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Living in Transient Times

Having earlier seen an advertisement for another website, I decided to investigate, out of curiosity. The first I turned up about this particular related to its apparent wholesale last year of content by writers who had been members there for some years. Removed, moreover, with just two weeks' notice.

That sounds depressingly familiar when you stack it up against the of YCN, Squidoo's acquisition by HubPages, the closure of Teckler and Helium, and downgrading of payments from the other site. Before that, there was Suite101, which underwent several changes in 2012-3. I hear Shvoong has not had it all their own way either.

It seems as if humans (especially ) have no option but to accept that their work is transient and fleeting and to keep creating at a rate of knots rather than continuing to revise and refresh only the articles they already have. Occasionally something will go viral, but only occasionally, and nothing much seems to have long term potential these days.

I guess it's all part of the diminishing attention span that humans appear to be exhibiting lately. Only what is new and fresh is worth the time and effort to read and stale work gets nowhere.

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MelissaE wrote on January 16, 2015, 7:46 PM

That is an interesting thought. I find myself agreeing. I was just saying to my husband and son that I wanted to retire (sooner rather than later), but I want some halfway decent income coming in along with my pension. How does a writer make it anymore? Sell movie rights? Is it even possible to make a living writing?

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 7:55 PM

Private clients on places like elance, freelancer, peopleperhour and fiverr are probably your best bet. Some of them still pay decently, it's not all content mill sites. Alternatively, if you're good at writing short articles quickly then you could quite happily look at content mill sites.

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 16, 2015, 8:24 PM

I have to agree, I have been a seller on for more than 3 years and I have made pretty good money.

celticeagle wrote on January 16, 2015, 11:29 PM

I think that we have to , at some point, take things into our own hands. If we want it bad enough we have to get schooling or whatever to help us understand how to get our stuff published, advertised and bought. These site that utilize our writing for content are just using us and so why not use them until we have learned the ropes and then move on. Like a stepping stone.

DDS1 wrote on January 17, 2015, 1:51 AM

Bubblews was good until the recently and here I quite like and see a maybe steadier future for. Hubpages is good especally as your articles mature, but not as light and easy to use as here or bubblews .

nbaquero wrote on January 17, 2015, 7:05 AM

WordChazer In that sense, writing for such sites, is similar to writing for a newspasper, content needs to be current to attract readers. Good point you have.

Bethany1202 wrote on January 17, 2015, 10:04 AM

I've been thinking about this a great deal lately. Some things were good while they lasted... : /

BodieMor wrote on January 22, 2015, 6:36 PM

Oh my, I've never heard of any of those sites. I hope that PP is the stable place so many here believe it to be...

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 28, 2015, 12:12 AM

I feel like a bit of a tool saying "supply and demand" but I think that's a factor. As I type this, the only $-generation is based on the idea that your eyes will stray and see the "Stormfall - Age of War" ad inviting you to "Fight!" I could be writing about climate change or ISIS or my dog's inconsistent bowel movements - it doesn't matter: Stormfall made you look.