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Write It and Forget It

When it comes to writing for the web, I’ve taken on the mindset of write it and forget it. Unlike writing for print publications, the web provides immediate and permanent feedback in the form of comments.

Just about every online newspaper, content site and blog (of course), allow readers to voice their opinion about what they’ve just read. Personally, unless it’s my own blog, I’m not too interested in reading comments on my work.

Let me see if I can clarify that so it doesn’t sound too harsh. Let’s take eHow for example. eHow allows readers to rate and comment on each article. Early on, I had the comment notification option enabled so I was notified of each and every comment (big mistake).troll

There were the obligatory “Great article” and “Thanks for sharing.” There were also the occasional (well not so occasional) spam and self promotional comments. Added to the mix, are the trolls that not only hate the articles but they do everything in their power to make their feelings known. Things like one star rating, argumentative posts and the occasional illiterate rant.

For the above reasons, I write it and forget it. If someone really wants to give constructive feedback, ask a question or (ahem) notify me of a typo, they usually find a way to contact me. The internet is overflowing with folks who enjoy tearing people down and I choose not to give them the opportunity to screw up my day.

The Occasional Look Back

Now that I’ve given my philosophy, I was goaded into making a comment. The recent USA Today article sparked a few comments that painted eHow writers as amateurs that are being taken advantage of such “writing mills.” Personally, I wouldn’t have known about any of the comments if it were not for my brother. He took offense when one of the comments referred to me as being an amateur writer.

I thought about leaving it alone, but then I realized that the USA Today article gave a wrong impression. The quote about earning $3,000 for 300 eHow articles is misleading. Folks who don’t understand that eHow earnings are 100% residual will get the impression that I spent my time writing 300 article for $10 each and will not earn more unless I write more. So, in all fairness to the commenters, I felt it necessary to Rememberclarify things.

Back to Forgetting It

Now that I’ve done that, I’m back to write it and forget it. You see, at my age, forgetting things is the easy part, it’s remembering that gets to be a little tough.

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Deanna November 3, 2009, 1:00 pm

    I’m looking forward to the day when people understand that what works for one person may not work for another, but that doesn’t make it wrong. This whole argument between “real writers” who write for print media and “hack writers” who write for residual income reminds me so much of the constant battle between moms working outside the home vs stay-home moms. Ugg! If those of us who write for residual sites are happy doing it, why should anyone else care? I like your attitude – write it and forget about it. 🙂
    .-= Deanna´s last blog ..November Goals & Examiner.com =-.

  • Crystal November 4, 2009, 10:16 am

    Great philosophy. I seem to be on auto-pilot with this one – usually can’t remember what I’ve written anyway! After a short while (like as soon as I hit “submit”) it all becomes a blur.
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..Another Cool Way to Save Some Cash =-.

  • prerna November 9, 2009, 5:14 am

    I agree with you wholeheartedly about writing and forgetting.. The only place I really pay attention to comments is on my own blog and that’s about it..
    .-= prerna´s last blog ..Book Review – The Power of Respect by Deborah Norville =-.

  • Tawnya March 1, 2011, 4:39 pm

    I know this is off topic but can anyone tell me what sites are like textbroker. I already write for them but i cannot get a payout because i do not use paypal any more.

    • Felicia March 1, 2011, 5:56 pm

      That’s a tough one, Tawanya. Most sites pay via PayPal. Did you check out the “Opportunities” tab here on NJFM?

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