No wonder their writers suck so bad! I will explain…
Ok, so as some of you already know: out of pure curiosity generated by a certain professional award winning blogger’s constant “self promotion” I signed up for Associated Content and got myself one of those nifty assignment desks. See:
So I decided to publish something and see how it works. So I chose an assignment on Farmers Markets and began writing. It would be an understatement to say it was a frustrating experience. Seriously. Remember the comment I made about the writers over there not knowing how to use spell check? Well guess what – there is no spell check on that site! Not only that, but you can’t copy and paste text that’s inside the text box! That means that if I wanted to copy and paste into MS Word to spell check my article, I can’t. Eventually I figured out that you can change the format of the text box, BUT you have to change that setting before you start writing. You can’t change it half way through or it erases everything you wrote. And since you can’t copy and paste – say good bye to your work or risk publishing it without a spell check.
So long story short; I submitted the article and if they decide to publish it (yes, there is actually someone who reviews the articles and approves them) there is a small chance I will be joining the ranks of Yahoo Associated Content writers who don’t know how to use a spell check – which will be pretty embarrassing considering everything that happened the last few days.
After I got used to the pure annoying-ness which is the set up over there, I kinda started having fun choosing assignments and playing professional journalist. It’s fun. I see why Jenn likes this game. Some other articles I submitted: 3 New Years Fashion Resolutions (written with Teresa Giudice in mind), my Chicken and Cheerios Recipe, a slide show which I titled The Many Faces of Phaedra Parks, and my Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap minus the screen caps. It won’t be as fun without the pictures, but I figured if that guy from the other day could get his fakecap published, I don’t see why I can’t get mine published. So I gave it a shot. We’ll see if anything actually ends up on the site.
Oh, and in another example of Canadians getting screwed: I’m not eligible to get paid for my submissions because I’m not a US legal resident. So I’m getting screwed out of an extra $300 a year. Modern day slavery I tell you!