Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Adventures With Triond and HubPages

After writing my blog post, Gaining Perspective, last week, I was browsing around Digg.com and found a submission about writing for Triond.com. I'd never heard of Triond before and decided to check it out for myself. An interesting premise, Triond allows you to submit articles for their various associated websites. What do you get in return? Revenue sharing from the ad clicks generated from your articles. Obviously, this isn't the most efficient way of making money on the web, but I decided to give it a try.

My first article, Can You Win a Writing Contest? was accepted and published in the wee hours of Sunday morning. As of this post I have made 41 cents and the page has received 417 views (not necessarily unique). This article took me about an hour to write up and edit before we headed out to the amusement park for the rest of the day. I felt pretty good about submitting the article and it was just the trick to get my spirits up for a long day in the heat.

From there I started poking around at other online publishing options. I've never really been one to cling to the idea of writing articles. Back when I spent a semester writing for the school newspaper in high school, my articles were more of the editorial and opinion nature. If nothing else, I was a gimmick. After years of stewing on that and later having an article printed in the Hilltop Times that could have used a bit of final editing and polish, well, I guess I lost the taste for article writing altogether.

So why start now? I'm not sure how to answer that question. It was all sort of on a whim, you know? After poking around a bit I noticed that some of the Triond users also had accounts with HubPages. I hopped on over to take a look and ended up signing up there as well. I've even added a widget to my blog here that will list my hub activity. A hub is basically a standalone page that can be linked with other hubs or left on its own. I figured I would give it a shot and created my first hub, How To Give Writing Feedback.

On one hand, writing these articles satisfied my desire to write when I just didn't feel like I was in the frame of mind that I needed to be in for working on my Science Fiction short story. On the other, even if I never really make much money from these submissions, I've succeeded in expanding my web presence and I've added a few writing notches to my belt. In-so-far as expectations are in order, I don't see a problem spending my time writing articles; as long as it scratches the writing itch and doesn't detract from the writing I really want to do. Using this as an escape from completing my short story isn't acceptable. I still have the goal of completing my first draft by the end of August.

Another bonus to writing these articles for Triond and HubPages is that I don't have to worry about specific content and whether it is in line with where my blog is currently headed. A review about a green-living magazine or tips on working from home may not fit well on a creative writing blog, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't take the time to write something that I find an interest in. These sites allow me to post my non-related articles without having to go through the hassle of creating and maintaining separate blogs.

For any who might be interested, two additional articles were published on Triond this morning:

Mother Earth News: A Review.
Five Tips for Working From Home.

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