41 thoughts on “The Seedy Underbelly of Writing

  1. mymindlessdrivel March 8, 2019 / 10:41 pm

    Well, it does sort of explain why so much of what is posted on the Internet is incoherent…

    Sorry you had such a terrible experience.

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    • Chelsea Owens March 8, 2019 / 11:55 pm

      That is precisely why. Millions of crap-producers copying from the same good source to steal a bite of the AdWords pie.


  2. johnlmalone March 9, 2019 / 12:10 am

    Wow! This is an eye opener. Pretty scary stuff. I know I would like to make money from my writing — I once did [ I’ve had five books published: educational titles] — but your experiences are a cautionary tale. I’m glad you’ve come out of it all right 🙂

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    • Chelsea Owens March 9, 2019 / 8:55 am

      Thank you, Jon. Yes, I feel that many people do not know about undercurrent issues. :/
      Maybe writing will just continue to go downhill.


  3. Bruce Goodman March 9, 2019 / 1:13 am

    A fantastic expose, Chelsea, and a warning to us all. Also, at the very least, Barsha could’ve said that your vacuum cleaner review sucked.

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  4. TanGental March 9, 2019 / 1:56 am

    What a strange old world we live in and what a beast we’ve created.

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  5. robertawrites235681907 March 9, 2019 / 2:34 am

    I have never tried to monetize writing like this Chelsea, but it sounds horrible. I will stick to writing my books.

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  6. Violet Lentz March 9, 2019 / 4:17 am

    What a mess! I had no idea it was such a jungle out there.. Thanks for the heads up.

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  7. GriffithsKL March 9, 2019 / 5:56 am

    Wow. This is shady. I got a wake up call. Sorry you had to go through that!

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    • Chelsea Owens March 9, 2019 / 9:08 am

      Me, too. I hope to encourage everyone to watch out, and to stick to a higher moral.

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  8. H.R.R. Gorman March 9, 2019 / 6:02 am

    This is such a weird event! I didn’t know this sort of thing happened. Still, it makes sense…

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  9. lensdailydiary March 9, 2019 / 10:39 am

    You’re too patient Chelsea. Sounds like you got involved in a complete scam from start to finish. You probably wrote the perfect piece that was used by the client but they did not want to give you credit for it. Live and learn and move on. Let it act as a lesson for all of us.

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    • Chelsea Owens March 9, 2019 / 11:12 am

      I figured it could be one of those ‘do it now, get better work later’ things. He may have intended a scam from the start, but I believe he just doesn’t understand the customer. He’s too literal. He even sent me a copy of his conversation with the customer, and the guy is complaining about something I didn’t even write.

      I just wash my hands of the whole thing.


  10. robstroud March 9, 2019 / 11:50 am

    Wow. Thanks for the firsthand account of what we all vaguely suspected. The only decent writing that appears in this genre of internet material… actually comes from genuine writers like yourself who are hoping to get a fair price for their labor. Then, often in short time, these genuine writers opt out of the morass. Only the unskilled remain, accounting for the fact that 98.6% of online copy is pitiful.

    I’m glad you freed yourself from the tar pit overseen by men like Barsha [a female name]. Thank you again for sharing your trial so others can avoid a similar disappointment.

    P.S. — I am confident you would even pass the English Level 2 exam!

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    • Chelsea Owens March 9, 2019 / 12:38 pm

      I agree with you. It’s sad, really. :/

      Funny about the name. I just searched for a common male name and that came up.

      😀 I have passed level 2 as well, and disagree with the 95% score.


  11. Michael B. Fishman March 9, 2019 / 2:49 pm

    Wow, what a wild story. I’d heard of Freelancer and I’ve often thought that that’s something I could do but I never have and now I’m happy that my laziness has kept me from the experiences you’ve had. I don’t understand renting accounts or why someone would want to do that. It’s like there’s a scammer and a scam around every corner. I’m glad you wrote to Freelancer to expose the fraud and thank you for the warning.

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    • Chelsea Owens March 9, 2019 / 3:09 pm

      You might get lucky, if you pay for all their tests and their accounts and don’t apply for too many jobs and keep your wits completely about you…

      Freelancer says they will look into the specific accounts I mentioned …that’s all they can do. :/


  12. Peregrine Arc March 9, 2019 / 7:17 pm

    Glad you’re safe. There are scary people out there. On a lighter note, I recommend going to YouTube and typing in James Veitch, spam adventures. You’ll thank me later. 😉

    I really have a high respect for classical literature. Stories that took time to shape, and were not cookie cutter, empty calorie filler. I also get frustrated by the refuse hanging out around there, getting awards for being a flash in the pan. I like deep substance, thinkers and intelligent humor. We should form our own club. T-shirts and everything. 😉😁

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    • Chelsea Owens March 9, 2019 / 8:10 pm

      Ooh! Thanks for the tip.

      The t-shirts are a good idea. Now if only I can get a legitimate writing gig to pay for them…

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    • Chelsea Owens March 10, 2019 / 1:17 am

      Charming like a three-headed snake who forgets which head is talking…

      You’ve got WAY more to go if you want to reach that level of annoyance..


  13. masercot March 10, 2019 / 10:33 am

    People used to be able to support themselves writing. That changed about the time I decided to start writing…

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  14. Mackenzie March 11, 2019 / 9:47 am

    Oh man, so sorry about this whole awful experience 😦 There is such an art to writing, and it almost feels like a personal invasion of values when you are cheated out of it I’m sure 😦 Thank you for bringing this to awareness though- I had no idea this all existed!!

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    • Chelsea Owens March 11, 2019 / 10:18 am

      Thanks. Yeah, I agree with you.

      And I wrote about it because I feel like so many people do not know; from the people innocently typing in searches to the writers who think words are sacred. :/

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      • Mackenzie March 11, 2019 / 11:54 pm

        Totally- I am definitely naive in nature, so this was especially beneficial for me to read… and like you said.. “words are sacred”… could not agree more ❤

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