There has been a lot of excitement lately over being accepted to write for the Huffington Post. It makes me sad though because, for most, the opportunity either doesn’t pan our or it doesn’t end up being as amazing as originally hoped for.
Don’t get me wrong, many amazing writers have had amazing outcomes from being published with Huffington Post. I myself got sucked into the awe that seems to follow that name, but unfortunately I’m now starting to second guess my enthusiasm.
Let me explain why I have currently given up on trying to write for the Huffington Post.
- They don’t pay. Plain and simple. I spend more time than I probably should, trying to write articles that are meaningful and full of great content. With that being said, if a company as large as Huffington Post actually likes my article enough to publish it, why am I not being paid? I work too hard to work for free.
- I’m sick of being rejected. Now I realize this is not everyone’s case. I see people everyday jump for joy because they’ve had articles accepted. That is wonderful and I’m extremely happy for the lucky ones! I’m not one of them and it starts to wear on me over time. I think my content is great, especially content that I choose to submit to big companies. I would rather not submit it then start thinking I’m a bad writer because one company hasn’t seen my potential.
- If you don’t figure out all the loop holes before hand, your blog suffers. Again, I can’t say first hand that all situations are like this but from what I’ve read, it’s hit or miss. If you don’t find a way to basically link back to your blog somewhere in the actual published article then the traffic you were hoping for won’t come. Their goal is to get traffic to their websites and pages, not yours.
- I strongly believe that the backlash is not worth it. Every topic can be argued but is it worth the criticism on an article that you weren’t even paid to have published? There’s a reason most people tell you not to ever read the comments. People are rude and mean, especially when hiding behind computer screens.
- They send a terrible message to not only their writers but also their readers (yes I’m back on the no pay thing.) They are basically telling us all that our articles are not worth the money. Literally worth zero! Yes you may get some recognition but is that worth it in the end if a company this large refuses to pay the very people who keep it from tanking.
In the end, it’s not worth it to me. My time is worth more than the hope that my article will go viral, because in most cases it won’t and it will just end up at the bottom of a never-ending, Huffington Post news feed.
I’m upset that I have come to this conclusion. When I first heard about the opportunity to possible write for Huffington Post I was extremely excited. I’m a new blogger, of course I want to drive traffic to my blog. However, I am fairly convinced that there are better ways to do it, many of which pay, and that right there makes them worth more of my time than any publication that expects free content from fabulous writers.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, think about what it is you will get out of submitting work to any publication. In this case, I can’t bring myself to work for free and I definitely can’t continue to submit work that I know is great, knowing my chances are slim on even getting noticed. Rejection is a part of life, I accept that, but that does not mean I have to subject myself to it on purpose in hopes of some random traffic to my blog.
If they like your work enough to publish it then you deserve to be paid, especially from such a well-known and extremely well off company. I promise you, they aren’t suffering in the income department and won’t be anytime soon. So, until they can pay me from my work, I give up.