My Wikinut Black Belt – Hi Ya!

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 10th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2ojwhztt/
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It's been a little more than a year, and over 100 published articles, but I now have my black belt in Wikinut. Hi Ya!

5000 + Nutpoints

I knew it was coming. Many of my friends on this site already had theirs, and they were normally received around 5000 nutpoints. My own nutpoints meter seemed stuck in the 4900s. Monday when I was at 4999, my husband thought I must have been watching the soccer match, because I yelled – “I was SOOO close!” But after 13 months and over 130 articles on this site, my belt color finally changed from purple to black.

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(Today's images are courtesy of MorgueFile or this site with some adaptations by me!)

Keys to Earning (Nut)Points and (Page) Views

If you are trying to increase your statistics, here are some simple, yet important reminders:

Login every day. Every day you log into Wikinut, you get a nutpoint. Simple as that.

Comment on other people’s articles. I have about six followers who don’t comment on my latest piece until I comment on one of theirs. And I’m starting to adopt a similar policy for certain writers who post five or six times a day and don’t comment. Yes, reading and commenting takes time. I just spent three hours commenting on over 100 articles by others writers on this site. But if you don’t intend to give it the necessary time, then what are you doing on this site? More than making money, this is a site for networking, getting exposure, and honing one’s craft. That includes reading other people’s work as well as producing your own. Many other Wikinut writers have pointed out that there are better sites to write articles in search of quick payouts -- even with the recent loss of Yahoo Voices, which is why several new writers are here (and welcome, if you are here to write and participate in the forum).

Publish quality articles (with images). One of the biggest complaints I have for other writers on this site amounts to laziness. I comment things like “where are the pictures?” Pretty simple – if writers don’t value me as a reader, I don’t value them as writers. Harsh? Perhaps, but at least I’ve tried to give fair warning.

Follow new people. There are some new Wikinuts who are feeling kind of lonely in our little world. They write some great stuff, too. In my next section, I will introduce a few new Wikinuts you may have missed, and why I think you should check out their work.

New to Wikinut -- see who you've been missing!

Janette Kirchner -- feminism and poetry

dis-cover -- high quality travel pages

Feisty -- health and money pages that aren't rehashes of the same old stuff

Peter P -- great film reviews

Two who aren't new to Wikinut but are new to me include Snerfu (2012, comedy in the everyday, plus useful tips) and Ptrikha (2012, ginormous history buff; also recently engaged in revamping articles to improve views).

Sometimes writers get involved in life or other writing. Their posts can be ignored in their absence or even once they return. Or they may be better at writing than connecting with others. When you see someone making a genuine effort to connect, the bone you throw them could help you establish your own lifeline later. I think we do a good job celebrating great contributors here, but we also miss a lot of diamonds in the rough. I'd like to help bring change to that.

I have recently chosen to follow many people who commented that they came from Yahoo Voices. I hope they will be rising stars here, but haven't seen enough from them yet to give an endorsement. But I hope they will connect here, give a shout out, and do well. Their success is theirs, but it is also yours; it is mine, as well.

Fears in my beginning

I was a newbie a year ago, so I understand at first worrying about copyright infringement and finding good images. But even if you don’t have a smartphone with a camera, there are public domain sites whose images can be used without attribution. It is also a straightforward thing to give credit to the original image creator in posts where a stock photo just won’t do. Does it add time to the article writing process? You bet it does. Is your reader worth it? I better be!

Videos are even trickier than photos, because there isn't an "embed video" link. The picture for this section demonstrates how to write the code for correct video placement. The article it came from is featured in bold in the next section.

Quality over Quantity -- I mean it!!

In addition to the articles written by our moderators on creating quality articles, many Wikinut writers, myself included, have written articles on quality improvement. Not to overstate the case, but many of these “how to write for Wikinut” articles have gotten hundreds, even thousands, of hits from writers trying to learn more and improve their crafts. Here are mine, all but the last two are in order of publication. I know I see a lot of growth (and especially confidence) from my earliest article to my latest. For example, I use videos much more often now

New Writing Venture
Amazon or Smashwords Photos
My 10th Article
My 25th Article
1000 Nutpoints
Why Offer Critiique
Is it about the Money or Not?
40,40,40
Making and Embedding Videos -- Very Important!!
1500 Nutpoints
50th Article
50,000 Hits and Counting
100th Article
Frigid February Following Frenzy
FFFF follow up
Author of the Day
Open Letter

Perfection is Unattainable; Strive Anyway

I've been published over 130 times on this site. I have greater than 80% of my articles starred and now I am a Black Belt Wikinut writer -- which I am honored by and grateful for. I still make mistakes in my writing. I get distracted by my kid, forget to post sources, make a silly spelling error or typo here and there. It happens. It happens.

But as an experienced commenter and non-moderator, looking at only the articles that get published (including many that I might have tried to reject) -- I have to say that people who post more than two articles a day and don't bother with pictures generally turn off viewers faster than hypocritical women- and gay- hating viewers trying to escape my pages. Not every reader is going to be a member of your audience. But if your audience is the moderator and you, it will take you a LONG time to earn your black belt. Understandably, you will be disappointed in the experience and you won't stay. Far better to become a member of the community by engaging with the rest of us. Even if we don't agree, we can have some interesting conversations!!

(If you don't like my politics, there are at least six Wikinut authors who've unfollowed me who would love to add you to their circle(s). You will have to find them yourself, as I've conveniently forgotten who they were. But they're out there...)

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Black Belt, Images, Wikinut, Wikinut Community, Wikinut Experience, Wikinut Getting Views, Wikinut Writers, Wikinutpoints

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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 cnwriter..carolina
13th Jul 2014 (#)

this is simply marvellous Phyl...great piece...well done and congrats too!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
13th Jul 2014 (#)

love the last bit about the silly 6...many have unfollowed me ha ha and I laugh all the way to the bank and 1500 views or more daily...plus the Ass lady who rants on mine and other's pages...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Jul 2014 (#)

I had a good laugh while writing it, to be sure... :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Jul 2014 (#)

What a post to celebrate earning a black belt, Phyl. Not only you are over the moon but you have taken us along too! And thanks for the blunt talk which I admire - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks, Siva!! I do enjoy it!

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Good morning, Phyl - congrats. Water seeks its own level; I've lost a few and gained a few, much like yourself. No problem, like the ones who stayed. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Jul 2014 (#)

TY Marilyn.You beat me by a bit in Black status; also I am so proud of all the other great things you do. Cheers!

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Well done.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Jul 2014 (#)

TY Randhir!

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author avatar Retired
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes, I'm a new migrant to Nut from the abandoned fields of Yahoo. As there, things valued here include not only the love of writing but also informing, marketing one's words by networking and supporting others with the same passions. Your tips are good ones. A hearty hello to you!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Jul 2014 (#)

Great to meet you, LeRain. Cheers!

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author avatar spirited
14th Jul 2014 (#)

great article Phyl.

A black belt certainly brings out the sharpness in your writing. It might prick a few into following your suggestions. The writing site called Helium has also folded will finally close in December.

Hope this site stays around for a while.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Me, too!

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author avatar snerfu
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Phyl, I watched the moon for a long time last night..it did not change color or anything. Did I miss the point altogether (like always)?

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
14th Jul 2014 (#)

A supermoon should mean that the moon is closer to us than usual. But like you I could not really tell a difference. We are supposed to have 2 more in the fall, so I don't know if they will appear brighter than last night's.

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author avatar Ptrikha
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Congrats on reaching the Black belt Milestone! You write so superbly. Your Writing is an inspiration for us to improve ours, and what you write is so gripping and interesting.
And I am honored to have my name mentioned here.
You surely deserve a Big Toast!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
15th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks, Ptrikha! Clearly I have been enjoying your articles as well!

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author avatar Retired
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Congrats on reaching black belt level here. I enjoy reading your articles and this one had lots of tips to put to use to move on to new levels.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
15th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks, Carol. I try! ;)

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author avatar C.D. Moore
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Congrats Phyl. Well deserved!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
15th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks, C.D.

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author avatar Utah Jay
14th Jul 2014 (#)

Well good enough for you, congratulations on your new belt. Being new here I wonder about posting sources. I write poetry, post my own photographs, use nothing from others. Should I make myself the source for my photos?

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
15th Jul 2014 (#)

If you're taking your own photos, you may want to mention it in the moderator notes, Utah Jay. I'm not a moderator, but it seems like using pictures I have taken is slightly preferred to using stock images. And it lets the mod know that you are putting forth extra effort instead of swiping a photo and using it without giving the proper credit. Good luck!

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author avatar Janette Kirchner
15th Jul 2014 (#)

Congrats on reaching black belt status, and thank you so much for the mention.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
16th Jul 2014 (#)

No problem! Thanks for noticing! ;)

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author avatar Jacque
16th Jul 2014 (#)

Great job! :)

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
17th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks, dear! So glad you stopped by again!

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author avatar n.c.radomes
17th Jul 2014 (#)

I rejoice with you in your bagging the black belt status. Congrats for a job well done and for the helpful tips as well.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
18th Jul 2014 (#)

Congrats on getting your black belt on here. Keep up on your excellent work.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
18th Jul 2014 (#)

Many thanks, n.c. & Clarence!

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Jul 2014 (#)

Congrats friend.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
27th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks, Kingwell!

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author avatar Courtney
28th Jul 2014 (#)

Congratulations on earning your Wikinut Black Belt! Your article has been very helpful to me as I am new to this site from Yahoo Voices. I am still trying to read through and understand the writing style for this website, but I'm hoping your other articles about how to write for Wikinut. I also didn't know about being able to use images from public domain sites. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
28th Jul 2014 (#)

I'm so glad you found it useful! Welcome to Wikinut! I hope you find us to be a good and welcoming community!

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author avatar Sherri Granato
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Nicely stated. Congrats on your hard work and accomplishments.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks again, Sherri!

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author avatar Retired
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

Congratulations, Phyl. Commitment leads to achievement. I think it will take me quite a long time to reach your status. Time is one problem and slow Internet connection doesn't make my life any easier. I am not likely to give up though.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

Ha Ha! It is amazing how we see ourselves. I know many people who want to get to Blackbelt status; I want to get to a respectable payout status. I know time and interesting articles are the biggest factors toward these goals. Thanks for commenting!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
11th Sep 2014 (#)

What a goal to achieve. Congrats are in order. As a newbie I appreciate you points. I want to be a better writer. One way is to heed good advice such as you have given.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you, Lee! I gave you a hat tip in my article today for the term "sheroes." I know you are already on your way to writing quality articles that will inspire many.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
1st Apr 2015 (#)

Very well said. I wasn't sensitive to the idea of looking at other people's work as well as publishing one's own. I just read and write, and hope good readers appreciate.
Kudos though.

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