One of the things I do to generate more income is offer writing services to others. I have a link on Fiverr and an account on Upwork; neither of those get me anywhere.
I’m a be me!
Every once in a while I go through a couple of the remaining forums I still belong to, posting my little bit of advertising for writing services. When I’m posting those articles, I always include a link to some article samples so people can see that I can write different ways on different topics. None of them are overly long, as it’s only supposed to be a sample.
I ended up getting a response from one guy on one of those forums. He wasn’t looking for a writer; he was looking to basically be a jerk. He wrote that he didn’t like my presentation and that no one would ever hire me as a writer if that’s all I could do.
What did I do after my brief thoughts of throttling him? I thanked him for his comment and moved on. I figured there was no reason to get into a back and forth with the guy because, after all, what would it have solved? My test articles are what they are, samples; there’s already a link to this blog, so there’s no reason to overdo it.
Now, what he could have been griping about is my website, and if that’s the case, well, then that’s only one person’s opinion of what they expect certain websites or blogs to look like. I’m known to look at websites and judge them on how well I think they look, but I keep it to myself, as I’m more interested in other writer’s content. I look for balance and readability more than whether I like how sites work… unless that’s the topic I’m going to write on.
There are things that put off many people; one of those things is a lack of balance from page to page. Another is multiple fonts on a webpage, along with lots of different colors, or content with lots of spelling mistakes. Or maybe the site only has words and nothing eye-popping or compelling… you get the picture.
The truth is there are many different websites, over 1.3 billion at this juncture if we include blogs (wow!). Many that look the same are template websites, and there’s hundreds of thousands of those now. There are also many websites on free platforms, although many of those are starting to go away.
With that being said, not every website is going to be pleasant for everyone; not every style is supposed to be the same either.This site looks like it does because I wanted it to look that way; many of you know how much I love red. 🙂
Every page is outlined the same, and the menu is in the same place on each page. I market a couple of my products on each page, which is fair since they’re my products. I’ve been thinking about cutting one of those products; we’ll see if I do.
Here’s the overall thing. If you’re paying for it or putting the work into it, you can have your website look like what you want it to be. You might need to think about something that’s not over the edge if you’re selling your words instead of products; if you’re selling products, you might want to think more color-centric or color-neutral (this site’s not any of those lol); that’s something to think about.
In any case, it is what it is, just like everyone else’s site. Your content is your content; your marketing is your marketing. If it’s not working for you, change it or not; as I like saying here and there, you do you Boo! lol
Everyone has an opinion; everyone’s not always right. How often are we supposed to bend to everyone else’s opinions? Give that some thought if you care. 😉