It has been nearly five months since I first heard and signed up for Triond. I have decided to share my reflection of Triond and my goals pertaining to this site.
August 24th of the year 2009 was the first day I signed up for, and wrote an article for Triond. I remember how excited I was that day; an opportunity to earn the “big bucks” simply by doing something I naturally enjoy. I wrote 4 articles in the first day I signed up for the site and 10 by the time the September rolled around. Pressing the submit button was exhilarating knowing that soon my amateur attempt at a column will find it’s place in the virtual realm. I waited anxiously hoping other users would critique my work positively. Indeed, two articles of mine exploded in the first month, and I watched as I received viewership of upwards of 100 people daily (I realize this might be insignificant to many of the veteran Trionders out their). This only added to my expectations of what was to come.
Unfortunately for me, the month of October was my reality check. Viewership dwindled in the low 10s and 20s and my income shriveled along with it. I don’t believe I ever assumed that I was going to get much from Triond, however I found myself unable to earn anything similar to what I earned in the month of September. Despite writing more articles (articles which were inspired and heart-felt) my viewership bar refused to attain any altitude. This left a bitter taste in my mouth and I found myself aggravated when I realized my payment for the month of October was only 1/3 the amount of money I received for the month of September.
With this failure, however, I researched my options to get views. It never occurred to me when first signing up that I needed to advertise my product; possibly it was naive of me to overlook it. I found a very insightful article on Triond telling me the benefits of having your articles posted on sites called Redgage and Shetoldme. I immediately signed up for both. The benefits, though hard to distinguish at first, have been helpful in the long run and I’m more than happy I signed up for them. Redgage especially as they are capable of paying you for content you post to Triond. Just this month I was credited for two dollars and featured on the main site for an article I submitted to them months ago. It certainly was a pleasant surprise. Shetoldme has the capability of allowing you to earn money through Google Adsense, however I haven’t bothered with that, much as I haven’t bothered with Adsense on Triond.
I also noticed a trend in articles posted to Triond. Long, inflated articles received less viewership than shorter more concise articles. For me, writing shorter articles is a challenge; I prefer to state everything rather than summarize with the threat of editing out some vital information. Shortening in itself is a difficult task, but I am working towards writing more reader-friendly articles. Those who have friended me on Triond write comparitively shorter articles than I do but produce them daily. Because of this, I imagine they get more readers.
I have also started to add at least one picture to my content. Perhaps it is a false notion, but I have found that my articles are posted faster if they have some sort of media in them. I make sure I have some sort of picture or video relevant to the article posted inside my column. If adding a picture doesn’t speed up Triond’s approval process, it still is a nice visual addition to my article. No one wants to stare at a wall of text.
The biggest change that occurred with me was that I abandoned the notion of any sort of real income. I still smile when I see I have earned such-and-such money from such-and-such article, but I am now much more interested in the total views of the article. I have only one article that has passed the 1000 views mark, but that article is the one that I am most proud of. That article, Small things girls can do to peak a boy’s interest, and a similar article, 10 Questions to Answer to Determine If He Likes You, even got on the site Beyond Jane’s “Popular posts” tab, a triumph I was sure to screen capture.
Even if my view count is still relatively low, I continue to write for this site. When it comes down to it, I take far more enjoyment in writing and having people read my content then anything else. Money is always nice and is partially the reason I’m still posting to Triond rather than another site or a personal blog, but is entirely aside from my main goal.
Triond is a part of what I do now. I am currently subscribed to some excellent authors who create content which I enjoy thoroughly. I visit Triond daily to check up on changes in my article’s view count or perhaps to respond to comments that I feel need a response. Even if the Triond forums isn’t particularly my cup of tea, I still take a look from time to time.
I look forward to the next 25 articles I create with Triond. I hope to learn better ways to promote my content and perhaps expand the subjects I currently write about. Triond certainly is not what I first expected it to be, but I’m more than happy I created this account for what it is to me now.