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Carson Brackney has a very articulate post on his blog, Content Mills, Angela Hoy, Search Engines and the Quality of Online Writing.  He brings the point up, and I agree that those of us who write for “content mills” make some writers nervous and that is why they are so quick to criticize.  Check it out, he makes a lot of sense and has great style while doing it.

And yes, I do know that I mixed metaphors.

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I have been putting off this post for a while because I wasn’t really sure if I could address this in a civil manner. Much has been said on many blogs for and against Demand Studios. Some writers feel that by writing for them we are somehow cheapening the writing industry. Others feel, like I do, that Demand Studios gives writers a place to write about what they want, when they want and to get their work out there in public view.

One blog actually said in so many words that those of us who wrote for Demand Studios were too lazy to promote ourselves. On the contrary, I use my articles that get published to eHow.com through DS to do just that. When a prospective employer wants to see what I have had published, I can give them my link on eHow and they can go there and see my work.

I’m sure there are those who figure they can just go to DS and write anything they want and it will get published. No, you can’t. The editorial team at DS hold their writers accountable for unique content and reliable sources. I’ve had two articles rejected because I failed to cite the proper studies or couldn’t back up my claims in my articles. When I get an article returned for a rewrite, the editor gives me suggestions on how to make it better and what DS requires for the article to be published. It impresses me that the editors don’t just check for spelling and grammar mistakes, but actually take the time to go to your references and check the facts.

Demand Studios may have a reputation for a content mill, but spend a few months writing for them and you will find out that just isn’t true. It’s the same old saying, “don’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes”. Well, don’t judge me until you write for DS and actually know what you’re talking about.

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