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High volume production is rarely key to successful online journalism

Updated on September 19, 2012

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Write for self gratification

I believe it to be a healthy practice to break away from a self-forced regimen; of high volume story-line production.

Over-writing, much like over-exercise, can cause damage, as well as detract from the overall quality and well being of the individual.

Unfortunately, online venues such as this one, promote volume article writing as a method of promoting the producer of the much too often low quality short story, self-help article, or how to guide. It is stated here, that the more you publish, the higher you will climb up the ranks(R.O.I) of search engines such as Google and Bing. While this may be true, volume production of material does not generally lend itself to a quality editorial.

Reality Check: Internet self-publication rarely leads to recognition of the writer; through a meaningful pay check tendered by the producing website. Most online contributors earn pennies per hour for work published.

As a contributor that has been writing and publishing online four years, I can attest to the fact that one must love the story line, or self-assigned task at hand; to justify the time spent producing quality written materials.

Not only will most writers published online not get rich, many will do so with time and money spent out of pocket.

Yes, I do enjoy the creativity of posting articles and photography online. And from time to time, gain recognition, as well as a small pay check. But most importantly, I’ve been enabled through online social media to not only report news and events, but influence current events, as well as provoke thought through my writing.

I’ve chatted with readers around the globe, while receiving letters from economists, politicians, fellow writers and decedents. I’ve shared sorrow and joy with thousands; as America and the world has endured the economic shackles of the longest recession in decades.

Without this venue, my writing would be buried under a stack of dusty unread scripts and short stories, or held captive by the whims of a sometimes merciless publisher; which I would most likely never personally meet.

People like me write online as a creative outlet, as well as an occasional ego stroking afforded me by a kind reader or two. Thanks to my followers, I keep writing. Without them I would find myself without justification to spend the hours to do so.

As to my recent hiatus from writing, while apologizing to those that have missed my works, I must admit that I’ve enjoyed the weeks away from the key board.

Today I was reminded of the power of the written word. This morning while driving to my day job, I received a phone call from an NBC television affiliate; wishing to interview me as a follow-up to a recent article penned on the recovery of the residential real estate market. As I watched myself on the evening news, I found new value in the freedom afforded me by online journalism. An incentive for me to “keep writing.”


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    • Parks McCants profile image

      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Hello B. Leekley. 6oo words or less. Yes, I research all of my articles. Photography, Orb research, Politics, Psycology, No, I'm a bit lazy; myself... Because I write an economic, political column through Examiner.Com, I find it a bit tough to transition from an A.P. format ( reporter,) to a factual based, creative writing photo essay. I'm one in a family of published writers. William, Glynis, Gwen, Marion Cooper, J.Jackson Parks... So, to say the least... I spend hours 'polishing.' And yet, perfection eludes me (: Thank you Sir. I'm honored by your follow. I look forward to reading you in the near future.

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I agree with this hub, but low volume output is my problem. All my resolutions and good intentions to get hubs done more frequently have not led to results. What have you found the optimal length for a hub to be, as a writer and as a reader? Do you ever write on topics that you know little about and need to research first? Do you have a daily research, draft, revise, polish regimen?

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Back at you Frog Prince. Thank you for your kind comment.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Nice write up Parks. People write for different reasons. Some write for money. I do not. I write for me. It is good from time to time to step back from the keyboard.

      Kudos on the Hub and good to see you.

      The Frog

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      Tony 5 years ago from Ohio

      I couldn't agree more. Writing, even though unpaid at the moment, is the one job I really enjoy doing. It's the reason I do it. My paid job, I do, because I need money to live, not because I terribly enjoy it.

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      Chris Neal 5 years ago from Fishers, IN

      Excellent points. I've as yet to see a penny from this, but what I write is almost guaranteed not to make money anyway. Great article!

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      LupitaRonquillo 5 years ago

      Quality over quantity, without a doubt!