Why I wouldn’t write for the New York Times

I was texting with an acquaintance when they shared an article from the NYT. They told me it reminded them of how I blogged. I asked in what sense. They said with the first person point of view and emotion and thoughtfulness. I thanked them. In turn they replied, You could write for the New York Times! I quipped back, I’d rather not.

There’s nothing wrong with being a writer. There is nothing wrong with contributing to the NYT or any other online or printed conglomerate. And even if I thought there were, it wouldn’t matter.

There are two parts to my quip — I’d rather not.

The first part is I write nothing like that writer. Her thoughts were well-formed, her piece constructed logically and sensical.

But…

The article was dry. And it was boring. That’s just my opinion obviously, my friend seemed to have enjoyed it.

The second part is — bear with me as this is going to be childish — I hate when people tell me what to do in either what career I should pursue or how to handle some aspect of my life. Keywords? My life.

Technically what was said was, “You could,” but that phrase is subtle. Sounds light-hearted and simply suggestive. But I heard, because of my opinion on the article, if they can write this dribble and get paid, you could too!

Writing to get paid is a tough gig. And I highly respect ALL writers who are able to do so even if I don’t care for what they put out. Writing is fucking difficult simply put. And it’s sad that the majority of the non-writing population is ignorant to that.

Last year HuffPo was fucking fed to the wolves for not paying its writers. A lot of bloggers, writers, authors, novelists, essayists, people of putting words together like a fucking art went in uproar. I just tried to research¬†Google the outcome and all I can find are pages of reactions to that information from last year. So, I don’t know what came of it and if the thing blew over and the contributors to HuffPo settled on being paid in exposure.

I’d rather not.

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