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Until the Wheels Fall Off

WheelsA while ago Ken Crawford (where are you Ken?) used a phrase that I liked. He said once you find something that works, ride it until the wheels fall off. Well, that’s sort of what I’m doing with Demand Studios.

The Honeymoon is Over

Before it began my honeymoon ended. Of the few articles I wrote, I received complimentary comments from some editors and raging rewrites from others. Here’s what I’ve decided to do. Those rewrites or minor corrections that make sense, I’ll do them with a cheerful heart. Those that are raging rewrites, with the very same cheerful heart I’ll ignore them.

What does this mean? This means my tenure with Demand Studios is short lived. I believe they only allow a certain amount of abandoned articles before they give you the boot. Not sure this is etched in stone, but if I were Demand Studios, I might wonder why so many articles were abandoned.

Anyway, at first I thought of firing myself. It sounds so much better than quitting, but then I thought twice about it. There’s gold in them thar hills and it doesn’t make since leaving when it’s so ripe for the picking. So, instead I’ll continue to put my best foot forward and write to the best of my ability. I’ll ignore raging rewrites and let the chips fall where they may.

Other Irons in the FireSchool Bus

While I’m plopping a few chips with Demand Studios I’m working on some of my long-abandoned sites. Just by adding a few blog posts I saw one site come from obscurity to page 4 in the search results. Additionally the same site saw an increase in Google hits from an abysmal 4 to a whopping 14 in one day!

I know, I know, no matter how you slice it those numbers are pitiful, but they are moving in the right direction. I choose to remain hopeful.

Some Things Never Change

While things are changing with Demand Media Studios and some of my sites seem to be waking up a bit…my daughter missed the bus AGAIN! Some things just never seem to change! Gotta go drive her to school. Hope your day is as promising as mine.

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  • Joni December 11, 2012, 11:20 am

    I see what you mean. That was the biggest problem I had with DM. My writing remained the same but some editors I sailed right through with and others wanted almost every word changed. I could only reason that I was the same but the editors were different. The arbitrary edits were super stressful. Keep on keeping on.
    I know I let a good bit of articles go back when stopped writing for them. I figured like you did, if I kept abandoneding them they would eventually let me go. So I took a break instead. Like you said “til the wheels fall off”.
    Joni

    • Felicia December 11, 2012, 12:05 pm

      In a weird way I guess it’s good the editors are the way they are. It’s forcing me to do what I need to do.

  • Loretta December 12, 2012, 9:12 am

    I know I have said this often, but bear with me one more time. As it occurred again this morning, whenever I am in a temporary writer’s funk your post inspires me. This one was short, but your message is long-lasting. Immediately after reading “Until the Wheels Fall Off” I remembered a quote that I read somewhere years ago “The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you are and who you become.” Felicia, while sharing information is your primary mission, the underlying message in your NJFM posts is — remain optimistic and persevere. That makes the NJFM site priceless.

    • Felicia December 12, 2012, 9:23 am

      Thanks, Loretta.

      Your comments always make my day!

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