©2013 by Raymond Alexander Kukkee
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.
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’ !
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 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?