This is NOT a sponsored post. No one is paying to write this post, I’m speaking from the heart.
I’m writing this from Santa Monica, where I’m attending a very unique event, the Demand Studios Creator Conference. I was invited to attend to learn more about Demand Studios, talk with the team, and meet the writers. I can’t even begin tell you what a powerful experience this has been. To say that the folks who are part of the Demand Studios team are passionate about what they do is an understatement. Though they make no bones about wanting to grow and hire new writers to build their websites, they also made clear their desire to help us, the writers, succeed.
In the upcoming days, I’m going to have a couple of the people working from Demand Studios to come by and dispel a few of the myths about them. I’ll also be sharing a lot of what I learned while attending this conference.
I dispelled a few myths of my own yesterday. For instance, I’ve been going on and on about how Demand is such a terrific place for beginners to get a proverbial foot in the door while learning more about the writing process. While that’s true, the truth is ,I didn’t meet one beginner there yesterday. I met intelligent writers and editors with varied and impressive backgrounds. The folks who write for Demand Studios are seasoned journalists and educators. They’re experts in their field.They’re not people who write fluff content off the top of their heads. They do, indeed, know their stuff and they take immense pride in their work.
It’s also been suggested that the folks who write for Demand Studios are a bit…naive. That perhaps they’re not business savvy or smart enough to know what they’re getting into. That’s not the case either. The Creators and Editors I spoke with have been freelancing for years and know everything about the “business end” including taxes and deductions. They take issue with those who suggest they’re being taken advantage of or that they don’t know how to manage their finances.
Over lunch, I asked all my new friends how they felt about the bloggers who suggested their content couldn’t be well written if it was created in 20 to 30 minutes. They were all angry. The Demand Studios Creators who I met take pride in what they do and wouldn’t sign their name to substandard writing. After learning about their backgrounds and their expertise, I agreed they certainly could write articles in their topic areas in under and hour, possibly with time to spare. They also didn’t feel writing for Demand for several hours a day was tedious or boring as suggested on some other blogs. They enjoy their work.
I spoke with editors, managers and V.Ps and learned about the hiring process and more. Demand doesn’t accept any old writers off the street. They have a rigorous hiring policy and it’s especially strict for their editors. They don’t want to flood the web with content, they want to provide useful, factually correct, engaging, well-written content.
The Demand Studios team is striving to ensure their writers happiness. They know what’s being said about them and they’re working hard to address each of the issues. In the past couple of months, I took a lot of flack for partnering with Demand Studios, but I’m standing firm. After attending the Creator’s Conference this weekend, I can say, without hesitation, that I made the right decision. I look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.