I try not to get caught up in the competition for getting the most views or comments because it’s actually ridiculous. I am not specifically addressing BlogJob with this; Whether it’s a paying website like BlogJob or a free, unpaid social network like Facebook, I really don’t care if I go “viral” or not. On BlogJob specifically, I want to post articles of quality and some sense of completeness unless it’s my very personal Quotes For Release (which is still created in such a way that there is a clear narrative). I do like getting the initial 50 points and subsequent views from referring visitors from other websites, but I write content that is intended to be useful and/or timely. I should not be feeling disappointed that I don’t have the reach of more prolific bloggers because honestly they are working harder at promoting their blogs and deserve more attention…But I am.
Right now I admit that I’m feeling lost in the crowd of blogs, both on BlogJob and in a sea of blog websites. Part of it is my own doing. I say that I take my freelance writing on BlogJob seriously, which is true, but I could do much better at promoting my work and interacting with my fellow bloggers. One of the keys to being noticed in a positive way is to form a sense of community and encourage others. It’s true that the more you interact and show support, the more you receive. I absolutely need to increase my interactions. And I’m not just saying that so that I can draw attention to my work. My fellow bloggers at least on BlogJob (because I know them more here) deserve support. This is on me.
My frustration is stemming from a BlogJob message board discussion that has been resusitated entitled “What Do You Consider Quality Content?” The general consensus is that quality content falls between 500 to 700 words (more than a blurb but less than a mini-story) and readers can be turned off by longer content. I happen to write longer posts, usually because I’m so interested in the subject that I have a lot to say. In addition, my posts about current events and movie/book reviews have a lot of links that I cite and describe in the post. It is surprising how many words you use describing articles and such! The problem is that I often go over 700 words and readers prefer shorter posts, so I feel like they’re not reading any of my longer work.I don’t know how to negotiate what readers prefer with my writing style.
I am feeling unbelievably guilty right now. If you’re a BlogJob friend you already know why, but for those of you who don’t, have another embarrassing recap.
So in the past week or two, I’ve been highly recommending the paid-to-click (PTC) website BuxBery. I was impressed that they were shooting out ad after ad since none of my other PTC websites are that quick at giving me ads. Longtime users of PTC websites such as NeoBux and ClixSense can chime in if they have more information on this upcoming point, but it seems to me that these websites cap your earnings for a day so you don’t drain them of money. I’m not 100% sure this is true, but certainly I haven’t made 50 cents or more on NeoBux or Clixsense in one day like I did with BuxBery. Well, there’s a huge catch with using BuxBery. They’ve been having complaints of users not getting paid and in response they’ve taken off two forms of payment options, one being the ultra-popular PayPal. This is problematic if you are (well, were) a user who counted on getting PayPal money. I didn’t know about this until Sunday, March 22 when BlogJob user “Dick” said BuxBery was in trouble. I asked why, since I had just visited the site and had no problems clicking on ads. Well, that was when they removed PayPal and the other payment method, only leaving Perfect Money (whatever that is) as the redemption option. I am not happy with BuxBery and I’m even more not happy with myself. I promoted them on various status updates because I just thought they had all those ads to be nice to their users. Ugh!
I don’t know how to rectify my mistake in promoting BuxBery. This isn’t as easy as deleting a blog post or adding an ETA message to tell users “Never mind, I was dead wrong”. The good thing about me not having many followers on social media sites outside of BlogJob is that less people are mislead, but some of my BlogJob friends got curious about BuxBery based on my posts. It’s too late for me to undo all those posts. How do other bloggers go about correcting mistakes about questionable websites? I’ve never considered how to handle a situation like this.
I have another thing to be puffed-up about. I would love nothing more than to update my Freelance Writing Whisperings blog with a new first impression of a new-to-me website post, but I keep running into a wall. As my title states, paying online markets don’t exist apparently. I’ve diligently Googled or Bing searched “articles for pay”, “freelance writing websites”, “blog for pay”, “write for pay”, and many other variations. What in the world is going on? The majority of my search results either take me to other people’s blogs about paying writing websites (most that no longer exist) or blog posts about how to be an online freelance writer without any links. How is any of that going to help me? I wonder if the new hotness is social networking with pictures and without pay. Instagram and Snap Chat seem to be popular. God knows why you would share your personal images with the world when you aren’t compensated for it.
How am I going to maintain a blog such as Freelance Writing Whisperings if I don’t have content for it? It’s great that I don’t have content when blogging here on Blogging Blahs, but I want quality material to create quality blogs about! I can’t afford to delete the blog when it’s beneficial to myself as well as others, but I’m not sure I want to look like I’m neglecting it either. I was a loyal reader of this cat blog (which has nothing to do with paid writing platforms, but go with me here) that suddenly stopped featuring content. There was no warning about it shutting down. It just…stopped. I don’t want to put any of my potential readers in a frustrating position like that. What do other more experienced bloggers/freelance writers do when their niche content isn’t continually updated so they can write about those updates? Nobody told me how to handle this when I started blogging.
What happens if I delete my blog and then suddenly there’s so many paying writing markets that I can’t keep up with them all? I have deleted blogs only to realize they were exactly what I needed to focus on, maybe not all the time but whenever I needed to release some deeply pent-up thoughts, and I had to recreate the blogs. I’ve invested too much time in Freelance Writing Whisperings to delete it!
I’m at a conundrum. Did I use the word correctly? Anyway, I worry that no matter what I decide to do, I’ll make the wrong decision. Do you all have any thoughts?