We all know that this is not the place to earn any decent amounts of money for our writing, but the fact is that if we want it to be fully appreciated and more widely viewed, we need to think again.
I have spent the past few days deliberately aiming to find out just what the score is with views on triond, and the results, whilst hardly a surprise in real terms, certainly gave me food for thought. I am not prepared anymore to give up so much time and effort to such a poorly rewarded destination for my writing ability.
The average number of views over the past few days have hovered around the 250 mark, which some might consider fairly good, but this actually represents daily earnings of 25 cents, or a massive $7.50 in a month. WOW! Considering that I have posted close to 1600 different items on this site, the fact that – if I am very lucky – at best one in seven MIGHT get viewed on any single day. Pretty damn pathetic, Would you not agree?
That is why I have turned more to the writing of fiction and the general idea of just not wanting anymore to keep on banging my head against this unbreakable wall of indifference that seems to grip the overwhelming majority not only of the triond membership – Supposedly VAST, by the way – or that of the general viewing web public.
I realised that the ONLY way to attract views on the site is to post NEW content every single day, but it cannot be just one post, no, it has to be several, and they have to be just right to grab the attention of at least few dozen viewers each, or you find you were wasting your time all along. On a REALLY good day I personally found that 100+ views on any one post was a truly GREAT result!
Now to me, having known what it is to get REAL recognition for writing talent, this situation is no longer acceptable. I would, in all honesty, be loathe to totally abandon all of the effort I have so far put in to the whole triond experience, simply because there is so much of me involved, but I can no longer be happy about putting so much in and getting so little out.
If it were not for the continued loyalty of fans and friends such as Kristie Claar, Sheila Barnhill, Sheila Newton, Mark Jones, Erin Miller, Rachel Dove and several others, I would probably have reached the conclusion long ago that, even if the money is not that big an issue, the general lack of recognition simply gets me down, as a writer, far too much to be continued with at the same pace.
I have written three GREAT e-books – the latest with Erin Miller – http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006IYVA1K – yet the number of people buying them on the site is pretty much limited to loyal followers. It is only because I do not want to disappoint them that I keep on posting stuff here at triond, but rest assured that as I get more active in the writing world beyond this site, my input will diminish here.
What any of us need to do to get noticed is simply to accept that this site is very limited, though not as limited as expertscolumn has turned out to be, with truly draconian rules about posts and content, and those limitations make it a good place to hang out with friends, but not so good for reaching those writing ambitions.
If you want to get more views on your posts, by the way, sign up to matesgate at http://www.matesgate.biz/refs?tonyleather
and you can re-post all your stuff there. It is a great social site with true earnings potential, so you ought to check it out. Not only that but earnings there can easily be way more than triond offers for much less effort than it takes to write and post new content.
Though I am well aware that breaking back into the kinds of writing markets that I used to target will not be at all easy, I think it well worth doing, and since only superman can concentrate on several things at once, that must mean restricting my triond time a lot more than I ever did before. Biting this particular bullet may not be that easy to swallow, but my writing future is at stake.