The CopyPress Community has had quite a year.
With a series of changes and a constant flow of growing and shrinking pains, our Community looks totally different than it did at the beginning of last year.
But change is a good thing.
A few months ago, we launched the site CopyPress Community – giving birth to a new online outlet for our writers to train, learn, and grow. The response has been great and our community is growing daily.
While we have doubled the number of people in our community as many are seeing the potential in our new process of training and education – we still have some skeptics who don’t quite understand the path we are carving.
To fully understand why CopyPress and I feel so strongly about our new process of educating and training, I’d like to share a bit of my back story on how I found my way to online writing. This will help explain why we are so passionate about this new direction of the writing industry.
Even as a kid, I knew I wanted to be in the writing industry. So I followed the path I thought was proper. I was the editor of my high school newspaper. I wrote in my free time. I majored in writing at my university. But there was one thing I did not foresee in my future… the possibility of there being no writing industry left by the time I got there.
The Death of Traditional Writing & The Birth of Online Writing
I graduated just months before the worst part of the recession and right in the middle of the decline of the print industry. As all of the magazines and newspapers around me were closing their doors, I was desperate to join the writing industry but was struggling to find even one opportunity to get into the quickly shrinking field.
So when I heard about the new industry of online writing, I felt I had found a gold mine. After seeing the postings for “Writing Jobs,” “Writers Wanted,” and “Get Paid to Write,” I was ready to cry out for joy. But my bubble was quickly burst.
$5 for 500 words? You have got to be kidding me.
The fact that there were people out there willing to write for that crushed me even more. How was I ever going to expect to get paid a fair wage to write when the market said $.01/word was enough?
I wasn’t just frustrated with the low pay of online writing. I was also incredibly discouraged by the low quality standards that was were associated with this type of “writing.” I cursed online writing and saw it as nothing but another dagger in my hopes of a career in professional writing.
Annoyed, irritated, confused. I almost completely gave up on the writing industry.
But then it occurred to me that I didn’t have to quit because I couldn’t find jobs in print or worthy assignments online. I could combine the two on my own. I started a blog where I published magazine-quality content online, got to know the high-end blogging industry, and started to discover a new world of writing that I didn’t previously know existed.
It was around this time that I found CopyPress. Another online writing company. I was skeptical at first. But when CopyPress explained that the type of content I was creating had a name, sharebait – high level blog content that readers love — I knew I was in the right place.
Real Writing Returns to the World
When I found CopyPress, they had recently changed their mission and vision for their content production. They didn’t want to be just another content development company, they wanted to be the quality content development company.
No more $5 for 500 words-for-the-sake-of-words crap. CopyPress was ready to start a movement calling for the return of quality writing and the revival of writing as creative craft.
I became a believer and joined the forces… knowing it wouldn’t be easy.
Trying to initiate a movement is hard.
Trying to convince an online world of consumers that they should start paying up to 5 times more than what they were originally paying is hard.
And trying to convince a community of writers that what they have been doing for the past few years is wrong is hard.
Even with the proof that search engines and readers want the change and that quality consumer engagement and content provide better returns on investment, it has been hard to get everyone on board.
But we made a major stride in the right direction with the launch of CopyPress Community. This site that we call “Fuel for the Content Revolution” is here to tell the online world that we are ready to return to real writing.
So Why Am I Telling You All of This?
The writing industry changed on me. From print to digital, from craft to crap, and back again – it probably changed on you too.
For us writers, it has been hard to keep up with the changes and keep our careers moving in the right direction. But that doesn’t have to be the case anymore.
It is the mission of CopyPress Community to help writers who want to create careers writing online. We plan on doing that through education that will help our writers continue to improve their skills and training that will empower our community to be successful at all aspects of their writing careers.
The new standard of quality for online writing is rising, and CopyPress Community plans to help our writers keep up with the curve. Over the next year, we will offer more training, writer profiles, writer portfolios, freelancer assistance, and more, higher paying assignments in effort to build a community of professional writers.
The content revolution may not be for everyone. But it is for everyone who ever wanted to be a writer – a real writer who takes pride in their work, who is constantly working to improve, and who loves what they do.
I’m in. Are you?