I’ve made this mistake in the past, and it’s come back to haunt me. When things are going well on a content mill and you’re making money, everything seems sunshine and roses. At this stage, it’s very easy to become incredibly fixated on that single company. I’ve done this, and I know. It’s very easy to begin singing the praises of a company that is providing you with income, and thus to become very blind to any of their possible shortcomings.
This is dangerous because, for a large part, the company usually has no idea who you are. They may have an abstract sense of your existence, but you see one company while they see 2,000 writers. Regardless of how solid a particular company may seem and how caring they are, the tide may turn and it’s important for you to realize that you are ultimately disposable. The company can disappear, it may get bought out or you might even get banned.
At WA, many writers have started feeling betrayed by the increasingly short responses they are receiving from the Help Desk. However, are they feeling betrayed because the responses are actually rude, or because they feel like they’ve built enough of a reputation and relationship with the content mill that they should be treated differently?
Apart from diversifying, you shouldn’t fall into the trap of defending a company or trying to make excuses for their behavior. For one, it’ simply wasted effort; that’s what their PR campaign is supposed to be doing, not you. For another, it builds up an emotional connection between you and the company, a being that likely neither knows about you nor cares.
People are loyal and faithful by default…and to a fault. While it is never a good idea to bite the hand that feeds you, it’s always good to keep a professional distance. When you start feeling personal about a company, you enter into very dangerous territory that usually does not have a positive outcome.