MY EARNINGS HISTORY as a freelance writer looks like a bell curve. When I started in journalism in 1993, writing record reviews and short news items for the SF Weekly, I got ten cents a word. By ’97 I was getting two dollars.
I can still pull that down occasionally, but more often it’s closer to the $150 I got for about 500 words for Good.is, or, worse, the sad, sad, three-cents-a-word I was getting for a weekly online column (for a nonprofit with decent traffic, but still). And the frequency of writing “for exposure” grows with your every tweet.