Trying to make money as a freelance writer is no joke. For about 15 minutes, I was a "member" of a "community" of writers who, if their articles are accepted, get paid (generally less than 20 bucks) to write content for the Internet. Since the Internet is about Everything in the Universe, you'd think I'd find a topic to fit my interests. I'm a mom, I edit PhD dissertations. I know some things, I didn't grow up in a closet. I've been around, right?
Well, not around enough. Here are some sample article titles. It's odd that the site, while it is scrupulous about format, wording, etc., gives no context for topics...at least in the initial stages. Are you writing for kids? Employed Ninja fighters? And for that money, who's willing to submit several drafts until they tell you who your audience is?
Anyone care to get rich answering the following?
HOW TO GET RID OF FILLMORE MOLES (Who's he?)
MAKING A PALM LEAF HAT
HOW TO BRAID KANGAROO LEATHER
HOW TO MAKE A SEAWEED VEIL (for your sister who's about to marry the god of the sea)
HOW TO BUILD A GREENHOUSE OF TEXAS NATIVE PLANTS makes me wonder how good their editors are. Cactus walls? Or do they mean FOR Texas native plants?
HOW TO INSTALL RECESSED CEILING LIGHTS IN A FINISHED TWO STORY HOUSE (Duh, call an electrician)
YOGA AFTER A TUMMY TUCK (freelance writers can afford tummy tucks?)
THE IMPORTANCE OF HUNTING VESTS (there has to be a catch. that one is too easy.) Ditto WHAT IS EMERGENCY HOUSING?
HISTORY OF DANCE FLOORS
Do I really want to tell the world WHICH STATES RECIPROCATE THE VIRGINIA CONCEALED WEAPON PERMIT?
WHAT CAUSES LARGE CRACKS ABOVE A SLIDING GLASS DOOR? Probably the same shrapnel featured in THE DANGERS OF BECOMING A DENTIST
And why are WOVEN ROVEN AND FIBERGLASS CLOTH USED TOGETHER? Funny, I woke up thinking about that.
It's making me feel stupid. I mean, I don't even know WHY IRISH DANCERS WEAR WIGS.
This one has real creative potential: HOW TO MAKE PORTALS (As in Being John Malkovich?)
Here's an intriguing listing. The only information given is PUNITIVE DUTIES. Do I write for prison guards or my friendly neighborhood dominatrix?
G2G, everyone. I need to see if I remember how to use a toilet.