Is it About the Money or Not?

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 26th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1_j9it2j/
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I've been asked in several comments why I care about stats. Knowing I had more than 300 words to say about the issue, I decided to write an article about it.

I Write for Wikinut because:

When I joined Wikinut, it was with the hope of earning some money blogging about things that I might otherwise comment on my free, non-paying blog or on Facebook. But I try to reserve my FB author page for stuff related to the fiction which I'm interested in selling or promoting, which isn't really allowed here. My regular FB page is mostly spent helping friend find remedies or sell their furniture. Occasionally, there will be a politically minded rant about life in the US. Given the number of non-Americans that I have taught over the years -- but that remain precious FB friends -- I try to remain impartial in debates on my page, or at least open to seeing both sides.
Wikinut seemed to be a way to let me write on several different topics, increase my readership, and possibly get people interested in me as a writer. And I certainly wasn't going to turn my nose up at 50% royalties from ads on my pages.

Shouldn't It Just Be About The Writing?

Personally, I hate these comments. No one goes up to a well-paid actor and says, "but shouldn't you just do it because you love it?" OK -- people probably do ask that. But that doesn't prevent Hollywood actors from bringing in over $1M a picture. So asking me why I want to make more than .17 British pounds after writing over 25 articles is about as insulting as asking a homeless person to give up her box in winter. Certainly, if I wanted to give up being at home with my kid on this summer day, and go to an office, and write ad copy from 8 to 5, I MIGHT be able to find a job like that and it MIGHT pay better than this does. And kudos to anyone living that lifestyle and enjoying it. I do a lot of writing because I enjoy it. And I enjoy when others enjoy my writing. I hope one day to have written enough material that sells to be able to say I make a living doing what I love. Until then, Wikinut bides my time and keeps me writing something everyday, whether I publish everyday, publish more than one thing a day, or save something for another day.

Wikinut is a Game, of Sorts...

Several Wikinuts have pointed out that Wikinut is a kind of game: if you don't write an article every day, your page views go down. If you don't have followers, if you don't comment, your page views go down; your comments (that others would make on your pages) go down. I easily get 50 messages from Wikinut Support each day just to keep up with what other Wikinuts are doing. And anyone who follows the same people I follow get dinged every time I ask a question or make a comment on someone else's article -- even those that are two to three years old. Making those comments, asking questions, and writing new content is the way to earn in this game -- make no mistake about it.

Suggestions

I know I'm new here. And I hope that in writing an article like this, I can help other newbies or raise questions others didn't know how to ask. Just because I ask a question or make a suggestion based on my limited knowledge doesn't mean I think I'm smarter or better than anyone else. It means I want other people to think about it, to see if my ideas make sense, would be reasonable to implement, or would overall improve the Wikinut experience. These questions/suggestions include:
1) Can Wikinuts follow articles, instead of authors?
2) Can Wikinuts stop following certain articles once they have posted an initial comment?
3) I know I tend to get pinged that a comment was made on a page I commented on -- and I return to the article to find that the last comment on the page was MY OWN. Can this be prevented?
4) Can we have more information in the message? I know the Wikinut inbox is supposed to be a kind of task box, with messages deleted as soon as addressed. However, for those who archive messages on a different platform (such as e-mail), knowing that there are 10 messages about one person's article is not as helpful as knowing what those comments were or who made them.
5) Having messages timestamped, in addition to being dated, might help make sure that authors would keep up and reply to all messages, and that those who comment don't return to a page they have just commented on because they have a message that a new comment was made.

While I think these suggestions would lessen page views, which may seem counter-intuitive to the Wikinut game, I would support having an authentic view of my reach than an inflated perception of it.

Page View Monster

If you are new to Wikinut, and want to read more of my articles about the experience, I encourage you to visit:
A New Writing Venture: Wikinut
My 10th article
My 25th article
Human Spam
1,000 Wikinut Nutpoints

Write for Wikinut: http://www.wikinut.com/in/wjejeh/
And don't forget to leave me a comment!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- phylcampbell.com -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
26th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks, MGB, for the quick turn-around and the STAR!! (Happy Dance!)

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author avatar Retired
26th Jun 2013 (#)

Great article! I too believe that one should write because one loves to write.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
26th Jun 2013 (#)

Phyl, I think you raise some good questions here.
I enjoy reading your articles so keep on keeping on.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
26th Jun 2013 (#)

i enjoy your articles too Phyl dear and this is very interesting...I find wiki a great platform to write on...it somehow draws me to it..the other I love is spiritualnetworks but then I am a cosmic being..when it comes to recompense that will come in its proper timing...this I totally believe...love and light to you....

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
26th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks, ladies!

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author avatar Johnny Knox
26th Jun 2013 (#)

Good points, Phyl. Being new here too, I think your article addresses successfully some important questions.

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author avatar Penny W-T
26th Jun 2013 (#)

Well put Phyl. I am one of those you mention who has already reached a position of being paid for my writing, but then it is my job and it has taken me 25 years of constant application (doing something i love albeit). You are right, payment is a compliment to one's writing skills. I joined wikinut to diversify my writing material and I find it a very good site.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
26th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks Penny and Johnny!

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
27th Jun 2013 (#)

Awesome Star article my friend. When I first started writing was to earn extra money, but as time went on and the more articles that I wrote the more fun it was and I was also getting more experience as a writer. One day I like to make this a career but in the mean time I will continue to write here and a few other sites that I write for and enjoy reading other articles from my friends on here. Keep up the awesome writing my friend.

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author avatar Grumpybear
27th Jun 2013 (#)

Yes I came to Wikinuts looking for some way to fill my time and maybe touch other people as well. I wanted to make a few dollars to. To mostly feel I was making a difference to. Maybe help people in some small way. I used to be a voracious reader until I got careless with my diabetes and messed my eyes up. I stayed because I liked the people and being a part or friend to them. :)

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
27th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks, Clarence! Grumpybear, you take care of yourself. I want you as a fellow Wikinut for a good long time!!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Jun 2013 (#)

It does all boil down to want we need or want--:0)...good points made, thanks Penny-:0)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Jun 2013 (#)

Sorry Phyl!... just came from Penny's page- my fingers type faster than my mind thinks...LOL-
I know it is you-:0)

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author avatar WOGIAM
24th Apr 2014 (#)

I write because I have so many thoughts going around in my head but I am not active here due to my schedule. Writing is also therapeutic for me and to earn some income is an added bonus.
Thanks for your comments.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
24th Apr 2014 (#)

And thanks for yours. Writing is therapeutic. Getting feedback ups the game. But I think most people log into a site that promises royalties with some expectation of a modest income. And there's modest and there's hang your head in shame why are you continuing to contribute, and every person has his or her reasons for choosing the paths taken.
Thanks for your comment.

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