Good news. Bad news.

Good News! I have had my first article published on Wikinut.

Bad News: I don’t like my article.

It’s not that it is absolutely terrible, it’s just that I think I could’ve picked a better subject to write about. Writing about the moment a Hotpoint washing machine became one of the top trending topics on Twitter seemed like a good idea at the time, but now I’m not so sure. I guess I was just trying to get an article out there and after all the trouble I’ve had trying to write something – well, it just seemed an easy subject to write about.

I’ll probably will go back and have another go on the articles I ended up abandoning halfway through writing them at some point.  In the meantime, I’ve deliberately not put the link to my article on here.  Just be assured, it’s on there.

EDIT:  OK, if want to have a good laugh, or just see how bad it is  you can read it here. Please be gentle with me.

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Becoming a Wikinutter.

So a few days ago, I decided to sign up to a site called Wikinut.  Wikinut is a website that you can submit articles on any subject  to and get paid for it.  It had got a four star review in Web User magazine and as someone who loves writing and has long wanted to make a career out of it, I joined it. I even had an idea of what I would write about for my first couple of articles.

A few days later, I still haven’t submitted those articles.

After an initial good start planning out my articles and what I was going to mention in them, I found the actual writing of the articles themselves a bit of a problem.  I could blame the fact that I kept getting distracted by numerous things (youtube, twitter, people around me, etc), but really I know I should blame myself for being so easily distracted. Not since the days I was at university have I really thrown myself into writing stuff (I know my blogs look like I’ve taken my time with them but believe me, they don’t take a great deal of effort).  I have tried a few times to get back into it since then, but lack of time due to one thing or another has prevented me for carrying on with the stuff I started. There’s quite a few notebooks in my bedroom filled with story ideas that have never fully materialised.

I’m hoping that it’s just a little bit of writers’ block that is hampering my latest efforts, but after getting half a paragraph down I fear I will end up ripping it up and starting again with another subject.  I probably won’t make a lot of money from it, but it’ll be good experience for me, I suppose.