When I first began writing for Triond way back when, I found not only an easy to use and helpful site but I also established a whole new network of friends who, like me, weren’t really interested in making huge amounts of money but just wanted to share their writing talents (or in my case non-talent!) with other people from around the world.
I am writing this basically to complement one of Tony Leather’s recent articles on lack of comments.
Sadly, due I suspect to an influx of illiterate, “make a fast buck” people over recent months, it seems that many of my old friends are now venturing out to pastures new just leaving us old die hards persevering with Triond.
There’s no doubt that viewings of my articles have dropped of late and I’ve discovered that the only “non Triond” related sites that rate on my Top Ten of viewers are Shetoldme, Reddit, Google (US and UK). Triond, I know are working hard to try to deal with the problem and I, for one, am doing my damnedest to help them.
At the moment I’m out on a mission to bring back the “passionate about writing” rather than “passionate about money” members!
1. Initially, on joining, I was using my “everyday” email address for Triond notifications but recently, on switching on my PC each morning before starting work, I was finding a humongous number of emails clogging up my system with notifications of people who’d become fans of mine overnight, so I’ve now set up a separate email address purely for Triond use. This means that I can download these emails when I have spare time.
2. When I do find the time, I instantly delete all those that are made up of random letters or numbers and only check out the ones that actually bear a name in some form or another. As far as I’m concerned, if they don’t have the imagination to either use their own name or make up a relatively sensible one, then they’re not going to have the imagination to make it as a writer.
3. Of those remaining emails, if I check them out and find that there’s no information at all about the individual, not even the whiff of personal info such as where they come from or a little bit of detail on why they joined Triond and/or what they’re interested in let alone an article, I keep them sitting in my in box for a couple of weeks or so and then check them out again. If they still haven’t done anything at all I delete them.
4. For those new people that have published work, I try to find time to read it, comment if I enjoy it or at least “like it” if it’s well written but just not my cup of tea. I also, at that stage, add them as a friend of mine.
5. For others that have badly written articles I flag them as “insufficient quality” – by this I don’t mean that I pick on anyone who’s not grammatically perfect and/or makes spelling mistakes – but I need to be able to make sense of an article without having to struggle with it. Just using big words, flinging them into the melting pot and stirring does not a perfect article make!
6. I also reject any so-called fans who are obviously commercial entities. Recently I’ve had several travel companies and the like who have tried to lure me to their website. This, to my mind, is a sneaky way of finding potential customers by getting free advertising at Triond’s expense. The last thing us genuine hobby writers want is to become a member of a major “advertising” site!! At the moment I’m undecided whether I can flag these companies up as “spam” so I haven’t actually flagged them but Triond I think will need to try and curb this if they’re to gain back any kudos with search engines.
7. If I find anyone commenting on my articles and adding links to their own sites, unless they’ve sent me a message asking my permission to do so, I instantly delete them.
8. Likewise, if I’m sent a message which tries to get me to visit their websites/articles and they’ll then visit mine, they’re instantly “unfriended” and blocked so I don’t receive anything further from them.
Hopefully this will, in part, get rid of some of the people who are not here to produce good quality writing/music/videos/photography etc and ultimately leave us remaining moderately intelligent and/or dogged and dedicated arty types to continue to use Triond as it was intended.
I have a huge number of writers on Triond, both old members and new, that I respect as good quality writers but unfortunately, until I read Tony Leather’s recent article on his lack of comments, I could see that my News Feed, when I had time to go onto Triond, was becoming packed with articles that were evidently just being churned out as “multiples” or being low content or quality, so Tony’s had dropped off the end of list.
As I’ve said above, I’m not out to pinpoint anyone who can’t spell well or doesn’t have a particularly good grasp when it comes to grammar; all I’m looking for is some light or thought provoking reading without having to struggle to make sense of it!
I hope I haven’t offended anyone and if I have then I apologise, but publishing on Triond, to me, is a wonderful way to lose myself for a couple of hours; it’s a hobby and I don’t intend to stop just because of a few people who are taking advantage, but I am becoming every watchful and ensuring that my enjoyment isn’t hindered or frustrated to any great degree.