I wouldn't necessarily recommend a plain website if you're trying to go places with your writing, but here's where you can get one for free. Tumblr is a much better platform for gaining exposure. Pieces of writing can quickly pick up speed and shares on Tumblr, where a website must be linked out from one's Twitter or other social properties. Then, as it's reshared, people can't read it on their dashboard (as they could if it were on Tumblr). Instead, they need to click into then click out of your website.
6 months ago
Tiny little 'stopping' actions like these, aggregated, represent, for your potential audience, massive amounts of time and friction that you could otherwise avoid by hosting your content in a more community-centric platform.
This person had a double mastectomy, and started a blog about it. I found it one day and reached out to her and asked her if I could syndicate from her blog, which is awesomely written. Here's a touching piece from her blog, that we syndicated, that received a great response.
We receive over 1k submissions a month. We look at every single one. Many of our writers have come from relationships developed first via this form. Some have gone on to get book deals. The point: if you want to make money writing, hustle, and submit your work places, and try to foster relationships with the people who choose your work.
James Altucher, writer, investor, entrepreneur, public speaker, and author of many books, built this blog from the ground up by industriously writing on it on a daily basis. Now we syndicate his posts on Thought Catalog, to great response from our audience.
The most important part of this image, in my view (whether it's scientifically valid or not -- I honestly don't know), is the bit about cliches, and why you shouldn't use them. My personal experience is that this is 100% true, and I apply it, even, not just to writing on a sentence-level, but on a thematic level as well. By now, everyone is used to consuming content in list format.
6 months ago
I think incessant listing of things becomes its own cliche, in a sense, in that, when you're writing them all the time, your audience literally begins to perceive less of them.