It has been a fun ride but unfortunately, it’s time for me to throw in the towel and move on.
There is a wide selection of article publishing sites on the internet today. Among the many choices are: Wisegeek, textbrokers, ehow and helium. But these sites have one thing in common, and that is that they require writing samples. Why is this a concern? The writing sample you used can be rejected. And if you just so happen to be accepted, that’s one less piece of work you can show off to the public. Then there is the fact that many of these sites require its writers to choose from a pool of topics. This very site, however is unique in that it doesn’t force writers to undergo a lengthy process or choose from a range of topics. Instead, writers are allowed complete and total freedom over what they publish.
In a perfect world, Triond would consist of a happy and helpful community with plenty of good writers to its name. After all, the idea behind this site is commendable and unique. But the reality is that this site has been struggling for quite some time.
Make no mistake though, just two short years ago when I decided to sign up here to earn some extra cash, I didn’t think I had it. People always told me I was a good writer but it was something I’d despised. Given my problems with A.D.H.D, the mere thought of stringing together sentence after sentence wasn’t appealing to me; even on topics I’m passionate about. But despite the roadblocks, Triond allowed me to discover and hone my talents as a writer. Since then I’ve kept track of this site almost religiously, tracking my article views several times every hour. There was no better feeling than knowing my works were open to the millions of people that use the internet.
I remember waking up daily to see announcements from Triond, whether it be about contests or small changes throughout the site. Management seemed to take pride in their product. Not to mention the earnings were respectable. In fact, earning a few dollars per 600 views was not entirely out of the question. Two short years down the road however, and this site seems to have become a shadow of its former self. Gone are the periodic announcements from management and the contests, along with blog posts asking for the community’s opinions. And with all of this, the earnings have crashed as a result. The strong foundation that once held this site up is rapidly being weathered by carelessness and overall lack of interest.
Where did it all go wrong and why? Unfortunately, these questions can only be answered by Triond management. It’s disappointing and even a little sad to see a site like this crumble but that reality is becoming more and more apparent every day. It shows in our earnings, our views and in the community. Whatever management has in store, the future certainly looks grim.
With all of this said, unfortunately it’s time for me to throw in the towel as well. I thank Triond for giving me a life changing opportunity and the community members that have been very helpful throughout this wild ride. Your support and knowledge has allowed me to evolve not only as a writer but also as a person and I wish you nothing but the best of luck.
I did mention that I’d take my leave but I didn’t say that I’m giving up on writing altogether. For those who are interested, you can follow my work on Squidoo. Drop by and leave a comment and voice your opinions! Your feedback is always appreciated!