I have literally thousands of triond fans and friends, but the assumption that so many followers will guarantee plenty of daily views is completely false – the only thing that gets you certain viewing figures is good writing.
There are some days when I get up and realize, with some dismay, that my life revolves around keeping up my standing at triond. I literally spend several hours daily researching and writing new posts which I then submit, and the site is a huge part of my life. I get nothing like as many views here as I do at wikinut, but the pay is way better, and even though I heartily recommend joining wikinut and posting there – just to get those extra views and increase your web profile – I will probably always prefer triond - http://www.wikinut.com/in/ughfl/
The problem is that I get days – as I am certain does every other writer – when I really do not want to be bothered, but we all know only too well how self-destructive such mornings are, and I try to shrug such feelings off, but the fact that my rheumatoid arthritis renders me basically unable to do much of anything else makes it hard to do that. I have found that writing is some respects the only thing I find myself able to do, so I pour all my energy into it.
However, when I get bouts of severe pain, which happen quite often in spite of the medication I take daily, then the desire to do anything creative takes a back seat. I do find myself asking – often – exactly how much difference it makes that I have literally thousands of triond fans and friends, because the assumption that so many followers would guarantee plenty of daily views is completely false – the only thing that gets you certain viewing figures is good writing, and even then there is no certainty.
I do wonder how others see their own participation on this site, and indeed what their own writing lives are like in terms of the part played in them by content farms like triond? If the writing is a part-time thing, how do they feel about t, but if the commitment to writing is more serious, do they see the site as more of a springboard than a serious place to post work? As somebody who has previously known the pleasures of making hundreds of dollars for single pieces of writing, I understand how frustrating the low pay scenario can be.
Sometimes, when you are feeling down, just getting your thoughts down on paper is very therapeutic, and this small sharing with you all of the way that I am feeling has been very helpful for me. Triond is one of the best sites of its type, and having written on environmentalgraffiti and squidoo, I feel I have the right to that opinion. In the heyday of the site, EG was very good to me, but those days of mega views and big money are things of the past, so right now triond is a good place to put your writing out on display.
This started out as a morning when I was unsure how much writing I might do, yet now I feel invigorated, and once more ready for the fight. If you have not yet either obtained copies of my short-story collections – avaiable on amazon kindle at - http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006IYVA1K
or yet posted your reviews then please do so ASAP. My fiction is good reading at great prices, and surely genuine fans and friends will want to support me by buying copies?