We writers have a collective problem. Perhaps a few collective problems, but in the case of content mills, we have collective issues that are allowing media giants to make millions of dollars.
We are too fucking nice.
Yes, I used a curse word. If only to emphasize that we are not just nice, we are extremely nice. We are mostly very good people and willing to help everyone out. The problem is, the people who own the content mills have tapped into this collective good nature and our eagerness to please and are exploiting us.
They have convinced those of us with low enough self-esteem that we can’t possibly make it as writers in the “real world”, so we may as well write for them. They have convinced professional writers to jump on board in order to promote their brand, all the while making far more money for the mill than the writer will ever hope to realize in ancillary profits. Their sneakiness and willingness to exploit the insecurities and hopes of writers have officially pissed me off. I’m not the only one either.
The gloves are coming off. From this point on, look for a post a week on a particular content mill, a particular contributor or set of contributors, and generally just anything anti-content mill that I can scare up. They’ve enjoyed good publicity and happy PR Kool-Aid for far too long; time to slip some reality into the punchbowl.
If you have a story about writing for any content mill or operation, I want to hear from you. I will need your name to verify that you are a real person; I won’t accept anonymous contributions, period. If you have a positive story about working for a content mill, that’s nice, but I still think you are being taken advantage of. Tell their PR department; don’t tell me.