Friday, January 22, 2010

Until Further Notice: Writers Strike Agaisnt eHow Until UK Resolves

The heart of any community is palpable by their passion.  For some of us, writing residual articles online is a necessity because of the economy.  Writing online can produce a potential lifetime of earning residual income if the situation is right.  I learned how to write online for money over at eHow, but I am also now learning that I have a voice.  I do not agree with them posting our articles on the UK website as fillers until they get themselves together, if that even ever happens. For a multimillion dollar company I am dumbstruck at their lack of organization.  Why I expected more I am not sure.

The arguements that have risen out the the forums on the eHow website are tender.  Behind a computer screen some folks are destructive and others will defend what they want to believe is the truth.  I do not want to see a community of writers split over a situation that was perpetrated by a corporation.  Last night, I was discussing the issue of going on strike.  We talked about the ways in which people try to make laborors feel like they should just work and stick it out, keep their mouth shut, and not assert their right to speak up.  I feel like a laboror who is striking because their company will not pay fair wages.  Yes, I did sign up for eHow knowing that I may never make a dime and without knowing what they actually pay out because they are not upfront about payment.  So what?  When did signing my name to something seal my lips to injustice?

I have virtually gone on strike against eHow because I will not be writing anymore articles there until the publishing situation with the UK is resolved.  I have my reasons.  Some eHow writers say, "if you don't like it here then leave" as if that ever solved a thing.  That is a negative solution to the problem.  There are plenty of writers ready to take my spot, but worse than that are those who do not care that they write for a company that bends their vertebrate into dollar bills.  Leaving a company is good in some situations.  In this one, I think it is an easier cop-out just to say to someone, "shut up and leave". 

I read a forum post that insinuated  that the writers "striking" against eHow by not writing are doing it to cut their competition.  This is the most ridiculous thing I have heard (and I am not even sure what it means).  Okay, not the most ridiculous, but damn close.  Why would that even make sense to someone?  I have been searching through the posts trying to find the person's response because I just cannot understand why or how someone could taint others in the fashion.  The thread was was probably deleted as per the usual way eHow runs on certain matters.  If it's not deleted I apologize for the insinuation.

Perhaps we all cannot take this stance.  I actually understand that some people cannot afford to stop writing for a couple of weeks to assemble, to write letters to eHow demanding that their articles are removed.  But, it is the people who claim that the character of others who are doing this is anything but integrity with whom I have a problem.  I am speaking up to an institution to make it a better organization for all writers. 

It has been almost 2 weeks now and nothing has been done about the UK site.  Our articles still automatically post to the UK.  I do not believe that they have no control or that it should take this long. 


Tammy Frost said...

My earnings have increased and I feel bad that people are affected so much by the uk website. I hope everything works out for the best for everyone.

JP said...


So glad to hear about your earnings! They do indeed pay.

I believe everyone has been affected by the UK mirror site, but some have been nearly devastated. I wish I knew why the earnings disparity among members.

Thanks for the comment.

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