Marshall Kilpatrick is co-editor of ReadWriteWeb, but he didn’t get there through “traditional” means.
In fact, he says, he started five years ago working in the trenches of AOL’s Weblogs Inc, writing five articles per day for $5 each. “It was grueling, that was just one of 3 jobs I had at the time – and it was great.”
He says that because he was good, hardworking, and smart (he started getting RSS feeds via SMS and IM before most tech journalists did), he moved from Weblogs when he got a job offer from TechCrunch.
Now he is co-editor of ReadWriteWeb, where the pay is better but the emphasis on quantity and speed is the same. So that makes content farm experience valuable in the “major leagues,” he thinks.
“Where are the tech bloggers who have toiled for too little pay, pumped out large quantities of content and proven themselves to have potential to work on a different level?” asks Kilpatrick. “The executives behind such outfits, publishing on mass scale, are inevitably going to treat writers and readers like worthless pawns in a chess game worth billions of dollars. It would be a mistake to expect them to do anything else.
“But some of those people will demonstrate that they aren’t just pawns, that they are writers, journalists and power-bloggers…hopefully we’ll find them before our competitors do.”
And, Kilpatrick says, “We’ve got a full time news spot open right now and I’m having a hard time filling it.” So, ex-content farm power-bloggers…this one’s for you.