feeling guilty over letting down MyLot.

@jazzsue58 (2672)
April 3, 2009 4:54am CST
I'm talking about the team here, i.e. the hardworking people who have given us all those new task incentives. You see, I love doing the tasks but some of them do seem rather hard work for 0.20. Nonetheless, keeping to strict timeframes, and having to research 'foreign' topic areas (as in subject, not country ) did give me the push I needed to accept a writing job I was offered elsewhere. Well, they liked it, I was accepted and I'm now doing 2 - 3 articles a day. I know that's not a lot, but I do have my regular job and electric helicopters take a lot of reading when you know jack-sh*t about them. Hence, the last two days I've been copy-pasting and printing off vast reams of stuff that I can research and then write about, in my own words. Consider me your local expert on all things collectively pitch related. Anyhows ... Saw the MyLot task board crammed full of stuff, and rathly rashly chose the one task that had 24 hours grace, rather than just 2. It was a LOT of work for 0.20 but I thought, "Keep your hand in, dear." Trouble is, I couldn't! By the time I'd submitted my expected 3 helicopter articles, I had just an hour left. And then I reread what I had to do: the usual "find 5 sites with less than 50 back-links" PLUS "write 4 paragraphs containing these keywords". At that point I thought, blow this. I'd just broken down one long article into 2 short ones, well researched I'll admit, worth £6 in total (That's $9!) I was cream-crackered and proud, but I no longer had any incentive to even START searching on an engine I'd never even heard of. It was just too much, too late in the day. Of course, that meant my task was abandoned, and I now feel really REALLY guilty. I've let the team down! I took on something that I wanted to do just for the hell of it, and I didn't come up with the goods. On the other hand, if I HAD done it, I'd have compromised my other, more important work. As it was, the kids ate leftovers again. Am I stoopid to feel this bad on absconding on a 10p task? Or is this a sign of my true integrity and value in the work marketplace? Answers on a 0.20c postage stamp, please.
9 responses
3 Apr 09
Welcome to earning online: the only place where people will do 20 minutes' work for 20c.
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@jazzsue58 (2672)
3 Apr 09
Not so! I put in an hour yesterday, researching helicopters and writing about them, after which I'd submitted work worth £6. Which ... is just ... above the ... legal minimum ... wage. I do so wish I hadn't thought that. The ink cartridge I used up cost me eleven bucks.
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@mysdianait (64059)
• Italy
3 Apr 09
The ink cartridge I used up cost me eleven bucks. ROFLMAO!!!
@busyB4 (875)
• United States
3 Apr 09
So true, I jyust dont want to take the time that it requires ofr 20 cents. I guess I just am not that gungho for 20 cents!
@pratik87 (1928)
• India
3 Apr 09
Could you repeat the question please.
@pratik87 (1928)
• India
3 Apr 09
you are lucky at least you are getting the tasks i id two tasks on the first day couldnt do the third one because i was getting some problem on it because of the net. after that i have not seen one available task.
@jazzsue58 (2672)
3 Apr 09
From now on, I'll pass all mine on to you! Seriously, I know the backlinks tool can be a bind, and Firefox kept crashing on me if I had too many tabs open - not sure if that's MyLot or the net though. Tasks are like buses. You don't see one for days, then a dozen come along at once. (And all of them say "out of service.")
@pratik87 (1928)
• India
3 Apr 09
if that could happen then it would be great. but i see you have gone to great lengths to sincerely comlpete the tasks i have taken the shortcut method still got paid for the two tasks i completed. i did not view more than 7-8 results for each and still finished the tasks and got paid.
@mysdianait (64059)
• Italy
3 Apr 09
Uhm... I think the whole questin of the tasks here is a very individual choice. I do the 'searches' at 20 cents each in between responses and... find them very worhwhile. Maybe you are not understanding how simple they are and making a mountain out of a molehill?
@mysdianait (64059)
• Italy
3 Apr 09
Uhm... not seen that one... well maybe I did but knowing me I just closed the page I'm fine with those simple searches which only take a minute or two at the most. p.s. still the green/white man ?
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
4 Apr 09
I'd be less concerned about the team than your kids having to eat leftovers for 20c! Joking, I"m sure they were lovely leftovers and you wouldn't have cooked anyway even if you odidn't have tasks to do. They do take a lot of work. I too viewed and rejected the task that needed paragraphs written after all the research.
@jazzsue58 (2672)
5 Apr 09
Top restaurants feed their customers leftovers, that's my excuse. Think about it - you go to a carvery and, unless you're first in the queue, you're offered a slice of meat from a joint that's already been hacked to pieces. In other words, the leftovers from everyone else who went before you. Well, that's my excuse, anyway! I cook two chickens as one is never enough - they all want a drumstick (I dare say there is a chicken that's been bred with 4 legs - trouble is, no one has ever been able to catch one!)The leftovers from the second one goes into a pasta dish for the next day, bulked out with some cooked bacon and, um, leftover sausage. I've never poisoned anyone yet. Unlike some celebrity chefs I could mention.
@alicia812 (648)
• Australia
4 Apr 09
Hi jazzsue. Last week I submitted 3 tasks for $2 each. They were returned to me and I was told to rewrite them. I really think that i did well in those 3 articles (4-5 paragraphs each). But they returned again the other one I re-wrote. I can't rewrite it anymore for the second time as that was the best way I can write it. I lost momentum and just left 3 returned tasks in my tasks inbox for a week. At first I felt guilty because if I accepted a task I always make sure to finish it and submit it far ahead of time. But what can I do? I wrote three articles/tasks the best way I can and they were returned. I was also offline most of the days the whole week due to house chores and kids are sick as well. Few minutes ago I tried to re-write one of those tasks and re-submitted it. Somehow I feel guilty not to accomplish them in time and perfect them for them to be accepted. By the way, I haven't tried the .20cents tasks, perhaps I should give them a try too.
@jazzsue58 (2672)
4 Apr 09
I wouldn't worry too much. I don't think MyLot make it very clear at all how to use their keywords. For one, they're not keywords, they're key [/i]phrases.[i] Some of the things I was supposed to embed didn't make sense unless I split them up. I've been lucky in that only one of mine was returned - for lack of content. After that, I stuffed them full of facts and they seemed to pass okay. I did miss the deadline for a couple though - by about three minutes! Frustrating, but the way I look at it - it's all good practice, and something to pop in the portfolio folder.
@littleowl (7157)
3 Apr 09
Hi jazzsue, don't feel guilty for not doing the task am sure myLot understand, you do need the money and obviously if it is our currency then it is more beneficial to you especially after being paid out in cents and dollars it all needs to be converted and for that we get a small charge...personally I think you did the right thing and myLot will/would understand...littleowl
@jazzsue58 (2672)
4 Apr 09
It makes me look like a grump, when really I'm not. Truth is, I've enjoyed the tasks, especially the ones where I get to look at great big American trucks - I want one of those when I'm rich and famous! The money is nice, but I don't mind doing the searches for 0.20 as it's a bit of fun. It was a bit cheeky, though, putting a writing task in with a search one, and then offering it at the lower amount! I'm wondering if they were thinking, "Hm, everyone seems really happy up to now. I reckon we're overpaying them. I wonder what we can get away with before they stop taking such an interest?" So, on second thoughts - no, I don't feel guilty at all! (Especially as I've just been offered another writing job by a lovely Aussie man who is apologising for only being able to afford $4 per 500 word article! Sweet - wonder if he can get me cheap air tickets to Adelaide instead?)
• Philippines
4 Apr 09
gosh, i did not get the task i agree with you. it is very difficult to finish a task when your internet connection is low. but those are the rules. and i hope there rae changes soon.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
4 Apr 09
I wouldn't worry about it too much. There are more tasks to go around and maybe you'll get around to doing one on another day. I tried them when they first came out but they weren't for me. I'm happy just puttering along doing my discussions and responding to others. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
@Darkwing (21588)
3 Apr 09
It is a sign of your true integrity but I wouldn't worry too much about letting the side down. I agree that some of those tasks are attached to lousy pay the amount of work and time you have to put into them, and that's why I really prefer to stick to discussions. However, I did submit two tasks, and they're pending, so let's see what happens from there. Brightest Blessings my friend, and don't feel bad.