Writing Online Content: Is the Criticism Valid?

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 28th Jun 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The demand for online content writing is increasing. Thousands of readers search the net daily, looking for information, opinions, stories and poems. That writing has to come from somewhere.

Online Content

Writing quick, snappy online content is becoming a major part of the online community. There are many sites to choose from and many writers all around the world submitting to these sites, in the hope of being read.
Some write for money, some write for pleasure, some write simply when they feel they have something to say. The simple fact is people are writing and submitting, for whatever reason. Readers expect to find answers to their questions, information to suit their needs or work from their favorite writers to read over their coffee break. There wouldn’t be many computer owners who can say they’ve never searched a topic of interest online. That content has to come from somewhere.

Is Online Content Real Writing?

Many of you reading this piece will be online content writers as I am. You choose to write and submit work, just as I do. You may be confident enough to tell your family and friends what you do with your time. If that’s the case, you’ve probably heard the exclamation, but that’s not real writing! This comment usually comes from those who’ve never written, or those who write poetry and fiction.
I’ve been on the receiving end of this comment many times. All I can say is, excuse me, can you define writing? Doesn’t the writing process consist of working with words and ideas, then putting them on paper, or in this case the computer screen, in such a way that a message is imparted to the reader? I can’t help wondering what I do each day if it’s not called writing.

The Payment Issue for Writers

Another criticism you may receive about spending your time writing online content is that you’re under selling yourself. You’re not getting paid what you’re worth.
To friends who throw this into any writing discussion, I simply ask how much income they’ve received in the last month. Quite often the answer is nothing.
I then ask them how many letters they’ve written to the editor of the local paper, how many school or work newsletters they’ve written or contributed to and how many publications have they contributed to for nothing more than the experience or writing exposure. Quite often the answer is several.
Often these so called real writers have written poems for sheer enjoyment, knowing they’ll never get paid. They’ve spent hours researching and writing interesting articles, only to have them rejected. They’ve written real writing, in the form of short stories and novels and are still hoping for acceptance from a publishing firm somewhere.
All that submitting, often in vain, costs money, especially paper and postage stamps.

Time Issues for Writers

Another aspect of the payment issue is the time factor. I prefer writing online content, gratefully receiving the small payments that come my way. I do not have the time or the interest for going out into the community to interview people, which is what many magazine or print publication articles require. I prefer to write off the top of my head, hoping that someone somewhere will either enjoy or benefit from what I’ve written.
Looking at time another way, content writers rarely have to wait more than 24 hours to learn whether their piece has been accepted or rejected. Real writers must be frustrated, having to wait weeks, sometimes months, drawn daily to the empty letter box hoping for a reply.

Choose to Be a Real Writer

My plea to all online content writers out there is continue to hold your head high. Choose to write the style of writing you feel most comfortable with. Have your answers ready for those who must criticize. Be a real writer.

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Online Content Writing, Online Sites, Payment Issues, Real Writing, Writing

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author avatar Val Mills
Self-published writer, coffee drinker, enjoying life. Also found at
writingyourstories.wordpress.com and http://downatthebaths.blogspot.co.nz/

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author avatar chrysolite
28th Jun 2010 (#)

Thanks for the great article! Criticism is out and writing online is in! I calculated myself and seen it on other sites that people who have close to 1000 pages online earn quite well. I especially like Wikinut, because they let us write in our own style and our own ideas! Thanks again for the great article!

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author avatar Judith C Evans
29th Jun 2010 (#)

Well said! I shall hold my head up high... :)

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author avatar ScottHallock
29th Jun 2010 (#)

Very well done piece...I really liked this article..Thank you

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author avatar Retired
29th Jun 2010 (#)

Yes, I really like this article, too.

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author avatar wonder
6th Jul 2010 (#)

An intelligent share, solves many questions in my mind.

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author avatar Lois
7th Jul 2010 (#)

Great article.
You are now followed. :)

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author avatar Retired
7th Jul 2010 (#)

this is very true and very interesting, yes I hear the but you don't get paid much quite a bit!

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author avatar Retired
16th Jul 2010 (#)

Great article! I really enjoy being an Internet writer:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
4th Jul 2011 (#)

Very valid points, lovely "read", thank you Val...:0)

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