The Tribute

In honor of the good hearted. Those who’ve always thought to do right in a world of yes-men and women. Those whose eyes have opened wide and wider than before. The spirited folk who withhold conjectures and heavily armor their senses with skepticism in a world where simply thinking is believing and mere assumptions are truth.

To the people who make strides in their community. The givers of all and receivers of none. To the fool who believes that civility can win. The persons who move towards a better world through action—the wise individual who knows that it begins with them.

To the child who thinks boldly but not taken seriously—

This is for people who don’t blindly follow the ‘shepherd.’ Embrace your individuality because being unique, truly unique, is blessing.

©Kyanna Kitt

Birds

I wonder whether birds fly objectively. When they flap their wings, and charge their path, if they’re moving knowingly. Even when the wind is rough and sun won’t shine and still they fly and fly and fly.

When they glide through and through relentless squalls and still—I’ve become curious about their sweet candor. Daunted by forces beyond their will and still they fly. And they fly like they flew and have flown and always will.

© Kyanna Kitt

Letting Bygones Be Gone

 

For the longest time I beat myself up over what I would call my inability to keep friends. I would blame myself for friends not being there. Each and every time someone would cross me I would search for the reasons why I deserved to put last. I am on a journey to achieving balance and of all of the things that I am up against, holding myself accountable for the actions of others is one of my biggest faults.

I had a friend who I thought I had a really good relationship with this person would find all of the time in the world for guys but when it came to us hanging out and doing things that girlfriends do there was suddenly always a conflict of interest. Eventually we stopped talking and naturally I blamed myself for the relationship failing even though I reached out to the individual multiple times. I’ve never had ill feelings towards this person. There was never any animosity, jealousy or bitterness on my part. We were supposed to be best friends but when one half of a relationship up and leaves what can you do? How do you process that information?

Being positive isn’t about being perfect or transforming into this creature that has no emotional response to the world around us, in fact, that is what makes us human. Our responses and judgement take more than just affirmations and wishful thinking to tame. Learning to be positive is also taking hurtful situations and learning to turn them into something beneficial.

Maybe you’ve learned something about yourself that you can take away from the situation to use elevate you to higher places in life. Maybe you’ve learned to be a better communicator and to be assertive about your expectations. Maybe you’ve learned that you don’t do well in certain situations—perhaps you’ve even learned how to maneuver through those situations in a way that makes life easier. Letting bygones be gone is accepting that what has happened can’t be changed and while anticipating the future is helpful for a handful of people living in the present is best.

XOXOX

Kyanna K.

On Love & Being Thyself

Every time holiday season rolls around people rush to pair up for the winter festivities only to break up just in time for Easter Sunday. We have to be honest with ourselves. Anyone who is plugged into media whether it be Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook or even the news is being bombarded with photos of couples getting engaged or posting up at holiday dinners or parties looking glam or kissing and hugging up on each other while we are sitting solo at home. Let’s get real, the couples kind of start to get to your head.

The problem with this ‘power couple’ issue and wanting so desperately to be in love is that most people don’t even know what love is or associate it with things that have less to do with love and more to do with superficial. Throwing on a tight dress, a bunch of makeup, getting a manicure and taking a picture with a man who has a lot of followers on Instagram is a publicity stunt. Using someone for the bedroom and being gone every other moment in their life isn’t love either. So stop and think about what you are really wishing for. The problem with social media is that it is easy to receive the image of two smiling people but difficult to decipher whether or not they are really happy when the cameras aren’t rolling.

Being yourself can take you far but is only so much of the equation. In the age of social media, you are only as good as the amount of likes and followers you have. You can be the sweetest, truest person on this planet and be single for the rest of your life because unfortunately you chose to be real and in a world of immature phonies you simple don’t belong. On the other hand, you simply can’t expect someone to love you when you don’t love yourself and even when you do folks will still try you so be prepared at all times.

I am a person who believes that all people should be loved and respected but through the years and even recently through interactions with different people of many different walks of life I am constantly shown that people ultimately care about self-gain rather than goodness. If they cannot step on your back, they don’t want to socialize with you.

xoxo

Kyanna K.

10 Reasons Writers Shouldn’t Use Content Mills

As a writer, I know that money can be tight. I know what it’s like to not have money to pay the bills. I myself am a student with many health issues who is already in a lot of debt as a 26 year old woman. This can be disheartening but you’re a writer. You suck it up and roll up your sleeves and search for work.

The problem with our searches is that they lead us into the world of content mills. I didn’t feel this way as a beginner because things were different a few years ago—you could earn a cool thousand or so dollars each month. Such is not the case in today’s content mill economy. In fact, the exact opposite.

I have my own personal beliefs as to why this has happened but that is a post for another time. Here are the top 10 reasons you shouldn’t sign up to write for a content mill.

 

  1. They nickel and dime you.

Content mills don’t really care about their workers—in this case, you the writer. If you’ve been in the freelance writing game for a while you know that you will have to pay taxes on top of paying your special victim tariff before you even get your cut. It’s a funny thing considering that you’re the reason why the owners of these companies are millionaires and why people keep coming back for more and they don’t even have the human decency to pay a fair amount of money.

  1. They aren’t worried about your growth.

They could not care less if you make it or don’t. You can literally work until your fingers hurt and your brain is exhausted. Sleepless nights and vigilant editing don’t matter to these folks at all. They know people join content mills by the hundreds each and every day and are willing to work pennies on the dollar—again, a different post for a different day.

  1. They don’t care about scammers.

Everyone who has done work at a content mill has come across a scammer or even worse, has realized that content mills themselves are scams. This particular problem is a huge one that is driving legit writers like you and I away from these problematic websites. I myself have been targeted by scammers multiple times and each and every time I report then the content mill takes no action against them but are quick to blame me for not attempting to ‘work with’ the client.

  1. Many do not protect your portfolio.

I have had my work stolen from the portfolio space provided at certain website platforms. I’ve since become leery about giving out samples of my work or sending my portfolio over to prospects. Again, content mills don’t care as long as they are getting paid. They sit back and chuckle while you scratch your head wondering how some website overseas obtained your work.

  1. They do not screen writers or buyers very well.

Again, these places don’t give a damn whether or not you get money or build your portfolio. They’re just in it for the check they’re guaranteed at the end of the day. You never know what kind of screw up you will be working for (or who might be working for you). This is very unfortunate considering that I’ve met many long term clients through content mills who I’ve held on to through the years. However, things are not the same as they used to be.

  1. They don’t work well for long term funds.

If you love pinching pennies this is the route for you. These companies suck at actually providing a stable flow of work. This is likely due to scammers and an inability to screen or filter job posts. Many of the sites are spammy which is a real turn-off for buyers and writers alike.

  1. They don’t pay well.

If you like your payment in Indian money content mills are the place for you. The people offering work want you to spend two hours of your time for $2.70 after tax and deductions (this is what writers have to deal with).  Imagine an eight hour day where you are barely breaking $12 for all of your hard work.

  1. They have zero benefits.

This is a no-brainer. These places aren’t giving you anything in return and take most of your profit. You are better off going to professional blogging boards in search of a gig that can actually become a long-term position than the random mess that is ‘freelancing’ online.

  1. The odd lawsuit.

Many content mills (and similar websites) will allow you to write for clients and even approve your work and then turn around and slap you with a lawsuit claiming that you’ve broken some part of the contract. This sounds farfetched but it isn’t. Never mind the fact that they proudly accepted payment for your work. Never mind the fact that they approved your project information. Like I said before, these companies only care about money and will do anything in their power to get it from you.

  1. They capitalize off of people using and degrading you at their will.

Do you have a fake review on your profile? Guess what? The company isn’t going to do anything about it even if their ‘investigation’ concludes that the reviewer left poor comments out of vengeance or malice.

 

Welp folks, that’s all she wrote. Expect posts on great places to obtain writing jobs that pay and more in the coming weeks. Until next time!

 

Kyanna