About a year ago I was gainfully employed by Mr Chris Bradley to write some stuff on his Publicate website. He offered me a price per article and I liked the idea of being paid to write stuff, this is something most freelance writers prefer to being offered money and then being told their work isn’t good enough or my favorite; that there were too many applicants and they’re going to make a contest of this job meaning you must run through rings of fire, remove a live dragons tooth while writing something that’d make Shakespeare blush whilst escaping the dragons jaw unscathed before they’ll consider paying you. Not that I don’t mind slaying dragons but that wasn’t the job I applied for. Besides, are you going to buy me a new dragonslayer lance? No? I’m supposed to use my own for your poxy £5, you know these freelance sites aren’t cheap to use for freelancers?
Anyway, Mr Bradley was a charming young man, he came to my house and showed me the lovely Publicate beta system and explained to me how it was going to revolutionise the way people use the internet, that he and his buddies had put it together in their last year of university and were preparing to unleash it upon an unsuspecting world. I thought, well, you’re not asking me to slay dragons? Just write, yeah?
The one thing was Publicate needed at that time was content to show its true capability and I was invited to create numerous accounts to bulk up the content of publicate so I re-wrote some articles I had an interest in and uploaded them. Chris was lovely enough to not send back the cup of tea I made him (extra strong) and to pay me for all the work I did on the project without any fussing around most freelancers are subject to come payday. What a lovely chap.
We parted ways after a while, Chris was happy with the work I’d done for him and I’d enjoyed playing with the beta and alpha build of the site; It’s very shiny and seems like an interesting creative space. Being honest I don’t completely understand it but it’s shiny and well-presented and from what I get from young folk I’ve spoken to since that restraining order lapsed; shiny things are where it’s at right now, look at Apple, they’ve been churning out the same product for nearly 10 years now and it’s selling so well simply because it’s shinier than the competition.
Given its still going a year later I’ve no doubt it’ll do well. Thing is nearly a year since my meeting with Chris Bradley (who was a very lovely guy, the kind of guy I wouldn’t mind my teenage daughter introducing me to, if I had a teenage daughter, and he was a few years younger, bad simile; the point is I liked him) I’ve been receiving emails from Publicate “YOU ARE BEING FOLLOWED BY SOMEONE ON PUBLICATE”, here’s the thing, I’m not ON Publicate anymore. That some folk saw and liked my stuff on there is flattering and that they chose to follow my articles on there might be disappointed to find I’m not writing stuff there but here so if you want to follow my stuff 1. Thanks very much, 2, I’m here or on twitter as @MrJimBentley but I don’t do Publicate.
You might look over my previous entries here and thing “Christ, he doesn’t do much here either” and up till now you’d be right, however I am resurrecting this blog from the ashes of old entries into something new and wonderful. Say howdy in the comments and if someone could explain Publicate to me in a way a grumpy 35 year old guy would understand, I’d appreciate it.