Writing Life: New Beginnings

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Changes in the Wind

Happily,  a new and unquiet revolution in the world of writing is on the wind.  Writers are increasingly realizing it is a good idea to step away from traditional content mills with good reason.  Site ranking  and revenues of various sites have fallen, punitive search engines are inferred to be the reason.   Sites shut down, or promise "change".  Writers, having been burned with severely diminished incomes, are smartly moving on to potentially bigger and better personal opportunities. Let's face it, even in the optimism of the writing life, eventually reality has to set in;  writing free content for promises of mere pennies for thousands of page views, and "maybe or maybe not" reader clicks on ads --euphemistically called 'revenue share'-- with tiny if any 'upfrontnothing' payment offered for new content  --was hardly a guarantee of  income for neophyte or professional. The disquieting and unacceptable, unethical content mill  "Terms of Service" including a self-assigned 'free license' to "use" writer's content and copyrighted material   'forever' without compensation was, and remains both arrogant and problematic.   The refusals to take down content,  --even if the author leaves the site requesting content deletion and withdrawing permission  to use the content--- is hardly ethical business practice or logical enticement to submit additional free content. "Why would that be?" you ask. Copyright infringement comes to mind.   Arbitrary theft of intellectual property comes to mind.   A clear lack of business ethics comes to mind.  Arbitrary, heavy-handed and less than stellar treatment of writers that have generated millions of dollars in revenue for content mills comes to mind. "Let us NOT write more FREE content for unethical content mills" most resolutely comes to mind.  Karma does that. How predictable.  Who says destiny isn't predetermined?  No matter. Let us cheer for common sense and Karma.

Moving On

It seems to me writers shall prevail. Writers are a hardy lot; we shall not be silenced or discouraged. The pen continues to provide power.  We studiously move onward and upward to better things, new beginnings. Publishing.  New blogs. Specialized niche websites built on new and more honest business models. High-earning, custom-written articles. Books. Self-publishing of books both in print and eBook formats is growing exponentially. Why not?  Life is what you make it and  2013 is The Year of the Writer  We  kick butt. smile. In fact, we laugh.  Life has never been better.  Why?  Great things are happening!

 

New Beginnings-  My Gardening Network  ( MGN )

Guess what?   New, GREAT projects are sprouting.   I am happy to be involved with a start-up gardening specialty website,  "My Gardening Network"   which recently went online and is already "Growing a community of gardeners' Flower garden -- photo courtesy of MGN    My Gardening Network  (MGN) was conceptualized and founded  by outdoorsman Mike L.Williams, writer and blogger at Saturday Sunshine, (  -stories ,outdoor adventures and outdoor skills, --yes, the adventurous rascal himself ....   Mike dares to test deep waters, catch fish the hard way, and shoot rapids simultaneously  while others stand in awe. ) MGN is unique in that the content remains the exclusive intellectual property of the authors and contributors;  content on MGN  is used only with the express permission of the creators. My Gardening Network  offers specialized garden content  written by experienced and expert  gardeners --especially  for the use of gardeners at all skill levels from the neophyte starting out in the back yard to highly experienced  gardeners who may  delight in the technical aspects of botany as well as the mysteries hidden in compost.  MGN  is taking off fast.  Drop in and check out the progress of the garden at MGN -- "Growing a Community of Gardeners".      .....and this just in---more good news, MORE wonderful 'incoming' !
Christy D Birmingham

Christy D Birmingham

  A unique poetic voice  is published!    An amazing writer and poet, Christy  overcame the status quo and has bravely stepped out to offer her vision to the literary world. She is none other than  Christy D. Birmingham of Poetic Parfait fame. "Christyb"  as I call her, has reached her goal!  We are so proud of her accomplishment and happily offer our very  best support and  wishes to Christyb!   Christyb speaks volumes about hope and the future in her new book of poetry "Pathways to Illumination"  --an exceptional book of poetry. What becomes immediately clear is that Pathways to Illumination is written by an artistic, poetic voice flowing gently from a gigantic heart.
"Birmingham’s intense collection of poetry follows the trail of a woman’s journey from the end of an abusive relationship to the valiant growth of a newly-awakened, independent spirit. Inner light shatters layers of powerful verse....  
Pathways to Illumination

Pathways to Illumination

    Pathways to Illumination is available online  in print and eBook formats NOW  at: http://redmundpro.com/book-store/pi/         At Incoming Bytes we offer the most sincere and heartfelt congratulations to Christy for her magnificent  accomplishment. ---Kudos to you, Christyb! That, people, is why life is amazing, and  why 2013 is The Year of the Writer.  The beat goes on.... #   Is that Incoming I hear?   +  Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

About Raymond Alexander Kukkee

A published author and freelance writing professional, Raymond lives and writes in Northwestern Ontario.
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16 Responses to Writing Life: New Beginnings

  1. an encouraging post, especially for the twice bitten and thrice shy who have tested the muddy waters of content sites…entrenched in self preservation, i now write for a narrower purpose–to leave a poetic legacy of prose and portraiture of passage on earth.
    compliments to Christy B. may the rewards be sweet.

    • Right on, Nadine, thank you. We shall universally celebrate Christyb’s launch of her new book, –and meantime we shall also enjoy writing for purposes OTHER than content mills. Times are changing, and for the better! Nadine, leaving a fine poetic legacy and a trail of prose wherever we go is an excellent reason to write. Thank you for reminding me of that. “:)

  2. Red Dwyer says:

    Major congrats to both Mike and Christy! It is so nice to see some encouragement. Thank you, Ray.

  3. Mike W says:

    Great Post Ray and thanks for plugging our site.
    Hearty Congrats to ChristyB too. Looking forward to reading her poetry.

    MJ

  4. Oh how wonderful – thank-you Raymond for including me in this post! Wow, I did not realize Mike has begun such a great new site. Congrats to him and to you for joining him there! How nice of you to spotlight me so generously on your quality site here. Wow, I am honored.

    • You’re welcome, Christyb ! I am proud to be able to include you in IncomingBytes. We always needs the best incoming, and your book launch today the launch of a unique poetic voice– is wonderful news–a genuine event.
      You, Christyb, shall be very successful, and we’re looking ahead to your next book! “:)
      As for MyGardeningNetwork, Mike deserves congrats too–he’s done so much work on the new site –it can’t help but be successful with his knowledge, skill and dedication. Thank you Christyb.

  5. Mandy says:

    Wonderful!!!!

    I am so proud to be associated with incredible talent. Congrats to Christy on her new book release and congrats too to Red and Redmund Productions too.

    And also Congrats to Mike too ….. wonderful working with you yet again, and I love the atmosphere and team at MGN. Proud fo you too.

  6. olivia says:

    Ahh it is so nice to see the best of the best succeed. Nice Post Raymond.
    Congratulations to “our ” Christy. 🙂

  7. Wonderfully done, congratulations to both Mike and Christy for their wonderful accomplishments.

  8. Thank you, Ray! And congratulations to Mike and Christy, for their accomplishments and foreward movement in the sphere of writing and cooperative ventures.

    I look forward to reading!

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