Helium.com was the very first writing website that I contributed to. I’m certain I was writing for Helium in 2006, but it may actually have been 2005. The main reason why I wanted to write for Helium was because it paid its writers. That seemed like it had more possibilities than LiveJournal (which I was, at the time, using to post my book reviews).
On December 15, 2014, Helium.com will close forever. Writers were giving plenty of warning about this. I think it was around June of 2014 that all writers were informed about Helium’s upcoming closure. We were given the opportunity to take our writing that had been posted to Helium and find new homes for it. A tiny fraction of what I wrote for Helium has been re-homed here at No Market Collective. The majority of it, though, was so bad that I choose to just delete it.
How could a writing website that, at first seemed so promising, end up failing? I’ve had plenty of time to think about that and will share my thoughts in this blog. In short, Helium failed because it didn’t successfully adapt as things changed. Writers moved to more lucrative sources of payment, especially after Google made it harder for “content farms” to come up in its searches.
When I started writing for Helium, ...Read More