Wikinut, Two Drops of Ink, and a Lot More Besides

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 19th Jan 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/auav39_u/
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Where do you write? It is a key question it is vital to both the writer and the reader. A writer's success always depends on their readership and you must treat year readers well if you wish them to continue to read your work. This story tell of the trials and tribulations of the author and questions what the future may hold.

History, Professional Journals and my Blog

I have always said that I have been writing for most of my life, it is true, my first job was as a computer programmer for a small engineering firm in Southampton England, where I wrote computer programs with Basic and Fortran, and at that time claimed to be fluent in three languages, English, Basic, and Fortran. That said I soon learned that to use these other languages proficiently I had to improve my English, because I needed to communicate with others.

During the course of my IT career I learned other programming languages, including Algol, Cobol, SQL, Visual Basic, C, C++, C#, Java, Delphi, XML and a whole heap of others, but the most important language of all was an ability to communicate in English, I had to use English to write emails, progress reports, and as my career advanced project justifications, budgetary requirements, and had to communicate with a wide range of people in the businesses that I worked for as well as many client organisations. I found I had a knack for describing complex computer systems and how the functioned to lay people.

I was also at this time contacted by a few professional journals and asked to write on some specialist topics, I also had an opportunity to write a regular monthly column, which I rejected as there was no compensation, it wasn't that I needed the compensation but knew that developing a regular column would take time and effort, where I could not work on other projects. In hindsight it was the wrong choice because it would have raised my status in the industry.

Winding the clock forward many years and before writing for Wikinut I found myself being dismissed from my position as VP of IT Development due to the recession. Having spoken to several people many made a suggestion that I should start my own blog as a means of showcasing my ideas to prospective new employers, but having opened that particular doorway I was soon to discover that writing would mean a whole lot more. In reality I have been a professional writer for more than 30 years, most of that time I was business focused and some of the languages were computer speak rather than English, I also discovered that I was very interested in both writing and editing. I created a blog about IT strategy, although this no longer exists.

Wikinut, My home

Wikinut has been my home for the longest time, I joined in September 2010 and soon after published my first article "Software as a Service Deployment - The Challenges of the Cloud" and from here I started on a range of subjects, which I felt compelled to write about and to date I have written more than 500 pages, which have been viewed by more than half a million people.

I have to say that Wikinut is my home, but for the past 18 months I have been writing elsewhere as well, which I intend to continue

Wikinut to me is a great community, I have remained a member because of the community of writers that are here and have to say that Wikinut will continue to be a part of my future. I love moderating and helping other writers grow. Since the changes have been made to Wikinut, new members have been continuing to steadily join and post articles, which pleases me because it is clear that payment was not the main reason writers joined the site.

A general writing site differs from a blog - with a blog you need to keep the majority of the material focused on the goal of the blog, but with a general writing site it is always possible to explore new writing directions and I have to say that I have spent much of the last few years exploring new directions.

Two Drops of Ink

Some time in 2014 I was invited to write a guest article for a writing blog called Two Drops of Ink, since that time I have become a regular contributor and am currently preparing another article for publication there tomorrow.

The reason I talk about Two Drops is two fold, partly because it demonstrates part of my own evolution as a writer, but also because it is the type of site that I recommend to new writers that are looking to enhance their skills and writers must always looks for ways to grow. New writers should always seek out experienced writers who have been writing and blogging for many years in order to learn the lessons they have to offer about the challenges associated with writing.

My own evolution took me from simply writing to writing about the art and skill of writing, but in part this was aided by becoming an editor for an on-line magazine.

An Open Question

Of course I then come to the largest question of all, where next? Which direction should I take my writing in?

In part this was answered by taking up the challenge of entering the National Novel Writing Month competition last November and climbing the mountain of words necessary to win. Much of my time is currently being spent looking for a publisher (and the experiences gained there will become the topic for a future article).

But where I write in the future is very much an open question and there are lots of options. I have seen suggestions of other sites to write for including:

  • Daily 2 Cents
  • Examiner dot com
  • Hub Pages (where I have already written)
  • Info Barrel
  • Blasting News (which has invited me to write for them)
  • Daily Heckle

... and a whole list of other possibilities. It is important that I earn from my writing, but the majority of this will continue to come from other sources as it does at this time, but I would also like to earn a little more from article writing. There is no immediate answer as to which direction I may take and I do not expect to make any immediate decisions in this area, it is a matter of assessing potential and making steady progress towards a decision.

The future of where I write is partially concluded because I shall continue with both Two Drops of Ink and Wikinut, but I shall be looking at other outlets.

Readership is Important

I spend a lot of time ensuring that my writing is publicised and am constantly reviewing the channels used to make that happen. With the changes to Wikinut and the controversy that has caused many writers have decided to terminate their accounts, yet I have kept an eye on my readership statistics since that announcement on December 9th and have to say that my readership has remained consistent, with no drop off after that announcement that Wikinut will no longer pay as demonstrated by the above chart.

In this chart the peaks in October corresponded to fresh items being published, I have not published so regularly since October, being primarily occupied with novel writing through November and editing in December but overall it is easy to see that my Wikinut readership is not simply those that write on the site, but much wider reach through sites like Twitter and this has been aided by paying attention to my network and clearing out the deadwood from it.

The majority of my readers come from social networks, but when writing I believe in writing on subjects that are ever relevant and do so in a way that means your pieces can be found by search engines. One thing I have learned over the past year is that changing where you write is not an easy task, you have to take your readers with you, but there is a challenge here readers don't like change, so when you are ready to move it has to be correctly managed, but diversification may be better than change.

Picture Credits

The following pictures were used in this article:

  • Solent house and Wool house in Southampton by Peter Giblett.
  • Wikinut my Home - you see it is only at home you get comfortable enough, to personalise it.
  • Two Drops of Ink Logo by Scott Biddulph
  • Question mark - Royalty free image from IMSI (collection owned by writer)
  • Wikinut Readership for Peter Giblett Sep 2015 to Jan 2016

Other writing...

Peter Giblett regularly publishes here on Wikinut and contributes a semi-regular column on Two Drops of Ink, a site dedicated to the improvement of writing, grammar, and prose and his own blog called GobbledeGoox. Recent works on Wikinut include:

Wikinut is great a place to share some of your own personal wisdom by adding a comment or becoming a writer, join Wikinut and write.

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Blog, Earn From My Writing, Future, General Writing Site, Payment, Readers, Two Drops Of Ink, Wikinut, Write

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Author of "Is your Business Ready? For the Social Media Revolution"

Social media consultant, with C-Level background.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
20th Jan 2016 (#)

I am sure Peter that I speak for many here by saying , we are very grateful for your work as a Moderator on this site , and may you long continue to do so .
We appreciate all your hard work on our behalf.
Have a very bless 2016 for you and all your loved ones .
Stella ><

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Jan 2016 (#)

Thank you Stella. I am always pleased to assist however I may.

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author avatar Mariah
20th Jan 2016 (#)

I second Stella's comments Peter..and please give my regards to Marilyn on your Two Drops of Ink webiste, hope it proves to be a venture successful for you both.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Jan 2016 (#)

I will pass on your kind words.

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author avatar brendamarie
20th Jan 2016 (#)

I write for other sites but I stay here at wikinut. The moderator have been very helpful to me.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Jan 2016 (#)

As you can see from my article, I am considering other sites, but I only intend to use one, but will take my time deciding.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Jan 2016 (#)

I was interested, Peter, to learn that your reads have remained rather constant. Mine, however, dropped off precipitously after the change, from an average of 10,000 to 12,000 a week before December to about 5,000 now.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Jan 2016 (#)

Steve, I haven't seen you on Facebook or Twitter so I assume you have used other ways to bring traffic to your work.

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author avatar spirited
20th Jan 2016 (#)

Peter, you seem to have maintained your enthusiasm for writing all through all of this.

You are keen to continue growing yourself in this area, and to expand your writing.

It is good that you are still writing, given your problem with your eyes that you went through, and I have noticed just a couple of typos in this article too, so that problem might still be ongoing slightly as well.

I find it hard to maintain enthusiasm sometimes, and when you have such physical problems too it does make it very hard.

My own eyes have been giving me trouble. I have dry eyes from overusing the computer.

I have to cut back on my screen time for a while now.

I appreciated your sharing of your journey in this article, thanks Peter.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
21st Jan 2016 (#)

I have great problems proof reading at the moment on this computer because of a total loss of sound. I normally have a program read it all to me, but sound has died on this ageing computer.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
21st Jan 2016 (#)

This is a refreshng article especially that am tryng to monitor what was and is happening to our site. Interestingly checking my own stat is a far shy to most of the elders here more of a logger saw with a a few spikes that almost hit the thousand mark hahaha. You mentined blaster yet they dont have Asian countries are they legit? Peter am glad you still had the drift to anchor some of your creative juices here. More power and stay being a nut and bolt to this endearing site.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
21st Jan 2016 (#)

I am still investigating Blasting News to see whether they are legitimate. They want news and commentary about recent events, which would mean a change in writing style for me.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
23rd Jan 2016 (#)

(Reposted) our nutty site, if the heart of the matter is being profitable yet seeng the site already embarkng a good ads revivals...why dont we have a monatorium for few months for the site to recoup enough time to build some muscle before giving back to the source -the writers- whats due for them? The structural and behavioral adaptation of everything from animals to higher specie can not be denied. If the bears need to hibernate and wait for the end of winter, why we homo-nutty-sapiens can't do it for the very survval of our trbe and artistic conclave?

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
23rd Jan 2016 (#)

Saigon, I would like to see that happen, but to a large extent it will take effort to grow the overall readership once again. It takes readers to make a profit and a profit for revenue sharing. If I won the lottery I might try to buy the site and add some investment and upgrade it. I love the community we have here, but if we are to grow again the writers need to be involved in managing and improving the site.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
23rd Jan 2016 (#)

i totally understand for writing for me is a passion that continues on and on...am glad you are on some of the other sites i write on...for i have always admired your writing and who you are...
i also love wikinut and now that it has been 'cleaned up' it is so much quicker and easier to use so will add more again...best to you and your writings...

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
24th Jan 2016 (#)

I like the fixes they have made and how much faster it is.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Jan 2016 (#)

Thanks for this informative share Peter.

Most remain knocked out but ready to spring to life once some revival is in place especially with regard to residual income. I want to put my best efforts and that means more than couple of hours of intense work per post, so I will rather wait. I will be invigorated more by an active site and, of course, it boils down to active participation of members and that will be a problem unless they are motivated - siva

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
25th Jan 2016 (#)

Participation of members is important I agree. Thanks Siva.

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author avatar spirited
25th Jan 2016 (#)

'I want to put my best efforts and that means more than couple of hours of intense work per post, so I will rather wait."

It also takes me from two to four hours to write an article here.

If I have something in me that I want to write about though, the time factor seems not as important.

I write my articles now not all at once, a bit here and a bit there, offline, then I copy/past it to the site later. I have already selected my accompanying pictures etc, everything is ready, so it's just a matter of formatting it on the wikinut page then.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
26th Jan 2016 (#)

I have always written articles off-line then drop them into the relevant site when they are ready. In my mind it is the best way to write.

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author avatar spirited
26th Jan 2016 (#)

Yes, I would agree to that.

If anything goes wrong, like the internet going down, you also have your offline writing still intact then too!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
26th Jan 2016 (#)

95% of mine go into Evernote (bold, italics, and links as well) that way I can edit them whenever and wherever I feel like it.

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author avatar spirited
26th Jan 2016 (#)

I have thought about using Evernote myself from time to time, especially as you have mentioned its usefulness before in your articles here.

The fact that it displays advertising whilst it operates has put me off it until now.

Is this a problem for you, do you use the free version, or the paid for version?

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
27th Jan 2016 (#)

I have downloaded the product. That display on ad in the corner and doesn't change. To be honest I don't even notice it any more. The smart phone version doesn't display ads.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
26th Jan 2016 (#)

Great interesting article ~ full of wisdom. Thanks Peter.

Blessings.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
27th Jan 2016 (#)

No problem Helen

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author avatar Retired
31st Jan 2016 (#)

Great advice Peter.

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author avatar onenow
9th Feb 2016 (#)

You are a good writer. I appreciate everything you share here. - Elliott

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
10th Feb 2016 (#)

Thank you Elliot and tootsieharveynovels

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