Just one more article to go to reach my goal of posting 500 articles on Triond.
And it only took about four and a half years! I remember how stoked I was when I reached the 50 article mark – and Triond didn’t even have badges back then. I wrote this article to celebrate.
There is something magnetic about Triond. No matter how much the writers complain about the site and announce that they are leaving for good, they keep coming back. What is it about Triond that keeps the writers here?
It certainly is not for the money. In four and a half years I have earned a grand total of $128.36 from Triond, although I have also received a little over $100 from Google Adsense, and most of that came from Triond articles. It was really weird, though, how excited I was to see those earnings grow by the pennies. I have heard the same thing from fellow Trionders – it must be some sort of contagious insanity travelling through cyber space.
There was definitely a pervasive insanity that drew me into the Triond forums. I am a born again; Fundamentalist, Evangelical Christian and I enjoy discussing religion. The forums were a bit of a shock to my system, but I couldn’t resist the challenge of debating with the atheists and agnostics who hung out in the forums. We had some doozies that would go on for days. I lost a lot of sleep from being too stubborn to go to bed and miss whatever the people in other time zones were saying. I kind of miss those forum debates, even though I think Triond did the right thing in shutting them down for the festering slime pit of depravity that they became.
I have very much enjoyed the opportunity to meet (figuratively) writers from all over the world. It is mind-blowing to read the list on Google Adsense of all of the countries where people have opened my articles.
I don’t know whether it is narcissism or masochism that keeps us here, presenting what we have crafted with words, inviting critique from our fellows and hoping that we get some feedback, praying that the positive feedback will outweigh the negative at least a little.
I think that the one thing that will keep me submitting the occasional article here is the freedom to write whatever I want to (within the limits of Triond’s terms of service), with no deadlines. It doesn’t pay much, but that is the difference between a worker and an artist. The artist is willing to sacrifice pay for freedom, which means that unless the artist is exceptionally talented, very diligent with self promotion, and/or catches a lucky break, that he or she cannot earn a living from art. (Pause for dramatic sigh of inspirational self sacrifice.) It also helps to carry a very large shovel.
Hope you have enjoyed my 499th Triond article, and hopefully I can come up with something good for my 500th. Any suggestions?
A sampling of silliness that you may have missed: