I follow various writing communities on Twitter, mostly for the tips and tidbits on writing, networking, and publishing. I find it interesting to read articles and quotes that draws perspectives from many other writers, editors, and publishers. One specific company-slash-group is an account called Writer’s Digest that reminded me of a less user-friendly version of Jon Winokur’s @AdviceToWriters. They had quotes, articles. One particularly tweet interested me– something about blogging and networking. I clicked on it.
Apparently Writer’s Digest has an “online university” where you can take various classes on how to blog correctly for nearly $200 a course.
Ridiculous, no other explanation. It’s absolutely ridiculous. I mean, I can understand freelance writing classes– those can be expensive. (I can easily recall one author’s personalized writing workshops that were pricey, but understandably so). But this Writer’s Digest University… I don’t know if I would call it a scam. Rip-off? Yes, definitely.
I did a brief browsing through their “course list”. “How to Build Your Blog Boot Camp” lasts three days for $199. Then, “28 days to Your First WordPress Site” lasts 28 days for the same price. Definitely a rip off. I mean, using WordPress doesn’t take a particular know-how. And WordPress provides countless tutorials, and the interface is very friendly. Hello– speaking from experience. This is my first WordPress site. I’ve had it a little over a month. No problem. Blogging? So long as you hold an air of professionalism, blogging is easy. Networking’s more difficult, but you can EASILY find FREE articles that give you pointers on how to do that. You don’t need to pay two hundred bucks for common sense. It’s a rip off and it angers me beyond words.
If you’re a writer getting out, new, starting out, be careful. Don’t waste your time with that sort of thing.