Resources for Christians

If you’re a communicator for Christ, as I am, you can find Writing Resources with Christian poets, writers, and pastors in mind on my website.

In addition, I hope you’ll follow these blogs, which I maintain as often as family, church, and book-writing commitments allow:

Bible Prayers
Bible Reviewer
Mary Sayler (in lieu of this site)
Poetry Editor & Poetry
Praise Poems (many of which have been compiled in the book PRAISE! and the forthcoming chapbook, WE: the people under God.)
What the Bible Says About Love

May God bless you and your good work in Christ.

Mary Harwell Sayler, (c) 2017

 

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Newsy update on Internet writing

Previously In a Writer’s Life, we talked about the option of writing for Internet websites, and some of you have since asked for an update. Is it working for me? Not well. Can it work for you? Possibly.

According to other Internet writers, getting Subscribers, Followers, and Hits usually works best when you hit the news. Testing this premise, I discovered, yes, more traffic comes to a webpage tagged with key words of interest such as those found via Google Trends. This past week or so, for example, I focused on what the Bible has to say about Egypt because I wanted to know more and, therefore, suspected other Bible lovers would be interested too. Apparently they were since my devotional got a few more visitors than usual – not many, mind you, but a few.

A large factor, however, in finding regular Followers has to do with the regular subject about which you regularly write. For example, Internet writers who focus on timely aspects of entertainment, politics, or weather will, most likely, have more Subscribers than those of us who talk about such timeless matters as faith, religion, child care, education, poetry, art, and literature unless, of course, someone acts despicably in one of those areas. In such cases, though, shock value often devalues the norm, making it seem as though every priest is suspect, every foster mother an ogre, and every unusual view in a book only a new form of fuel for the burn pile.

So, no, writing about writing for the Internet has not brought tons of hits. Neither has writing Bible-based devotionals. In fact, if I had not been trained to think it tacky to talk about money, I might tell you that dozens and dozens of website postings brought about forty dollars. That would be more, of course, if I had posted this writing frenzy on sites that pay, say, $10 per article, but then that would be it – the final payment, whereas pay-per-view can bring plenty of hits or plenty of nothing.

As a little aside to help you with your own decision, you may want to know that a high level of productivity often attracts other writers from around the world who then request (sometimes demand!) free critiques of their writings, which, to them, means your “taking a quick look” at a 512-page manuscript. In such instances, quickness comes in saying no, but even that takes some of the time you probably do not have.

If you need to be compensated right away for your work, you might be discouraged by this conversation. If, however, money is not a factor, then consider yourself a Volunteer Writer on subjects you enjoy, and you will have an immediate reward. Also, if you need publishing credits, Internet writing will give you an immediate market that conceivably stretches toward infinity.

Other factors may pull you one way or the other, too, but for many of us, keeping on with this work, work, work may make little sense. An exception can come in establishing a far-reaching goal that you work toward with such tactics as writing a bestseller or, more likely, social networking, commenting on relevant blogs with relevant remarks, and backlinking.

For the latter, thread hotlinks of each URL from one site you write or article you post to another and another and another until you eventually weave your own private Internet system, spinning your words, views, strongly anchored values and beliefs way out there into cyberspace. Do not be surprised, however, to find that, when you stop writing for a company and are honest enough to tell them so, they might deactivate your hotlinks but keep all of your work, work, work.

(c) 2011, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved.

Do regular writers regularly write for Internet sites?

Writing regularly for Internet sites can offer various perks at various stages of your writing career. For example, Internet sites give you a way to:

Get into writing.

Talk about your favorite topics.

Investigate other areas of interest.

Build your publishing credits.

Establish an Internet presence.

Get free exposure for products or services that you already have in place.

Most of those reasons apply to writers at all levels, but what if you’re a well-published poet or writer who’s made a career of freelance and assignment writing? Would you ever write for an Internet site that pays per view, so, at first anyway, your work would collect only pennies?

Everyone has unique reasons for doing or not doing almost anything, so maybe my rationale will help you to decide what’s next in your writing life. As I recall, my thought processes on the subject went something like this:

• If I’m going to tweet on Twitter, link with groups on LinkedIn, and show my face on Facebook to reconnect with old friends and peers, I can talk about weather for a while, but I might as well talk about the subjects on my mind or how I actually spend my time.

• After years of stressing toward deadlines, I knew I did not want to sign a contract promising X number of articles in X number of weeks. What if wonderful weather beckons me toward the beach or my grands want to play or a delicious book of poetry invites me to drop everything and read?

• When I heard that a particular company required a security check but no contract, I decided to check them out. Since the company is still relatively new, they need writers for a diverse range of categories and/ or experts in a field. So, I inquired about some yummy choices and liked the editor’s upbeat response.

• I also liked the short, clear training videos that explain the technical stuff that concerned me. As an unexpected bonus, the quick courses helped me to improve my own blogs.

• In my own sweet pace and time, I clicked onto courses about format and style, such as writing effective headlines or using second and third person rather than first, to find out exactly what they wanted and needed.

• As a poet-writer who loves paper and pencil, not even a pen, I did not want to use equipment that required high levels of techno-skill. For me to even consider writing for an Internet site meant I needed to be assured of easy-to-correct options for posting and editing with forums, discussion boards, and support tickets as needed to get me unstuck.

• If I had not become a writer, I probably would have studied the art of picture book illustrating, and I still may. Meanwhile, I like to play with artistic renderings of photos that might otherwise be “just a snapshot.” So I was glad to see the site encouraged me to upload my photos and (when I’m ready) videos to illustrate my articles.

• Since Internet sites often emphasize linking each article to others – not just my own, but those related to the topic I’m writing about – I liked the potential for building synergy and cooperation with peers. This also reminds me that, in today’s Internet world, writers and poets do not need to live in solitary confinement. We can encourage one another. We can help each other to succeed.

Success also depends on me, my commitment, and my view of the bigger, long-term picture while focusing on what I can bring to readers now. If I keep writing regularly and letting potentially interested people know what’s up on the site, pay-per-clicks might increase as readership builds, especially since viewers can continue to find and view articles for months (maybe years) after they’re posted.

These Internet efforts can build synergy with other projects, such as this blog, and also help to strengthen a company, which in turn helps me and you to keep on investigating and writing about topics we love to discuss – ones our readers really want to know about too.

At least, that’s how it should be.

(c) 2010, Mary Sayler