For most of my freelance and professional career I’ve done offline writing. Technical manuals, online help systems, training classes, marketing copy, newsletters … these things have been my bread and butter.
Lately, however, I’ve been creating a lot of online materials. Looking around the web, I think that I’m not alone. Yet, in my experience, most online projects pay less than most offline projects. In fact, an online project can pay up to 50% less than an offline project that requires the same or similar effort.
If my experience is typical, why are some many writers moving online?
Of course I can’t speak for every writer, but I think some of the following may answer that question:
- The thrill of learning something new (such as HTML or blogging)
- The seduction of instant online publication at the click of a button
- The feeling that online writing is the future and offline writing is the past
- Every writer’s doing it, so every writer needs an online presence
I’m not disagreeing with any of the above statements, but I wonder if they represent the whole picture.
What is your experience? Am I right? Does offline writing generally pay more? Which type of writing do you do, and why? If you write online, what are your reasons?
Edited to add: Here is a link to my post with offline writing job suggestions.
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