Have you looked at any of the jobs/ careers mentioned below? Even fiction writers have gotten to work in non-fiction if they run their own sites, social media and anything else online. Consider putting some of your energy and skills into a different kind of paying job.
People who know how to write well for digital media — websites, intranets, social media, blogs, e-newsletters, search engines — have amazing career opportunities.
Many jobs now demand digital content skills: corporate communications, technical communications, web writing, journalism, advertising, publishing, marketing, content marketing, public relations, content management, content strategy, digital strategy, service design and government roles.
Nine digital content skills: can you tick them all?
A little sad when something clever and creative disappears online. I had Seven Days Seven Answers in my bookmarks as a site for writing inspiration. But, going through and checking each link, manually, I have found it long closed up. The link still active enough, on Blogger, to pass automated link checks. Anyway, I'm preserving the ideas from the site here. Sure, Blogger will keep it all up until Google decides to stop hosting Blogger. But, I like giving it an extra archive.
What is it? Seven Days Seven Answers is a daily opportunity for creativity. Each day of the week is assigned a category. A question, scenario, or some sort of prompt will be posted asking for you to respond. Every post will have a winning response which receives an award. The goal is to reach the Winners Circle by collecting a win on each of the seven days (or a combination of days and wildcards) and becoming an Ultimate Winner.
Where do I write? You can either respond in the comments of the post or in a post on your own blog (provide a link in the comments for that cue).
How do I know if I'm responding correctly? Cues are deliberately vague and open to interpretation. That's the point! Whatever springs to your mind as an "answer", that's the correct response.
How often can I answer? Answer every day. Don't answer every day (though you risk making me cry). I don't even mind if you answer multiple times on an entry.
How long do I have to write? When are winners announced? You can write on old prompts forever if you like. Winners will be announced in approximately one week.
How are winners chosen? Winners can be chosen by any number of methods.
I'll pick the entry I like best
I'll let someone else pick the entry they like best
Eeny meeny miney mo
Or whatever other method sounds good at the time
How do wildcards work? Some days, instead of posting a prompt in the regular category, a wildcard will be posted instead. The winning response on that day will receive a special wildcard award which counts towards the "seven awards" on any day the participant is missing.
What do Daily Winners receive? Daily winners receive their name (and a link to an appropriate website) on the daily winners page. They also receive the right to post the shiny winners button on their website if they want. In addition, winners receive the unwavering respect and serious street cred among their peers. From time to time, there may be small prizes given to a randomly-chosen daily winner.
What about the Ultimate Winners and the Winners Circle? Winners who have collected wins for all 7 days will also receive their name (and a link) on the Winners Circle page. They may also receive a tangible prize but we'll deal with that when we get there.
In the News:(Day 1) This category features news-related prompts. Sample cues:
Given a headline, write the story that goes with it.
Explain an out-of-context quote.
Write a follow-up story to a recent event.
Checklist(Day 2) A list of words will be accompanied by a scenario in which to use them.
Now What?(Day 3) Write what comes next. Sample cues:
What happens next in a story or scene?
Finish a phrase.
Tell what happens in a situation.
Letters(Day 4) Given either a first line or a set-up, write a letter appropriate to the situation.
Storytime(Day 5) When a new story begins, a starting paragraph will be provided. Everyone will write paragraph #2. A winner will be chosen and the next week everyone will write paragraph #3. And so on, building on the previous winners, until we reach a conclusion.That particular cue category lasted for about a month before I decided to replace it.
So I Have This Friend...(Day 5) Give your best advice to this friend.
A Thousand Words(Day 6) On this day, a photo will be provided. Sample cues:
Explain what happened before (or after) this photo was taken.
Write a caption.
Take Two(Day 7) Given a second chance, how would this be different? Rewrite the ending to a book, movie, scene, fable, quote, etc.
Wildcard This category can be absolutely anything. Absolutely. Anything.
I still want to sell my art as ecards, online. Today I found someone with a good plan, selling the cards with a paid membership to the site. Ojolie offers a free account, to send the ecards she offers without charge. But, I think, I would rather make the ecards a subscriber only thing. Art online is just too easy to rip off. At least I could get a year's subscription before giving access to the art. Of course, I still don't know what software to use. Something like a catalogue, but then it needs to send a png file, or pdf. I think I would include envelopes too, a bonus should people print the cards. So much to consider when you start to think about all the details.
This (see below) is a screenshot from Ojolie, how her pricing works. I'm mainly posting this for myself. So I can look back and remember what I thought I would do.
Found this on Twitter today. It's a great word for urban exploration, at least for me. I do like the plants growing in odd places: rooftops, cracked cement, and railway tracks as shown in the photograph. Sort of abandoned gardens and yet, most were never planted deliberately. Where have you seen something growing in spite of it's habitat?
Word of the day: "ruderal" - able to thrive on disturbed or broken ground, or among waste (Latin rudus, rubble). Used esp. of plant species.
I've had so many ideas and from those ideas I spin off into making them reality and find even more options. More than I can keep track of. Software, it's advances, limitations and quickness to become obsolete/ unpopular, changes how you end up doing things.
I wanted a web directory. But, keeping links became unpopular due to the SEO/ Google fanatics. WordPress and Joomla both stopped including their link management plugins/ extensions in the core software for the CMS. In the case of WordPress you can still download a plugin, Restore Lost Functionality, to bring back links and other features. Joomla still offers Web Links as an extension, but further development seems very limited, if any.
So, I could use Web Links with Joomla, I did upload and install it. But, I can't use it to import my links from WordPress. (I've noticed WordPress does not work well with other CMS). Also, there is no bookmarklet which I would have used to make keeping the web directory supplied with new links as I find them while using my web browser. Anyway, I spent a few days banging into road blocks with this and then I got the idea to change software.
I did have PHPLD (PHP Link Directory), paid for it a few years ago. But, the support forums are gone. Possibly the software is no longer supported as I could not import my links even when I finally did manage to create a CSV file (which was frustrating in itself). There is an option to pull links in from ODP (but dmoz/ ODP is gone) and Google. This feature had an error and did not work. So, I have now ruled out PHPLD.
I've tried other web directory software, even considered other premium (not free) software. But, so many are old and seldom updated or lacking any support at all. I did upload, install and try several but they all had errors. Some would not even install at all.
Now I'm looking at the idea of just creating pages of links. Not my preference, but, you have to work with the software (unless you know how to create your own, or can afford to pay someone to do it for you).
There are page builders. I looked at lots of them when I was still using WordPress. Joomla also has a large amount of them. But, I'm not sure which are page builders, template makers, page editors, or something else similar with a different name. They seem to meld together and use the same description even when they say they can work as add-ons to each other. It's confusing. I don't like being confused. I think of myself as being an experienced web publisher. But, I am confused.
Of course, none of them really have anything special for links. So, I can't say I'm eager to install any of them. It's a bit make-do at this stage.
Several things may be driving you crazy but, if links, text files and bookmarks are one of them, I have some help for you! (Little things help a lot, right?)
After spending a lot of time trying to import my old WordPress bookmarks into Joomla I found the best way was to create a text file with just the links, all code scraped out. Then create a new file with Notepad using the code I have cut and pasted in a screenshot below:
Cut and pasted the text also, because I've seen how easy images disappear, wander off and generally get lost. I want to remember how I finally got this far, no doubt I will need to do the same again with other links from my other sites moving from WordPress to Joomla.
If you feel confident with HTML, you can create a bookmark file from scratch in Notepad. Begin the document with <!DOCTYPE NETSCAPE-Bookmark-file-1>. Then, enter the title as <Title>Bookmarks</Title> and the header as <H1>Bookmarks</H1>. Then, begin a list with the <DL> tag. Each item of that list should be denoted by a <DT> tag. Then, describe the link via an <a> tag. For example, if you wished to create a bookmark link to http://www.google.com, your tags after <DL> would look like this: <DT><a href="http://www.google.com">Google</a>. Finish the file with a closing </DL> tag.
So, maybe this will help you, or you may just wonder why someone would do things this way and spend so much time on links few people will actually look at anyway.