As most of you who have been reading this blog for a while know one of my favorite sites to write was BrightHub. That was until nearly two years ago when they suddenly announced they were ending their submission process and even worse, they were ending their revenue sharing program as well. I was very supportive of their initial changes of increasing word counts to 750 words (although skeptical) and I was even understanding about their total lack of warning about dropping writers from the program and stopping revenue share without very much warning: But, they have now gone too far.
What happened so fast?
Well, I normally take the time to log into my profile at BrightHub every now and again and just browse around the site to see what’s going on. This time though I was met with some information that made me very unhappy. Now it’s important to keep in mind that as a full-time writer, I depend very much on my reputation. It is very important to me that work that is associated with my name is MY WRITING and not edited to a point where what I originally put into the article is no longer valid or accurate. So here’s where my problem comes in:
A) Massive headline changes – It really irks me when someone changes headlines I put into an article that I wrote. If these changes are made for SEO purposes that’s all well and good but when they become deceptive, I do NOT appreciate it
B) When “some random person without a real name” makes a comment and someone changes the content of the article without reading it in context because of that person I get FURIOUS. I am very cautious about information I put into articles – always and I have NEVER failed a fact check EVER
C) Suddenly reports are no longer available – Bright Hub has made “hit reports” available to writers in spite of the fact they are no longer paying revenue share. In spite of the fact I wasn’t making revenue share I was consistently promoting the work I had submitted there. In fact, stats from my SocialOomph account show that with 259 links to BrightHub that I have generated over 11,000 hits. Now in the scheme of things this might not be a big deal but that’s about to drop to a big fat zero!
BrightHub promised to contact writers who they felt could contribute to the site for potential future assignments. In spite of my history there, I found there are numerous writers in the channels I contributed to who have had brand new accounts opened since December of 2011 that are contributing on a fairly regular basis. That’s a shame because people like me who contributed work that needed very little editing are now left out in the cold AND our work is being changed by people who do not have the same writing style. Well, BrightHub, not only have you forced me to remove my name from my work, you have now earned the major thumbs down award from me. It’s too bad because I felt I could empathize with a site that got hit so badly with Panda but you’ve turned me off for good. I do not want my name associated with articles that are only PARTIALLY mine.