I wanted to share an email I received this week. I thought it would make for an interesting discussion. The letter writer requested I leave her name out, but it’s reprinted with permission. I did edit for brevity (again with permission) as the original letter was very long:
My friend is always taking me to task because I write for two web content sites. One of them is a place that gets a bad rap for being a “content mill”. I like the work. It’s fun and challenging. She says it’s demeaning and low paying. In January we made a bet to see who earned more with our writing in 2009. My friend writes for a trade publication and helps businesses write their web site content. We each agreed to work roughly the same amount of time each day which wasn’t always possible because I had work every day and she didn’t. She spent time each day looking for more work and I didn’t need to. As of today, I earned $52,000 and my friend earned $37,000. She said it’s not the point. The places I work for aren’t good for writers.
I would like to ask the FWJ readers and community why is it worse for me to earn more money if it’s for a content site?
Thank you, Deb. I’m looking forward to the response,
What do you think, FWJ community?