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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