I love you mylot, but...

United States
May 21, 2009 1:36am CST
Okay, I just don't get it, did someone out there totally abuse the task system? I was doing the tasks and getting them all accepted. I made 7 dollars in one month. I know the first one I accepted I got 3 dollars off of, but then someone complained about there not being enough time, so they gave more time, but dropped the payment to 2 dollars, then they dropped the time again but kept the payment at 2 dollars. Which I don't care, right? 2 dollars is 2 dollars! Anyhow, I just got a rejection letter on a task because it was written in a personable manner. That hurts. That's what kind of writing I do. I relate to what I'm writing about, that is how I draw in my reader, I don't want dry and boring facts... but apparently that's what they only accept now. I still love mylot, but I think someone was being a whiny baby about the tasks and ruined it for the rest of us. Grrr.
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5 responses
• United States
21 May 09
You can't really complain about the situation really - at least they are providing them. Plus you aren't the boss - sorry to break it to you but many writers out there are told what to write and how to right it to suit the audience that it is intended for. You don't know the audience, so many wherever the writing is being placed, needs it to be cut and dry and doesn't want all the fancy mush in between the lines in order to make the article longer. Most of the time its reviews just stating basic facts. If you want to add in your fluff then its best to look somewhere else to write your articles for.
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• United States
21 May 09
Um, okay, you are real nice. Hahahaha. The fact is not that I'm upset about the rules as they are... but that they changed them. And didn't tell me. And if you will notice this is something that seems to be a ongoing thing and seems to be linked directly with people complaining. So if you all would quit complaining then maybe our nice stuff would be able to stick around. Haha 8 hours too short to complete a task. Whatever.
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@moondancer (7434)
• United States
21 May 09
I finished all of my tasks on time and if one was not enough time for me then I just chose not to do it. I'm just happy for the tasks and the fact that we have them to be able to make more than a few cents per post. As always writing is in what the person requests and we need to adjust to this.
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• United States
21 May 09
Well, thank you for your response, as you may have noticed above I'm not really upset with the rules as they are... but that they changed and they seem to have a pattern for all the changes that are happening. Grrr.
• Canada
21 May 09
I know it's really hard not to take it personally when one's writing is critiqued, edited or even rejected. I had to revise a couple of lines in one of my submissions because I slipped into the first person without realizing it. What is important to remember is that the writing tasks here generate web content for what appear to be commercial sites with specific subject matter. The purchasers or clients for these tasks will want fresh content that is stated factually in regards to their business, product(s), etc. I know when you are a creative writer, factual writing is what you call "dry and boring." However, the tasks we're offered are not for first-person experience - or at least none of the ones I've seen so far have asked for that. I've read the writer guidelines on quite a few sites that sell web content and none of them accept personal, first-person POV pieces. I think for those who purchase their website content, they need and expect it to be general, fact-based, informational and relatable to the majority of their readers, without the inclusion of sentiment or emotion. First person is generally only accepted for journal / diary and sometimes blog pieces. I hope you won't be too put off by that rejection you received because, like you said, two dollars is two dollars and every bit helps :) Good luck with the next ones that you complete!
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• United States
21 May 09
I had tasks that were 'first person' not that they were really first person, but that I slipped some imagery into the task writing and it was accepted. That's why I'm a little miffed over this. Not that they don't allow that, but that they changed it on me and with the pattern of how this stuff is being changed on us... I think we can all know how it got changed in the first place.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
23 May 09
I haven't even bothered to do the tasks. When the tasks first started, there were tasks available. The last few times I've checked, there was nothing available. Maybe I don't check often enough. The subject matter myLot wanted us to write about was totally out of my writing capabilities.
• United States
23 May 09
Yea, I don't think I'm going to do the tasks anymore, I seem to be doing just fine without them. But, I am going to look into writing articles more. So, I'm going to be doing some research into that and hopefully I can make the same or more than I could if I tried so hard to write boring for the tasks. Haha.
@balasri (26554)
• India
25 May 09
I think that we have to write the way they prefer even it is boring or dry.We will learn in due course how it works and can adopt the style accordingly if we like the money they offer.
• United States
25 May 09
Yes, I guess I will have to write boring and dry for them. And save my own personal flair for my other writings. Haha. Thanks for your response!
@balasri (26554)
• India
26 May 09
They get what they ask for.Don't they?