“No man but a blockhead every wrote, except for money.” Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1709 – 1784
For years I’ve been misquoting that as “none but a blockhead writes, save for the money.” I’ve also been disagreeing with the sentiment for years, as most of the writers I know couldn’t stop writing if they tried. However, as Stephen King pointed out, getting paid for writing is a very nice thing.
I am six articles into a thirty article probationary internship with Inquistr.com, and I just got my first paycheck from them for last week’s writing. It’s not enough to buy groceries. It’s not enough to pay the water bill. But it’s more than enough to get a tank of gas, and that’s something. So far I have written two articles on LGBTQ topics, one on crime, one on celebrity news, one on media industry, and one on health studies. Please feel free to share any of my Inquistr articles on Facebook or Twitter, or to reblog them. When the probationary period ends, how many times my articles have been read and reshared will affect A, whether Inquistr wishes to keep me as a writer, and B, whether I’ll be paid at the higher or lower pay rate.
From least shared to most shared, these are my Inquistr articles thus far:
My most recent article, “Danny Woodburn Challenges Hollywood,” has been shared to a website called Olana, under the category Best Stories, which I find most flattering. I’m not familiar with Olana.com will need to research it.
As you can see, I’ve scribbled in several different categories. I haven’t found any particular niche yet; I’m not entirely sure that I want to limit myself to one niche. I’ve written about things that are important to me — early school times — and things that interest me — Pride and Prejudice and Zombies — and things that don’t affect me directly, but do affect my friends — LGBT issues. I’m not sure what I’ll write about next: Australian centenarian artist Loongkoonan or a follow-up on the lack of diversity in Hollywood with an emphasis on women rather than people with disabilities or why Donald Trump is a danger to this country. I may try to look for a more popular trending topic. Inquistr is kind enough to send me e-mails with analytics, and I’d be lying if I said my readership was high. Nor, at this stage in my writing career, would I expect it to be. I need to work my way up the ladder, and that takes time. Writing what the readers want to read, rather than what I want to write, will increase my readership.
And lest I forget, thank you for reading.