Not a Slave to the Content Mill
I am really beginning to wonder about writing for these content mills. I started doing so to see if I was any good at it, and yes, I have earned a little money. Not much, but a little.
However, some of the assignments have made me think. Sometimes it seems to me that people want you to write something worth far more for a pittance and really take advantage.
I enjoyed what I wrote today, but really, there is no way I am going to spend a lot of time writing a well researched article for a couple of dollars and I want to know exactly what the client is paying the company.
That is the bit we do not see.
To be honest, I liked the topic and researched it for me. I don't really care if the client wants it or not. I have got wise now. Even if I cannot reprint what I write, the research is mine. I can make a new article out of it.
Now, I am considering my options. If people earn a few dollars for 500 words or so, what can you realistically charge if you go it alone? I do not even like the attitude of some of these companies. They are not always that respectful to their writers. They want to treat them like professionals, but not to pay them a decent part of what they get.
While they may have editors, I am sure something could be done in the form of a content writer's syndicate offering services via a website. Even if we merely charged twice the amount we are offered by these mills, then I think a fair body of people would want our services.
Maybe Persona Paper could be the springboard for a collective, or there is something out there I missed? I am back to writing my own stuff for now. I have learned there is work out there. These mills never run our of assignments it seems.
It may not earn, but I do not want to be a slave. Not forever, anyway. Oh I may write a few things for a pittance here and there, but it is definitely time to move on to better things.