Friday, June 29, 2007

Money for blogging

When I was in the 5th grade my teacher had this WONDERFUL set of creative writing cards that I absolutely loved. Getting to use these cards was such a treat. As I recall, if we finished our regular assignment, we got to pick a card from this box....could be the first assignment was from the box, too. Don't remember, but I do remember that these cards had writting assignments on them. They were little starters to get us going on writing our own story. We could either use the paragraph that was written, which was the first paragraph of a story, then we completed the story, or we could choose the list of words on the card. The list was 5-10 random words that all had to be used in the story. Either option was great fun - I loved the challenge and I usually ended up writing a 10-20 page story. One other person and I used to compete to see who would write the longest story. Back then, quantity and quality were indistinguishable :)

What does this have to do with getting money for blogging? Well, some of you may have noticed the new little icon on my web page about or that some of my posts have had some odd links in them lately. Well, this is because my wife discovered a place that pays people to blog and the only real requirement is that you use a short phrase with a link they provide. No review. No opinions. Just provide a link. This totally reminds me of the creative writing box, and is a great incentive for me to remember to blog more frequently. For instance, it is a challenge to use some of the odd phrases that I might ordinarily use in my writing, like incontinence products or drug rehab or DNA, but use them I must if I want to rise to the challenge. This is totally like having to use "magic castle," "pen," "bottle," "whiskers," and "felt" all in one story. I love it!

So, in the interest of full disclosure, yes, I am getting paid for some of the additional blogging I am doing, but this is really just providing me incentive to dig further into my life to share the good stuff, or the random weirdness in my brain, whichever pops to the surface first. Hope you will enjoy reading these posts as much as I enjoy writing them.


Audra said...

wow! sounds like some fun that i want in on lol

Quirky said...

New to your blog - I love that. My favorite assignments in creative writing class in college were the ones where we had to incorporate random words. Oh, and it reminds me of Whose Line Is It Anyway where they have a phrase in their pocket and have to pull it out at a random time and incorporate it into their scene. Randomness is fun and creativity-inducing!

patti_cake said...

I was chosen to do it but so far have not followed through. I'm just kind of apprehensive and I don't know why.

Dakota said...

Casey and I dove in...dived in?....guess we shall see. She knows someone who has been using them for a while, so think will be OK.