About the same month (a few years ago) that I signed on here, I began writing for a competing citizen journalism site also, Examiner.com -- where I held high hopes and probably had greater income potential (if I could just get myself to participate).
But I never felt at home, or even comfortable, there and dragged along, publishing just enough to stay "active," writing rather ho-hum stuff at that.
Then, in a burst of New Year's enthusiasm, I requested a second title there, planning to ramp up my participation. But then, the management began garbaging-up articles with LinkSmart -- the latest of many unpredictable tweaks that usually afflicted, but occasionally enhanced, the site.
After a mass protest by the writers, that atrocity was turned off -- temporarily, while they work to improve the results. But this latest episode woke up this realization: I REALLY don't like writing for that company.
So moments ago I emailed my request to be deactivated as an Examiner -- finally!
Now, besides a favorite place for mass producing web content (for adequate upfront pay), my blogs (for next-to-no pay, usually), and my offline freelancing (for chunks to rolls of cash or payments in stuff, depending...), it's down to Digital Journal for me, for news reporting.
WOW -- I hated referring people to my Examiner pages, and of course I won't start now. But I understand all of that content will just linger on the Net, as is.
OK -- What's happening outside in the snowy yard?
After chowing down on a bowl of sunflower seeds, then being chased off by crows, this squirrel waited in a nearby shrub for another chance.