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Surfing the Internet and B Grade Movies

Updated on October 8, 2013

Surfing the net, do you ever get that feeling you’re watching a ‘B’ grade movie? Internet writers are a dime a dozen, literally. There are people all over the world, thousands, tens of thousands, maybe more, earning less than one cent per word for their efforts. Is it any surprise that the resulting article is full of, spelling errors, grammatical faux pois and content that is simply gibberish?

Back in the days, don’t we all love that phrase? You know what’s coming, some old geezer giving us the benefit of their experience that means nothing to the young. Yes, the old geezer is me (female version) and for the sake of Laurel at Lorlie6, I’ll rephrase to a long time ago, I could type for more than one cent per word. Now that I think about it, I could probably earn dollars per word for typing now but I’d like to think, hope, I’ve progressed.


Would you Write for $1 a Day?

As a freelance writer I have my portfolio, resume, curriculum vitae, all of the aforementioned, listed with a number of online writing and employment sites. I take great pride in my work but I am a little picky about the jobs I apply for. I don’t actually want to write for less than one cent per word and I don’t want to write on one topic, again and again until I’m bored to tears.

How many times have I been pipped at the post in one of my proposals because someone from a country where $1 a day is a good income gets picked over me? Dozens, hundreds, too many that's for sure. I know I shouldn’t be fussed. If the client was prepared to accept a writer who would accept such a low wage, chances are the work was never going to be of interest to me anyway.


Surfing the Internet


Coffee Table Reading

Surfing the internet by keying in a search phrase uncovers a myriad of information totally irrelevant to my original search. I am frustrated, knowing that the internet is a good thing. It has changed many lives and given us the access to knowledge that was once confined to a library. But more than that, we have on tap; news releases before they hit radio or television, book and movie reviews and how to articles about anything in the world you want to do, try or haven’t even the imagination to conjure.

Filter out the Rubbish

The internet is a wonderful invention. I love the ease of use via my computer, the portability of my laptop and wireless internet connection that I can use wherever I am. I can sit in a coffee shop or at a park bench at the beach and I have even sat in the middle of the country in the desert and booked accommodation at the next roadside stop.

But the rubbish needs to be filtered. We want information, but we want good and useful information. English that is credible and readable and how to articles that explain step by step, so we can actually succeed with our next do it yourself project. But the world is full of millions of people wanting to make a quick dollar. Writing has become a commodity for anyone who can use a computer, and these days that would be billions of people.

Surfing the Net


HubPages 30 minute Challenge

These ramblings may not be what you were hoping to view if you keyed in ‘blah’ (insert search word here), and landed on this page instead. This is part of a 30 minute challenge to produce a hub here on HubPages. Consider this my contribution to a ‘B’ grade movie -- the one you ended up watching when all your friends had money to go and see the real thing.

My apologies if this was not what you were looking for, but I will endeavour to produce future writings that are relevant and useful for anyone scouring the internet in the hope of finding information on topics they searched for in the first place.

Happy surfing!

The Inspiration Behind the 30 Minute Challenge


Everything above this line was written in 21 minutes. It took a few more minutes to add the images from those on file and then I hit the publish button. Why? A fellow hubber, Shadesbreath, posted to the forum, a challenge for others to come forward and produce a hub in 30 minutes. It took a while to generate interest but eventually he had seven players.

  1. Shadesbreath
  2. Wrylilt
  3. Cagsil
  4. Habee
  5. Lorlie6
  6. Mikeydoes
  7. Betty Reid

The game was on. Here are the published Hubs that came from this challenge.

Late Starters on the 30 Minute Challenge

Even though the challenge was finalised within those first 30 minutes, other Hubbers read the posts or the hubs that were published and decided to jump on board. Obviously they were too late to win the big prize but given that the value of that was nothing it didn't really matter.

What Can You Do in 30 Minutes?

As you can see, I was one of the late starters in this challenge but I decided to give it a go regardless. Writing to a deadline has always helped to push me beyond writer's block. I had an idea the moment I read the post in the forum and I was curious to know what I could produce in such a short time. By the time I had finished I was amazed, not at the brilliance of the words, but by the volume of content generated. I struggle for days on end to write more than 300 words for one hub, normally. This hub has a word count of 650 and was written in 21 minutes.

Maybe I am up for the 30 hubs in 30 day challenge or maybe I can actually produce two or three hubs per week every week. This test has given me an insight into what is realistic for me. It makes sense, I have paying jobs where I can rattle off 500 words in a limited time, because if I want them to pay me I have to produce content. The same should be true for writing hubs on HubPages.


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    • Hypersapien profile image

      Hypersapien 5 years ago

      This is pretty good for 30 minutes. I wish I could compete at that level.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      It was a pleasure to link to your hub Cookingdiva. You have the potential to be a great writer with a variety of topics and of course your favourites with cooking.

      Cagsil reassured me that as long as the hub was published in 30 minutes we qualify, going back to tweak and edit is part of polishing off the writing, nothing less that would be done if we were to send our work to a publisher for hard copy print.

      A special thank you to Shadesbreath for I would not have come across your hubs without his challenge. Keep at it Cookingdiva, you have the passion to go further.

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      cookingdiva 7 years ago


      Thank you for linking to my hub and Shadesbreath for letting me take part late.

      I tell you the truth, while I posted the basic write up in 30 minutes, it has so many mistakes. It took over 3 hours to edit, put right capsules and correct spelling mistakes. So I am not sure I would qualify but thank you all for letting me try out.

      About writing, it has changed. My mom is published author. But now the gap between writer and blogger is decreasing. I would say maybe you will find $1 per article writers, but you get what you pay for. Good copy writing is still winner in my eye. But, now a days It is all about money. Gosh I am sounding old at relatively young age! But that is the way I feel. Sorry for leaving such a large comment but I got passionate about it.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Detective L of course $1 a day is insane as is less than 1 cent per word. In Australia, the going rate for a writer, in the printed media world, is in excess of fifty cents per word. I want to buy more than a cup of noodles for anything I publish. But in such a competitive market the Internet rarely delivers.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Thank you Cagsil for stopping by to read and for your comments. There are wonderful aspects to the Internet, I love it, could spend all day, every day, surfing, browsing, reading. Oh, wait a minute, that's exactly how I spend my days.

      But it is so frustrating when there is a particular topic I want to get answers to and all I get is gibberish. If only the spiders, crawlers, those things that collect the data were human and could filter out the stuff that was irrelevant. Oh, in a perfect world the Internet would be perfect.

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      Detective L 7 years ago

      $1 dollar a day is insane. I'm a freelancing writer too but that wage shocked me. I can't even buy a cup of noodles with that. hehe

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      Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Karanda, nicely done for a 30 minute hub. And, yes I read your post in the forums. It was still finished and published in 30 minutes, even if you had to fix things. Fixing things are fine. It's just the completed hub that matters. As for the Internet good or bad? Subjective to each person's view. There are many good aspects and a lot of bad aspects. I would like to hope that the good will always out weigh the bad. Thank you for sharing your version of a B grade movie. :)