On being paid
News about the on-going payment dispute between a group of writers and a well-known tech blog, has made me think about the unpaid bloggers debate.
Morally, I think you should expect payment if the site is making money from your work, but it depends on the agreement between the writer and the site owner. As a writer, if you know that a site doesn’t pay its contributors, whether it makes a profit or not, and you agree to write for them to bolster your portfolio that’s your choice. if the site owner promises to pay you, then of course you should be paid! (The first time they missed a payment I’d be gone – a deals a deal start-up or not.)
There have been a couple of great leaving notes this week. One from a headmaster writing about a colleague retiring (warning: contains coded rudeness), and another from the CEO and founder of e-commerce site Groupon, who wrote a funny and honest leaving email and posted it on the web.
It’s interesting that the headmasters note, clearly not meant to get widely reported, was picked up for its rather creative use of language. While Andrew Mason’s obvious humour and class has ensured that he’s come out of the firing smelling of roses. It shows that even everyday writing can be powerful and influence the reputation of people and businesses.
I love the idea of focusing on a task for 33 minutes, then having a few minutes break before continuing. Copywriting can be quite mentally draining. Add to that the time spent at the beginning or end of the day doing novel rewrites and soon you’re never leaving the computer (I’m guessing adding a Sims 3 addiction to this doesn’t help…oh, that’s just me?).
If you’ve seen any articles or blog posts this week that have made you think (including your own, I know that my last post, on using active versus passive voice, has made me take a long look at related grammar rules) feel free to share in the comments.