On this Labor Day, 2010, I’m not going to work but am working at home. Here my labor comes at really cheap rates, which is what happens when you exchange working at work for working at home.
So, I went online to read my favorites’ AC articles, to leave a few comments, and get stimulated by these to write some more. I get my very best ideas from other writers on AC!
Write local content
Featured on the page after I logged on to AC was an announcement that our publisher is looking for local content from the San Francisco area, New York City, and Detroit, Michigan.
What’s so interesting about these places that AC is looking for compelling, informative content from a local perspective? Why is AC willing to pay presumably more for our labors in writing about these locations? Why aren’t they pushing Abilene, Kansas, or Stuart, Florida, or Childress, Texas, or Sioux Falls, South Dakota? Is there more interest in what goes on in urban locations in blue states than in outback areas of the red ones?
Next, there’s an application or a questionnaire to fill out if you actually are interested in writing local content about any of these three places. Your initial interest isn’t enough, you must qualify. And to write about them now, it’s better if you wrote about them already.
After that, you are asked if you participate in city council, community service, volunteer work, event planning, news, education, and law enforcement. If you participate in making your own living by creating your own wealth from products you make, services you provide, for which you get paid from non-government sources, the surveyors don’t seem to be interested in your writing.
There’s a question about what you do for a living. I wonder what that has to do with your ability to write. I wonder what one has to do for a living to be acceptable as a writer of local content in those three cities. What about those of us who are not making a living right now? If we collect unemployment or Social Security, are we making a living? For the retired, are they interested in what we did for a living? Many of us are trying to make a living by writing for AC. There was no box to check off for that.
And finally, you are asked what your interest is in covering crime, weather, traffic, sports, business, celebs, nightlife, things to do, restaurants, social events, real estate, and education. I like to cover things like rocks, jewelry, health problems, fast cars, mah jongg, aviation, circuit-board soldering, geology, historical factoids, marketing, and a lot of interesting stuff, a little out of the ordinary, that people don’t know but like it when they find out.
…or not to qualify
I guess I’m not going to get the assignment to write about defined areas of local content in San Francisco, New York, or Detroit. So, I’m writing about what I won’t be writing about on AC on Labor Day.