Why I Wrote for Examiner.com

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright May 2016.While my main goal is to be earning a full living from my writing at some point, money is not the only reason I write. I also write to help others. By getting information out to people who may need it, I feel like I’m contributing to a greater good.

I had three channels with regular readers, but these channels did not really earn a lot of money. Not enough to live off, any way. It was only a revenue share site. The three channels weren’t meant to earn much, because they were meant to help. They were: Bangor Easy Meals, Bangor Frugal Living, and Bangor Single Mom. They aren’t only for readers in the Bangor area, people in different countries read them. You can too, but only for a limited time.

Examiner.com emailed their writers at the beginning of the month to let them know the site will be closing on or around July 10, 2016.

So I’m doing a few things:

  1. I’ve already went through my documents and the site to be sure I have a copy of each article.
  2. I’m deciding which articles, after some editing and adding to, I might be able to use on Frugal Recipes: Spending Less to Eat Healthy or Frugal Is Fabulous! These are my blogs.
  3. And I’m deciding how I might reuse other content, also after updating and editing. Maybe an eCookBook, an eBook for single moms, and some eBooklets or mini eGuides.
  4. I’m also considering starting a new blog for single moms. Or single parenting in general.

There’s plenty of material to do any and all of these things. I’ve had two of the channels since 2011, and the other since 2009. I’m going to miss writing them, but times are changing. It’s time to do some new things with all that information, after updating each.

This has added a little extra work on my part, but I think everything will work itself out in the end. While it was nice getting paid some here and there, I never counted on that money for anything important. It was not a reliable source of income each month. No set amount for payments.

Reclaiming my articles, and re-purposing their content, will allow me more freedom with any writing projects I use them for in the future. Freedom to do what I want, write what I want, is a huge plus.

While writing for those channels was fun, I’m looking forward to other things now.

If you wrote for Examiner.com, make sure you have copies of everything so you, too, might do something bigger and better with the content.

Happy writing!

Shannon L. Buck

About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.