Yesterday, I received an email direct to my WordPress email from an organisation that calls itself ‘My Trending Stories’. Having a quick look on their website, it seems that they collect posts from various people on various subjects.
The email drops a few flattering phrases into the body, such as “…and strongly admire the content. Your writing abilities and ability to engage readers is remarkable and a very rare asset…” and “…strongly believe that your writing aligns with our core value…” and concludes with “…we only allow a certain amount of writers on the website in order to provide mentorship and personal growth…”. Now, this all sounds very interesting and promising, but is there a catch? I emailed them back for more details, and the reply was very much of the same. It appears that I would have to post regularly eg two or three times a week and can even repost work I have posted on my blog at WordPress.
I did a little Googling around, and I understand that a number of people are among the ‘certain amount of writers’ that this site is attempting to attract. I have to say, that I am a little intrigued, even interested, but I have doubts. Nothing I can put my finger on, but I’m a bit uncertain. Maybe it’s the commitment or maybe it’s the excessive flattery that worries me, I don’t know.
I would be interested to know if any of my followers/readers have had the same email or any experience of this site.
Now for the “Rant of The Day.” I’m not the biggest fan of tennis. In fact, I’m not really a sports fan at all. But K*** like to watch Wimbledon, especially when it’s Andy Murray. So the point of my rant today is how it is shown on television. The BBC covers all the big matches, but they seem to like to mess around with the channels. Tonight, Mr Murray’s match was on BBC 1 until around 6pm when it was moved to BBC 2, to allow for the news. It then flipped back to BBC1. Why? Why could they not re-arrange the schedules and put the tennis on BBC 2 and BBC 3? It’s not as if they haven’t done it before. I have an idea, that it is to stop people from ‘live pausing’ the matches. That is all well and good and some of us can remember the days before live pausing, but it is a feature that a lot of people have and we should be able to use it. Come on BBC, get your act together.
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I got the same email with exactly the same sentences! I also had a weird feeling about it since their blog didn’t seem THAT professional and after your post, decided to leave it. But it would be interesting to see what your experience is when you accept their offer 🙂
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Hi. I am still undecided about signing up to this. My blog/writing is not earth shattering by any means. So I’m going to wait and see for a while.
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I got it too and had the same reaction as Monika. In any case, Google isn’t supposed to like duplicate content, which would mean writing new/original content. I just don’t spend enough time writing at the moment to support more than one blog.
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I hadn’t thought of the Google issue, but a good point. The more I think about, the more I’m leaning to reject the idea.