Where To Write In the Digital Age
Writing has been around for thousands of years. Though most of it would not be legible to those without a trained eye (ahem, me), it still existed. Even before rock was chiseled to rock, stories were told around campfires, bringing to life those ancient legends that people wanted to hear about. Of course, it makes sense then, that in present day 2015 plenty of people still seek that same thrill of writing out. Putting pen to paper, however, is such a thing of the past. Despite my creative writing professor’s insistence that a typewriter was the only real way to write, I some how dig out my laptop each day and pound away at the keys.
With the emergence of technology, has come a rebirth of writers around the world. Now, things like blogging, allow those who never had a creative outlet before to put their thoughts and feelings out into the world. But what are the best creative outlets for a writer to use? What places can a writer go to escape the daily humdrum of their lives?
If you’re already reading this, then there’s a chance that you’re already signed up for a hub account. Us hubbers are a devoted bunch of writers who write on everything from literature to why your ex-boyfriend is just not that into you. It serves as an outlet to write about mostly anything, while following the guidelines to maintain a safe and friendly atmosphere for the writers. Hubpages is also an excellent choice for those looking to make some money off of their work. Though there’s been talk that the traffic has gone down, some successful hubbers have not felt the heat. If you have a topic that you think may be interesting to others, or simply a topic that’s interesting to you, then signing up for a Hubpage account might be the right decision for you.
- You can make money for your work!
- 1-100 scale scoring lets you know how you’re doing
- Write about what interests you
- User-friendly site, active admins, and easy-to-use navigation system
- Professional looking articles
- Fluctuating scores can lead to increased stress and anxiety
- Money goes up and down with site activity
- Links, pictures, and video are strictly monitored, making it easy to get your work flagged
What Online Writing Site Works Best For You?
Like Hubpages, Bubblews is a great creative outlet for writers. However, unlike Hubpages, you are not scored and you cannot promote outside links or articles. Bubblers, like hubbers, find solace in creating written word, both creatively and in a succinct, article style manner. While Hubpages is an excellent outlet for the more professional style of writing, Bubblews is perfect for those seeking refuge in their work. The payout for Bubblews is dependent upon traffic, but is not contingent upon the content. Where Hubpages often awards more well thought out content, Bubblews might wind up paying you decent money for a poem that made its rounds around the site. If you’re a creative who is looking to maintain artistic credibility rather than write reporting style, informative, and article-esque pages, then Bubblews is probably right for you.
- Money for your work!
- Growing readership
- Write about what interests you, including creative writing
- Simple and easy-to-use page layout
- No outsourcing or promotion of websites, including your own
- Free writer-ship means sifting through journal-style entries for articles that interest you (unless you’re into journal-style entries to read)
- Page layout is simple and doesn’t allow for multiple images, widgets, or graphs
Perhaps one of the most well-known and easy to use blogging sites out there is Wordpress. Combining blog and personal website, Wordpress allows you to create, manage, and share your work easily for sometimes no money at all. Though you can search for blog themes that will not only help your blog perform better, but appear more professional, you can choose from hundreds of free-themes available right at the Wordpress website. Sign up is free and the set up is fairly quick and painless. For those looking to have total creative control over their writing, setting up a Wordpress account and blog is probably the best option for you. Read up on how best to go about designing your blog and what to include, increasing your search-ability, as this will help grow your readership. Update your blog with widgets that link multiple social media accounts at once. Create an automated system that sends out blogs to your followers and contacts instantly, keeping them updated on what you’re doing.
Be aware, however, that with total blog control, comes total control. What I mean to say is that you need to be clear about what you want your blog to do. If you’re planning on investing your time and money into a blog to gain a following and increase your possibility of becoming published, or making money, then you need to stick to a stringent platform. Just because you have creative control doesn’t mean you should go overboard. Stick to one topic (i.e. computer technology, healthy recipes, writing) and watch your following grow.
- Creative control!
- You can eventually make money if you market yourself and your blog well to potential advertisers
- Make your blog as simple or fancy as you like
- Widget friendly pages make sharing social media easy
- Simple and easy to use page and theme layouts
- Readership is not built in
- Increased work on the writer’s end to create a following
- Competition between blogs to succeed
- Time and investment of your own money to create a solid page
Tips For A Successful Blog
For whatever reason, Tumblr is often seen as the bad seed of the blogging world. Perhaps because such a large part of Tumblr is the reposting and tagging that takes place, discouraging some people from posting original work. However, what I’ve found during my time on Tumblr is a site that is boasting with creative thinkers who are enthralled with certain subjects, while being less enthusiastic about others. The great part? You can choose who you follow! If you aren’t a Whovian but are more of a Pott-Head, then you can pick and choose what tags to follow, ensuring that your dash is blasted with appropriate Harry Potter pictures and information to keep you content.
An added bonus, is that unlike many other blogging sites, Tumblr allows you to take a “chill-day”. Blogging can be tiring and coming up with fresh posts for your followers can take a toll on you mentally. However, Tumblr allows you to zone out and repost on days when you don’t feel like coming up with a post on your own. It also allows you to use small, frequent posts versus long blog posts that can often take time and energy to write. Finally, Tumblr has a queue system, meaning that if you’re planning on having a lengthy school week, vacation, or just need a break from the blog-world you can still have posts going out, even while you’re not there.
- Easy to use site with a mass following
- Standard layout with free and easy-to-use themes
- Creative control
- Write within your specific niche
- Easy-to-find and follow fellow Tumblr blogs
- Blogging queue abilities
- Tumblr users have been known to be either very open-minded or very judgmental
- Reputation as “the easy” blog
- Competition between blogs in specific niches for followers
Writing in the digital age can be confusing. With dozens of online writing and blog sites it’s easy to lose track in the folds. Consider these four sites among the top-tier of blogging, and work our way down from there. Do some research and discover what writing opportunities may be right for you.
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