Or: Reviewing sites bent on narrowing the internet’s information gap
I’ve found (without looking) several sites somewhat similar to each other, so I thought I’d group them together, put them side by site to look at them more closely.
After reading the FAQ and one “Field Report,” I signed up and began reviewing other Field Reports. The content I’ve read is quite inspirational and heartwarming. A good inspiring introduction to the site is the video on the front page, an interview with Murr Brewster, who won $22,000 while the site was in beta.
I like that you’re not giving up your copyright on this site (instead, when you submit a piece, you grant the site a limited license). I’m not sure much of my blog content would qualify here. Do book reviews count, if they’re mostly of a personal impression nature? The site allows you to submit a piece previously published on a blog, but it seems, based on the tiny bit of content I’ve read, that original content would be more likely to win; I read a few blogs that might fit the style with their blog content, though.
I don’t know how I feel about the fact that you can never remove your content once it’s been added; I’m a bit leery of that.
Content is intended to be personal, real, accounts. Not fiction. The best submissions will be awarded with cash prizes.
My husband has actually been trying to get me to join Ground Report for a while now. Ground Report is news-focused. Your submissions earn you money based on traffic to your pieces. He likes that he can copy and paste the html from his blog post directly into the Ground Report field, with no hassle.
At Ground Report, the writer retains all rights to his work. They let you choose which Creative Commons license you’d like to apply to your piece. You can delete your article if you want to.
I actually signed up for Qassia as soon as I heard about it (mid-February). I submitted a few pieces, reviewed several, and that was that. The money talked about on Qassia isn’t real money — it’s Qassia dollars, which aren’t worth much. This site
penalizes doesn’t as much reward the user nearly as much for “Intel” that’s been published for on her blog — you don’t get nearly as much credit for re-posting as you do for giving them new content. Traffic at Qassia today is dramatically slower than it was when I signed up six-plus months ago (it was in beta then).
Looking at it now, it seems to be more about links than about intel, information, or even writing. If you do attempt to add content from your blog, you’ll have to redo all your links and coding; this site doesn’t allow standard html.
One more thing I found quite annoying about Qassia: It didn’t believe that I read as fast as I read. It sometimes thought I was just making up me reviews, rather than reading the content, when I (of course) did actually read the content.