How do you respond in the face of constant changes when writing content online?
Have images of Pandas gone from cute and cuddly to being cringe worthy?
Do you feel overwhelmed by the constant game changes? Challenged by them? or have you thought about giving up and doing something else?
For me, I get frustrated, but I have been "playing this game" a long time and have learned to adapt, pick up and try new things. I see a lot of people here who are increasingly frustrated and I understand, but change is a constant.
After a few weeks of updating/overhauling one of my sites, it's doing better than ever. I vote for adaptability over complaining .
Hi Christin....Nice to see you and I like your question. I have this personal opinion of "complaining" in general. Sure we all have our little gripes & annoyances about so many many things. Once in a while we may voice them, either privately or quite openly. How does this truly benefit a person with the possible exception of releasing pent-up negative emotion? (which is sometimes necessary!)
During my working days, I spent a lot of time coming up with positive, successful ways to make life much easier for myself and staff. One point I stressed at every interview, training course or meeting was the fact that I was more than eager to "listen" to complaints about things as long as you came into the discussion with a list of possible solutions and/or ideas for improvement that could then be presnted, discussed and voted upon.
Believe me Christin, this cut down on the complaints considerably......because very few people with a daily complaint had a positive suggestion behind it!! LOL.....
I start writing with usually a scene I have been playing with in my head. I do not use an outline, but I have pages of notes. They are not always organized until I have reached the words "The End" the first time.
I have a notebook of characters, of scenes and a story that has gone for between 40,000 and 50,000 words. I run spell checker and then I put it away for a day or so. Then comes the rewrite, looking for the wrong words that are spelled right, making sure the characters names haven't changed confirming what few facts that may be relevant to the real world. I look through my notes to make sure something hadn't gotten lost. Then I send out copies to my in house reviewers and critics and wait.
After they get through with me I go through it one more time and if I am happy I send it to my last editor who usually finds about fifty things wrong. I go through it one more time and then I publish.
By this time I am on my next book and I am going through the process once more. Complain, never, this is what I like doing.
Online writing has its ups and downs. i feel you just have to go with the flow or try to catch the big waves and ride them in. When the latest Panda hit it was a bit of a shock,my views plummeted for awhile, hub scores dropped, some became unfeatured, but the tide seems to have turned an my Hubber Score is the highest it has ever been, views have increased and all's looking good. We can complain all we like but it doesn't achieve much..better just to concentrate on what you enjoy doing...writing..and don't stress.
I just go with the flow. You can't do much about it anyway.
I start with the basics.
1) Is the article true & honest?
2) Is the article up to date & relevant?
3) Is the article written from my heart?
4) Am I passionate about the topic?
5) Is the article well-written? (Grammar & Spelling)
6) Does it contain pictures and external links?
When I follow these basic ideas, my articles do well. When I try to "cheat" the system, my articles do poorly.
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