Writing for Money or Writing to Get Exposure?

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Many blog writers hope to start getting paid for airing their views on every imaginable topic. Actually, it can be insulting to our ignorance to live in a world where someone can pay several thousand dollars for Britney Spears’ half-eaten sandwich, but we won’t get a dime for our efforts as writers. Some take it further than fussing about writing for free. The self-proclaimed labor activist Jonathan Tasini is suing the Huffington Post, property of AOL, in a class action suit with over 9,000 writers who never got a penny. To be fair to the Post, all these people did agree to work for free, but Tasini’s argument is that bloggers should get paid despite that fact. In a less noted action, FindLaw’s legal blogger Jason Beahm sued Thomson Reuters for not paying overtime hours, asking writers to work during lunch breaks for free, among other things.

Is it important to get paid for writing on an influential website?

We can’t buy your work

In the old days, magazines and newspapers were profitable, and many wrote for money. Exposure was important but came only second. Today, with cutthroat competition among writers, they need media outlets more than the outlets need them. And exposure is used as an excuse not to pay the writers. Notably, spokesman of the Huffington Post Mario Ruiz explained that bloggers can use the Post’s platform in the same way as other unpaid group blogs around the Web. It helps them connect and “their work be seen by as many people as possible,” Ruiz added. CNN, which does not pay to its contributing columnists, the Post, and others of that rank are simply saying – we like your work, we will take it, but we cannot buy it.

The options writers are left with

Back to writing to get exposure. In the beginning, people used blogs to air their views, give opinions on different things, and express themselves. Blogs started getting very popular, and the best ones were received with high anticipation. Web surfers became fans, and every imaginable kind of blogs started popping up for eager readers. Advertisers will hone in on newly developing niches and that is just what they did. With time, though, there was a surplus of blogs. It became hard to sustain them, especially without advertising. With these prospects outlined, is really the choice between writing for free and … writing for free?

Why will you blog without pay?

Blogging without pay has one undeniable advantage, and that is the complete lack of responsibility. You do not owe anyone anything. You can write what you want and be yourself. You will not be restricted by your sponsors as regards to content. It will keep you busy too. If you lost your job recently or experienced some kind of traumatic event, blogging will help you deal with this. Your readers are likely to lend support. If you had a notable and positive experience, writing about it will help develop it beyond all immediate implications. In other words, you will feel even better about it. Finally, putting your thoughts down on the screen always helps get them in order! So, would you write without pay?

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  • I like the idea of being able to create without the impositions of sponsorship. It’s nice to get paid though.

  • Primarily, we have to write content by our self that could be more helpful to share our own thoughts on here. Thank you so much for sharing your post on here 🙂 Great post 🙂

  • Nice ideas on blogging. Well I must be honest in saying that earnings are quite nice, however, most of the times, I would want to have the freedom to say what I want to say. The two factors are quite contradicting and one must see the focal point of both insights. It is nice to see that you outlined both.

  • Blogging is about sharing your thoughts and knowledge. If you get paid for this then it also encourage you to perform lot better in future.

  • Blog without pay just about became “blog and get sacked” – first blog ever, one day old and I was told if I continued with it in any way that mentioned my job I’d be sacked.

    Happy days

  • I’m not going to lie, I write to earn money. I found it impossible to get a job where I live and I certainly don’t want to live on benefits for the rest of the my life. 🙂

  • None of them…I basically blog to post something helpful to all, ya but you can find Adsense units on my blog too. Lol

  • Initially, blogging is one of the accurate directions to earn more money on online. So, most of the people could be prefer blogging work on here. At the time, thank you so much Melissa for written great article on here 🙂

  • Austin Lumpkin

    Many of you talk about earning money for your writing, I was just wondering how that is possible? I usually write about things that help others that are going through a rough time or even just something that might brighten someone esles day, but I want to get my name out there and I would love to earn a little extra income, any suggestions?

  • This is a tricky situation because in a way, exposure and money go hand in hand. The more exposure you get, the better chances you have to make money. Sure… people go into it for different reasons, some for the sake of writing, some to monetize. but I guess in the end, does it really matter? As long as you write or have good content on your site, and provide valuable information, and have the drive to succeed, I assume it really doesn’t matter what your initial intentions are.

    Just my 2 cents.

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