If you’ve been following, and maybe even contributing, to the threat following my post, John Hewitt Defends Demand Studios, Sort Of, you know it’s a heated discussion.
The bulk of the comments could be sorted into two types:
- Those who say, in one form or another, Demand Studios and sites like them are awful rip offs who are preying on naive writers, and by the way, anyone who thinks otherwise is awful too!
- Those who say, in one form or another, Demand Studios and sites like them are great and wonderful, supporting writers, and by the way, anyone who agrees is wonderful too!
Then there are a scattering of folks, like me, who say, in one form or another, Gee. What’s the big deal?
I’ve been wondering and am not sure I have a handle on why people feel so darn passionate about what seems to me to be an issue that’s easily solved – either write for them or don’t. I asked that question in my newsletter this morning.
Allena Tapia, the Guide to Freelance Writing over at About.com said this in comments: Anne– you asked why all the hoopla, and my theory is that it comes down to: Should I care what other writers make or not? Some say “No – why do you care what I make/write, leave me alone” while others say “I have to care, I have to fight against it, because you’re bringing the market down for everyone and impacting my job title.” Really, I think thats the crux, IMHO. Not sure where I fall anymore. Am reading with interest.
She may be on the right track. I’ve been thinking more about it – not about Demand Studio or any of the other article sites or what they pay – but about the intensity of emotion in the discussion. I want to offer this as a thought, and, if you want, to get some feedback:
When I find myself stridently defending a position, if I look deeply into my motivation I usually find that somehow I’m afraid I’m not doing it right, whatever ‘it’ might be.
The ‘it’ can be anything I suppose from politics, to lifestyle, to (gasp) religion, or even how much or how little I’m willing to work for.
Once I locate whatever it is I have decided I might not be doing right I usually end up laughing at myself and letting go of whatever is going on. Sometimes, of course, I have to change my thinking a bit. That’s okay. One way or the other I’ve learned something valuable.
I suppose the underlying “I’m not doing it right” thoughts in this situation might be something like:
- Maybe I should be writing for Demand Studios.
- Maybe I should be charging more for my writing.
So what do you think? Could this apply to at least some of the heated emotion around the post? Or maybe you see this differently too. Let’s talk about it.
Write well and often,
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