Will you write about a topic you have no interest in?

United States
September 11, 2009 4:18pm CST
Right now in the Marketplace section of Helium, there are several calls for content about shingles. A lot of them don't have any articles posted yet. Would you spend the time researching a topic like shingles that you don't know anything about and have little interest in? Or do you only write about things you like?
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@mommaj (22872)
• United States
11 Sep 09
If it was for AC where I knew I would get an upfront payment, then I would write to the topic. Since it's only a possibility you might be the only person to write, I wouldn't bother. Besides if you don't have stars you won't make an upfront payment anyway, so why waste the time researching when you can be writing an article on something you do know about.
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• United States
12 Sep 09
I know what you are saying, writing for the Helium Marketplace is always taking a chance that you will spend hours researching and writing for very little reward. It's not too bad if the topic is interesting, but when the topic is that challenging, I'd rather just write about something I care about. Still, there are all types of writers, so there is bound to be someone who is interested or for whom the money will be appealing enough.
@mommaj (22872)
• United States
12 Sep 09
I would think a lot of the home improvement writers, may have came across this from time to time. It would be easy enough to research just no interest on my part and like I said, without being able to make money at it what is the point? LOL I would like to see Helium start offering upfront payments in a better manner than what they do now. Besides the only payments you get are for empty titles right? What else do they offer for writing an article?
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• United States
12 Sep 09
Yes, only the $1 for empty titles and the rate for the star rating. You can do a lot better with upfront payments on other sites.
• United States
22 Sep 09
I've written on things I had no interest in before. It wasn't fun until I found an angle that I did find interesting. Even something as boring as shingles can have an aspect that becomes fascinating upon further research. I hate to admit it, but if I can earn money at it, I'll write about almost anything. Part of the reason I love this job is the research part of it. You don't always get to research what you want, but you always find something interesting.
• United States
22 Sep 09
You have exactly the right attitude. Generally, I try to adopt this, but some things really test my limits. With so many writing opportunities in subjects I enjoy, it becomes easier to resist those that try my interest. Still, good attitude on your part!
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• United States
25 Sep 09
If you can find the topics that interest you, go for it. It's much easier to write oodles of words on something you're into than it is to find the angle and then write.
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@Canellita (12052)
• United States
16 Sep 09
I do it quite often actually. I used to hate when the editors from locally published periodicals would try to get me to take on writing assignments I had no interest in but now at helium I just look for empty titles I can write to that will bring me income regardless of what the topics are. I now have 99 helium articles in 17 different channels. I have been hindered in my output because of my computer issues but I am hoping to have all that resolved by the weekend.
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• United States
20 Sep 09
I have done that with Helium myself, but I usually try and put in words in the "search titles" section that I might be interested in writing about, like Rome, Cubism, titles of books I have read, etc. I don't usually take on things that are truly foreign to me, like science or automobiles, for example. How do you search for the empty titles?
@UK_Shree (3604)
14 Sep 09
Well I have to be honest here and say that whether or not I would do it depends on how much money they would be paying for me to do it. If it were a very small amount then I have to say that no I would not do it. If I felt that they money I got in return for writing an article on a topic I was not familiar with was considerable, then yes I would do it just for the money, as the time and effort would be worth it for me. If I needed to write about something I already knew a lot about but the money was not that great then I think I would still do it, as I would obviously find it much easier to do.
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• United States
15 Sep 09
The topic was writing about shingles for houses (roofing material). There were several of them: shingles for wet weather, aluminum shingles, etc., and they paid $12 apiece. Would you do it? Oh, and there is no guarantee that they would be chosen, you are competing with anyone else who submits the same article. However, there were not many people writing about this topic. Now would you do it? I do think that there are DYI people who would probably find the topic, if not interesting, then in their realm of knowledge. I do not happen to be one of them, however.
@UK_Shree (3604)
18 Sep 09
If I was competing against a large number of people then probably not.
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@scheng1 (24701)
• Singapore
14 Sep 09
Hi Art, it will depend on the amount of research I need. If the time spends on research is enough to write four to five other articles in familiar topic, then I will forgo the marketplace articles. I think the four or five articles will make more money than selling marketplace article. After I can get long-term passive income from the four or five articles. Plus there is no guarantee that the publisher will select my article.
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• United States
15 Sep 09
I agree with you. I have to be somewhat interested in the topic or see some other potential. Now that you have met your goal (star-wise) over at Helium, what's next for you?
@scheng1 (24701)
• Singapore
15 Sep 09
Hi Art, now I'm too lazy to write for Helium. I spend time writing for my blog, where I can choose to write in first person POV. I need to rewrite some articles submitted to Helium for my blogs. Since I had spent time on researching the keywords, I feel it's a waste of time if I dont rewrite and post to blog. Guess what! The article about increasing page views for Associated Content is actually a title in Helium. That title had four articles, so I add the fifth article to it. I had rewrote sufficiently for my blog too.
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@lynnemg (4536)
• United States
12 Sep 09
I have found that I do much better to stick to writing about things that intertest me. I will attempt to research and write about other things, but my articles are never as good as they are when I hoold an interest in the topic.
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• United States
14 Sep 09
I agree with you. I think that when I am writing about a topic I don't really like, I am just trying to get it over and make it decent. When I have a topic I really care about, I will spend more time choosing words or phrasing things in a better way.
• United States
14 Sep 09
I agree with you. I think that when I am writing about a topic I don't really like, I am just trying to get it over and make it decent. When I have a topic I really care about, I will spend more time choosing words or phrasing things in a better way.
@ptty55 (45)
• Canada
10 Oct 09
I have written articles on topics I have no interest in. The more diverse you are in your channels on Helium, the better your chances are to increase your daily revenue. It can be challenging to write an interesting article on a boring topic, but it can be done.
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• United States
10 Oct 09
You make a good point, by writing on a diversity of topics, you get a wider audience. And that's always a good thing!
@babostwick (2037)
• United States
20 Sep 09
It would have to depend on what it is. I try to write more on what I enjoy and can understand better than those that I don't. Having said that, if there is a chance to earn some money on trying something different in terms of the topic. If I have to do some research, that's fine as long as I know I need to. In short, it just depends on the subject at hand.
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• United States
20 Sep 09
I agree with you. If the suggested topic is something I am interested in or something I might know a little about, I will take it on. For something so foreign to me (like roofing shingles, in this case), I just pass it by.
@iakulchen (615)
• Singapore
12 Sep 09
Actually the publisher only want roofing contract writers on Helium to write those articles, if you haven't been verified as such by Helium, you can't write to that topic. I suspect that's the reason why there are no takers for it. I don't think there are lots of people who are "roofing contract writers", whatever it means, and for those who can themselves "roofing contract writers", I suspect that there won't be a lot of publishers on Helium who want only "roofing contract writers" to write for them, so effectively going through the trouble to get verified by Helium is likely only able to get you to write with that single publisher.
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• United States
12 Sep 09
I didn't see that about the roofing contract writers, but I did mistake the payment. It's only $12 per article, which makes it even less desirable to write about. I wonder what happens if they don't find anyone?
@mrtimharry (1180)
12 Sep 09
I often write about things where I have only a limited knowledge or no knowledge about. There are a few reasons for this. The subjects I know a lot about, including mythology are not big earners from page revenue. I like to learn about new things, so as long as I have some interest in the title will often give it a go. Also if it is part of a contest or marketplace then there is a chance for a decent sum, so a bit of research is worth that "gamble".
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• United States
12 Sep 09
If you have any interest in housing products or DIY, you should definitely check it out. There were no takers when I last looked and there are several articles on shingles, so once you did the research, you could probably apply it to more than one entry. At $28 a pop, that could add up fast.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
12 Sep 09
Nope--I could never force myself writing on a topic I have no real interest or enthusiasm in and do prefer writing on things that truly grab me. I once used to work for a writing website that assigned and more or less dictated the topics to you...so say they send me a listing of ten articles to be written, different articles on the topic of different types of lacerations...gee, how exciting...NOT. Haven't worked for them since and that was over a year ago
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• United States
12 Sep 09
I know that people probably need to know about lacerations, but it's hard to work up much enthusiasm for that, isn't it?
@GardenGerty (117966)
• United States
11 Sep 09
I frequently write about stuff I have no interest in. I make money doing it. If, in this case, you are referring to shingles, the medical condition, I would write about it, so maybe I should check it out. The thing about a lot of these writing sites is that I never earn enough with my submissions to get paid. I can write an assignment for a freelance agent, and get paid in less than a month. He is a sure deal.
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• United States
12 Sep 09
Mo, it is about housing shingles. I guess it is for a company that sells the product (or so I am guessing) because they want to focus on shingles for wet weather, dry weather, and a particular brand name of shingles. (Even the medical kind would probably be more interesting, right?).
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@Msabu09 (113)
• United States
11 Sep 09
For me, it's so much more natural to write about things I am interested in. However, if I were motivated and desired to really make some money on Helium, I would do the research and write an article on something like shingles. Takes a different frame of mind, tho....
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• United States
12 Sep 09
Sometimes I can do research and get interested in an otherwise dull topic that way; this one seems more challenging than most, however. I guess if you are a DYI type, it would be a great topic. You could spend your afternoon at Home Depot doing research.
• United States
14 Jul 10
I usually don't write for topics I'm not interested in on Helium, if I did it'd be like "I hate writing this article. I'm bored." So I usually try to write for things that interest me so I don't get bored writing.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
16 Oct 09
I have written about topics I'm not interested in. A while ago, I wrote 10 articles about corporate gift giving - you know, pens, keyrings, mugs, that sort of thing. I knew nothing about it, but I did a bit of research and looked for an unusual angle for each article. I completed the work in less than 2 days and received $50 for it. I'd do it again, but I wouldn't tackle things which needed knowledge of building or technology, as I know next to nothing about these things and don't really wish to. The research would take too long to make the articles a worthwhile assignment, IMO.