand, noticed the dwindling cheese supply so they put on their sneakers and ran through the maze looking for new cheese.

The Lesson I Learned

While it’s a daily habit of mine to scour the Internet looking for new opportunities (cheese), my current dilemma with Demand Studios doesn’t have to be an ‘all or nothing’ situation. If I take a little time to get a better understanding of their new editorial guidelines and modify my writing accordingly (and stop being so Hem and Haw like about it), I could partake of the old cheese while Sniffing and Scurrying around looking for new cheese. A win-win situation.

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • LShep September 13, 2008, 2:42 pm

    That’s too funny. A lot of sites pull stunts like that. I don’t know if you ever wrote for AC, but a lot of people depended on that income and then suddenly it wasn’t there anymore. I’m having a similar problem with another company right now- a complete change in the material available to write. Right now I’m searching for new cheese, but I’m in the mood to throw the old, moldy cheese at the wall.

  • Anne Krist January 31, 2009, 12:10 pm

    I just found Demand Studios on craigslist.com and was searching for articles to tell me if they were legit or not when I came across this. I’m beginning to look for writing gigs. From y’all’s comments, it sounds like they’re out there. Any tips on who to stay away from?

    Thanks–good luck with your own work.

  • Felicia January 31, 2009, 6:03 pm

    Hey Anne

    While Demand Studios has its hiccups and burps, it’s a legitimate writing opportunity. If you do sign up with them, make sure they are not your only source of freelance writing income.

  • Crystal December 10, 2009, 11:59 am

    Too cute, Felicia. Your pictures are especially appropriate. And good attitude – thanks for the reminder!
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..Type 1 Diabetes Hits Close to Home =-.

  • Grandma October 13, 2012, 8:35 pm

    I was thinking about this post today and thought it might be good to bring it up again for other readers. It is very true. Cheese gets moved by a lot of things!

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