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Should We Stand by Our Principles When Writing?

What it really comes down to: morals or money.

As a writer, there are certain topics I choose to stay away from. I won’t write about the recently deceased – hence my silence on the disaster in Japan, for example, or the late Elizabeth Taylor. Why? I feel very disrespectful and not at all comfortable with making money from someone else’s death or misfortune – not trying to sound as if I’m preaching, but to me it is morally wrong. Thus even though a well-written article on topics such as these can be lucrative, I refuse to write one.

Another topic I will avoid is ‘making money for beginners on Triond’. To clarify: I will quite happily post articles detailing my own progress, or an idea I have come up with that I want to share with the Triond community. What I won’t write is ‘add more friends, post in the forums, put your article on Facebook’; tips for the absolute Triond beginner. There are hundreds of these articles out there all with virtually the same content and none of them very helpful – in my mind, the tips given are either common sense or are already out there many times over, so why write another repetitive article?

As Triond doesn’t have a strict quality standard, I personally try to make each article that I write decent quality – informative, entertaining, helpful or otherwise interesting to my readers. It pays off in the long run.

So I guess it really boils down to the age-old question – money or morals? Will you sacrifice your integrity to make a few dollars? Or will you stand by your principles?

What do other writers think – are there any topics that you personally would not write about? Do you disagree with me? Comments are welcomed.

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14 Responses to “Should We Stand by Our Principles When Writing?”
  • Diane Ziomek
    March 25th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Well said! There are too many articles that say the same thing. There is nothing wrong with sharing information if it is new and will benefit more than just the author. I have learned many things from others here, and even some by trial and error (hence the book I recently published on Lulu). I also agree with you on avoiding topics which focus on other people’s loss and tragedy. If they must write about it then all income earned from that particular article should go toward helping those less fortunate. Just my opinion.

  • rappeter13
    March 25th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Though question! I think everybody has another set of morals, of principles and every lives by his own standards. I respect that you are so decided to stand up for your principles, but many won’t agree with them.

  • hammadkhan
    March 25th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    nice one check mine plz

  • LeighAnne93
    March 25th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Very good article, I never write articles about deceased celebrities or distasters purely because I know my writing skills aren’t that good and I couldn’t do them justice at all.

  • anndavey650
    March 25th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Good for you, there’s nothing worse than a how to article when the person’s new and knows nothing about making money online. That’s why it’s a good idea to add some friends from the hot user list… you know if they write something along those lines, they know what they’re talking about. Great post!

  • Swabertawe
    March 25th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I refused to even click on the masses of articles about Japan. Sick.

  • Jose Iglesias
    March 25th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I don’t see a reason to write about the recently deceased, for me it wouldn’t really make me any money and it’s kind of disrespectful. However, I have wrote articles about making money on Triond. Probably the article of mine that best fits your description of what not to do is the one about submitting sites to search engines. I know there’s a whole bunch of articles about this, but I wrote it anyway because I knew that some people still didn’t know they should and I’ve even got a comment telling me this, so I’m in the clear.

  • lolontka
    March 25th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    For me it has to be morals if I want to sleep well at night. Money is great but your integrity is greater.

  • Noisy Cricket
    March 25th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Personally, I think you should write what you feel comfortable writing about. I don’t think writing specifically for money requires morals.Thanks for sharing.

  • KittyK
    March 25th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Thank you for this article. Integrity is so very important; it truly defines us as a person…

  • fagina
    March 25th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I don’t think I would sacrifice morals for money. I truly think it is very important to stand by our principles while writing. If we keep our morals intact,i guess money will follow too.

  • Val Mills
    March 26th, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Good on you! Add to that list writing about another country when you know nothing about it. I avoid many health articles because they are written, not by experts, but by someone rehashing someone else’s work.

  • MarianaIoana
    March 26th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    In the end all that matters is that you are ok with your self…you have to feel good that you’ve helped people with you articles…As for the writing standards i think it’s very important to spread an information weather it’s yours or from another source…And i strongly believe that the money part should be important too, because in the end this is what triond is about…making money

  • Belle Pierdon Sayles
    March 28th, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Individuals should always be in alignment with their morals and standards. Thank you for sharing this.

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