What do you want - blood?
Some people want blood with their writing , I swear. And for such little recompense too...
There's an old saying: you gets what you pays for . That is so true. And if you pay me half the hourly minimum wage for something that takes me quite a while longer than 30 minutes to write, you may not get the very best service I can provide.
Some people give me plenty of information to go on when I'm reviewing their products and websites. Others expect me to spin their one page startup into 400 words when there are only 20 on the page and some uninspiring photographs too.
As the photographers among you will testify, a good photograph can speak a thousand words. One of my regulars is a professional travel photographer. No problem there describing the photographs he produces of the places he visits. He writes an epic in one photograph. All I do is transcribe that epic to the written form.
But someone whose website is poorly presented and badly written gives me nothing to go on. Someone peddling an inferior product wants a silk purse out of their sow's ear, which I will struggle to provide. Yet another who expects thousands of people to come flocking to their site when it really doesn't have that reach, and neither do I. Plus if I was able to rustle up that amount of interest, Google would suspect I was employing unnatural links and bots and would penalize not only the site I was writing about, but also my own work.
Now, this piece is heading up towards the minimum 400 words I write for most of my articles. But this is a subject I am interested in and have an opinion on. When there's nothing to grab my attention and less to interest someone who isn't paid to be there, what's to do? Fluff will only go so far. Too much fluff will only attract the scam and spam crowd, who are no use to either my views or my client's site publicity. But if there's no content, no one will be interested anyway. I can't write about something that isn't there, and not providing it shows a lack of professionalism and pride in the product on the part of the seller. It won't succeed with that attittude.
Image Credit » Image is my own - my hardworked laptop keyboard