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Writing for the Web

By LEONARD MCGAVIN
Published: October 28, 2008

The web is the perfect platform for the written word. Writing for the Web can be done for reward or pleasure and there is a platform to suit everyone. From blogs on blogger to tweets on Twitter to full journalistic reporting on news sites or sites like NowPublic. There are lots of platforms out and it can be daunting to find one that suites.

Blogger + LiveJournal:

Blogs can be found on lots of different sites and you can even set up your own under your own domain name (if you are feeling technical). However, when people think 'blogs', Blogger and LiveJournal aren't far from there minds. They're free to sign up and simple to use.

TypePad:

TypePad was a blog site before the term blog was common place. The main difference between TypePad and other sites now days is that you still need to pay a monthly fee to use the service. People still use it because it can be hard to jump ship and move your work. Jumping off means you can risk loosing a lot of the regular visitors and attention from the search engines.

Wikipedia + Knol:

Wikipedia + Knol are both open platforms attempting to collect the words of experts imparting what they know. Wikipedia is focused on collaboration where as Knol offers different levels of authorship to suit different purposes. Knol also offer an optional revenue sharing system.

Writing Incentive Sites:

There are a number of writing sites that offer writing incentives. As a shameless plug, I'll mention that Flickspin is one of these sites. Apart from the potential revenue, "incentive sites" tend to offer supportive communities, and higher traffic level as opposed to writing a stand alone blog. They also help to boost your profile as a professional writer. Once you get into the swing of things you can also find a number of perks coming your way. Whether it's ticket to a gig or merchandise to review.

Writing for the web can be fun and rewarding. The most important thing is to just get out there and write something! Give something a go. Find what it is you like and develop a readership base and discover feedback that you could never experience in any other medium.

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