Twittering and Blogging

The whole twitter, blogging, article writing thing has gotten out of hand. If you want to write, you have to promote yourself using those avenues to get recognized. I have just started in the writing world, and have been finding it frustrating to say the least. It is all for money - money is the root of all evil , I've heard - and the root of most twittering, blogging and article writing going on. This recession has spawned a bunch of desperate tweets from people all trying to get a few pennies for their articles, blogs and wares.

First off, you try to get an idea of what to write – you look in books, magazines, blogs, newspapers, or surf the internet for inspiration. You scramble to put together a minimum of 400 well-versed words that will appeal to someone out there. Then you submit it to various sites that make money off of your work all knowing that there are many more people out there looking for ideas that are willing to click on it. It seems like a vicious circle. Who benefits the most from all this click-click-click of the computer keys?

What results from all of this mess? SPAM – lots of it. I tweet you about my article, you tweet me about your blog, and so on not just for the heck of it, but hoping that it will lead to me getting MONEY. Isn’t that what spam is all about – trying to get someone to read something so they will click on a lead and get their credit card out? It may not be as blatant as that, but the idea behind it is still the same.

There are quite a few sites that will let you enter your article or blog so that they can have a piece of what? The Money. Will this madness never end? People who never had any desire to write 400 articles ten times a day are now making the jump since they have no other option. They tweet and blog like maniacs in an attempt to get ahead. Some actually claim to be making a living out of it. Is it an honest living, is my question?

Who is paying out the money to these tweeters, bloggers and article writers? Probably those that advertize on the blogs or hubs where the writers placed their ideas they got from who knows where. I’m sure there are some people who might have enough in their grey matter to come up with ten or so articles of 400 words or more that hundreds of people would love to read. They are really geniuses. But, I am pretty sure that most writers get their ideas elsewhere. Heard of word recycling?

Where has journalism in its purest form gone? I have been learning about spinning what I write into ten articles by just changing around a few words, so that I can then submit it to have a link back to my original article. Something doesn’t seem quite right about that. The big moving media cloud is getting darker and darker. For now, I’ll just follow the cloud and see where it takes me. Hopefully we won’t all just float into a big black hole!

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

You are so right Baileybear. If every post was respected and appreciated online it would be a miracle. We have to take the bad with the good. Thanks.


Baileybear 6 years ago

Earning some money from my writing would be nice, but my motivation is to have my writing read, to raise awareness of the issues I write about. But yes, it does get pretty crazy - I've just joined twitter to promote my hubs, and have had to "unfollow" some that post junk every few seconds. I really like the internet, but it does require shifting thru the junk to find the treasures


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

I appreciate your comments Teresa. It does seem to be a lot of madness as all of us try to get a piece of the pie, until something better comes up. Yes, after all, that is what we are trying to do here at HP too, if nothing more than sharing our feelings.


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

An excellent hub! Twittering and blogging certainly does just seem to be madness and all related to getting money or more of it - but I guess it's the modern way to go if you do want to at least try and reach some potential clients, buyers, or ad clickers, as compared to old fashioned methods of sticking up posters or advertising in a newspaper, or posting your article in a real envelope to magazine publishers. It's tough trying to compete with so many on the Internet, but I think most of us at least try and make a little effort as that's where there's more eyes to see what it is you are marketing. Not easy, and perhaps the Internet should never have been invented? - but then we would not all be here, on HubPages!


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C.V.Rajan 7 years ago from Kerala, India

You have a point. It's quite true.


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elayne001 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thank you gracenotes for your comments. I agree that if we write quality articles, we won't have such a time trying to get them noticed. I appreciate your wisdom and experience. You could make a hub from it. Aloha!


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gracenotes 7 years ago from North Texas

I have an interest in making money online. It never hurts to give it what you can, but I believe it is impossible to do it all. I don't issue tweets yet, and don't know if I ever will. Twitter is a fad now, but something else will come along to take its place.

Some of the people who are blogging, tweeting like no tomorrow, are simply trying to find their niche. I don't think it's easy at all. Many of their ideas will fail.

By the way, not everyone can write great articles. There is an art to composition that must be learned and practiced. Let's not even talk about the lack of grammar, punctuation, and spelling out there on the Internet. And most people don't take the time to understand the writing styles they will need for different web sites. It's just like trying to write for a magazine -- if you learn the style they like, they will accept your articles because they are not only good, but they fit the market.

In our culture, we still place value on the correct use of the English language. We're not quite to the point that English is dumbed-down for the masses. I suggest taking advantage of this fact to produce the best writing you can, while you have a chance. I'm retired and looking for something to help provide income, but if that doesn't come on HubPages, it will surface elsewhere, I feel certain.


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elayne001 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thank you emievil - yes, it is hard to be positive with so much negative going on in the world, but we need to still have hope!


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

You paint quite a scary picture elayne. Hope it doesn't happen but it's kind of worrisome because there are simply too many articles and we're now into information overload. Hope the internet can handle everything because if it can't, then we're in danger if having an internet-recession (if there's such a thing) or a contraction in the virtual world.


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elayne001 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thank you Tammy. Yes, these days it is a crazy ride and hope we are going in the right direction.


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

great I relate. Like in Rant I am not here for the cash I want to learn. I have a career this is just my past time. Maybe (if I am lucky and work hard) someday it will lead me to something, but for now I am just enjoying the ride.


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elayne001 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

thank you hello, hello, I'd like to hear how you got your name sometime. Thanks for your comment


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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

This is a fantastic article, well put together and really spoken the truth. Thank you for your hub.

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