So…….I’m going to complain. I really don’t like complaining this blatantly on my blog, but I do it rarely, so I’m giving myself a break.
My latest WC list is up. Please take a look: http://whatculture.com/film/20-lesser-known-facts-surrounding-making-star-wars.php
I spent a long time on this list. Too long. It’s been in the process for probably 2 months and I wanted to make sure every single fact was picked for their juicy flavor. Even though I’m sure some people knew these facts, I didn’t want to just throw something together that everyone knew. There had to be enough in there that you wanted to keep going until the very end. After writing it, I painstakingly went through it for spelling errors, and reworked everything to the point where I thought the countdown was appropriate, and other Star Wars fans would enjoy reading it.
In these past few months that I have been working on it, WC has changed around a few of their procedures. For instance, you can now get paid for your articles/lists. Woo. Okay, it’s not much at all and your payment is completely generated by how many views you have and not by the quality of your work. The more views you have, the more money you get paid. (Right now, looking at my views, I will probably get around $8-$9 LOL)
With the fact that you can now get paid, they also give you extensive feedback on your articles and you get rated on this feedback. Makes sense. If they are going to start paying you, they want to feel like it’s worth it to be on their page. I like feedback, I really do. I have always taken feedback on my stories, essays, etc., just fine.
However, when I got the feedback on this list, I was told to cut my words down by 70%. I was a little surprised, especially as my last two lists had the same amount of words for each point. They said people are not going to keep clicking through a list that has too many words and I was going to lose viewers….which is confusing because in their rules they say that each point has to have a minimum of 100 words. So they were telling me to cut down my points to 90-100 words each.
So I did what they said. I cut it back. They are the editors, after all. In the beginning of editing, I did realize that I gave too much information. There were some points where I proved every fact threefold with examples and it was not needed. This is a list on a pop culture page, not my blog, and an average fan isn’t interested in every single actor who played different parts within the movie. I did the best that I could when cutting out information and words, but there was a point where I had to stop because I was losing information that was essential to it.
I resubmitted it and voila, they published it. But when they published it, even more was different. Some of the photos I had chosen were changed; more of the writing had been cut.
I started wandering around different Star Wars articles on their page and I realized that the shorter the list (between 5-10 points), the longer you can go in depth. But…But…why? Are people’s attention spans really that short? I’m making it sound like each point of mine had about 500 words, which is NOT true at all. I had about 150-200 per point; enough (I think) to make you feel like you got a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, instead of a slice of bread.
I just don’t know how I feel about this. I’m trying to write an article that has some substance to it and that makes fans of Star Wars feel like they are reading something interesting and/or new.
But reading through it now, I feel like there is nothing left. Is this really the article I wrote? It lacks the Star Wars depth and information that I love to write about. And aren’t you supposed to be happier after all the edits are done because you feel like it made your work stronger?
Anyway, this experience kind of left me feeling down and like my work is not taken seriously. I was debating if I should post this, but it’s not like I even get enough traffic from WC to this blog for it to really matter.
Do you guys think the article is okay? Or do you agree that there is not a lot of depth to it and you want more? Or is this all in my head? Should I be letting this roll off my shoulders more, since this is a pop culture page, not a Star Wars page?