Man, am I ever going to hear about this.
So, I'm teaching a class about book reviewing, and we get off on a tangent about freelance writing and editing, and I tell my students that "Yes, you do have clips." This is kind of a mantra of mine: I bet you do too have clips!
Well, I'm stumped by a youngish woman who is just embarking on her career, who works in retail, and truly doesn't have clips. No volunteer work, no church bulletins, no high school newspaper, etc. I hesitated just for one moment before I counseled her to
1) Think about creating content at a mill
2) Take on some volunteer writing projects for a cause that she cares about
The content mill debate tires me. I always feel like I'm on the fence. But back in 2006 (I think) I wrote for Hubpages when they were offering a small up-front payments, and I'm still collecting adsense from those articles. Not only that, but I really had fun writing them, as they were on subjects that are near and dear to my heart. Hubpages was one of the places I told her to look into. I've seen them go back and forth with their upfront payments, so I told her to keep an eye on them.
A question for those who despise content mills--is there anyone- anyone at all- that you would recommend content mills to?