Web 2.0 launched; it opened the flood gates to digital writers.
The playing field became a time lapsed frenzy on the field, like at the end of a Super Bowl.
So many writers, almost free talent, if publishers are willing to switch off history for a while.
That crashed many of those traditional jobs for now.
Many of those who kept their jobs felt some seismic activity.
Meanwhile, the Web took off, and cream – like always – rose to the top.
But, prices are nowhere near any middle ground for salaries again, for a long, long time.
So, I get this following Email, and it gave me pause…
THE PITCH IS IMPROVING
Warm greetings to you!
I am Little Miss Muffet [I made up the name] and I’m a marketing executive of Techie Connectie [also imagined]. We represent clients from the travel, sports, home, food and music industry.
We are running a content-based campaign. The goal is to provide you an article that adds value to your site and its readers. Our writers can create an article based on a topic of your choosing. It will also have a reference to our client.
We are also willing to add a $100 fee. This can be renewed annually, with the option of providing you another quality piece of content every year.
Blah, blah, blah,
“About 500 words, we give you a link for $100/year.” They paid someone $50 for the story, if that person was lucky. Bada bing, bada bang… Everyone’s happy.
SAME END RESULT
Digital Writing still doesn’t pay anyone’s real bills.
Publisher writing pays a whole lot more. Few jobs, for those with industry creds and history. Still the cream of the crop is producing, and still in many of those jobs; although, it’s been a bumpy ride.
As much as it’s changed, it’s also stayed the same… There’s just the next generation of writers composing its history, when those words will mean more to everyone.
It kind of reminds me of Woodstock, just another generation’s story.