A Wikinuter's Thankfulness and Pride

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 27th Nov 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/kmvmdmtv/
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Every once in a while it is important to celebrate your successes and on this occasion, my 500th article it is appropriate to celebrate both my success and the success of a website that I love and some people past and present that have made this journey through Wikinut interesting.

First Article

You can see clearly my professional background when looking at the very first article I ever produced on Wikinut on 22nd September 2010 called "Software as a Service Deployment - The Challenges of the Cloud" and this article contained links back to articles on my own blog that was active at the time, I had been writing on-line for some two years (although I had been writing both as a consultant and for private pleasure most of my life) and was seeking new places to publish, in part to add links into my blog but also to discover the potential to earn more monies from my writing. Before joining Wikinut I had also previously published on Helium and Triond (although no articles of mine remain on either site today).

What I wrote in that first article is still largely relevant today, but perhaps I may take the opportunity at some point to review that and bring it up-to-date with new advances in the field. This however was the start of an interesting journey, a journey of words.

Wikinut started during 2009 and has been growing ever since. It is true the site does receive criticism for lower rates of pay than some other sites, but it is ranked higher than those sites that are deemed by Google to be content farms, such as Triond. To me money is a good reason to write (and I am paid by Wikinut most months) but it is not the sole reason for writing; I write in order to have a creative outlet and it should be noted that I receive more money in writing content for websites than I do providing content for any writing site. One thing I believe about Wikinut is that it will continue to be here long after other sites have said goodbye to the world. I am exploring other sites though and do not intend to keep all my eggs in one basket.

Thanks for the Rejections

I learnt much from the moderators of the site in those early days, especially on the few occasions either Johnny Dod or Mark Gordon Brown rejected my submissions - and of course there is a lesson there for all, a rejection usually means there is something that needs fixing in your submission (unless you have been foolish enough to copy someone else's material or write something libellous), and I remember on one occasion a very important sentence read as complete gobbledygook, of course I had edited it but every time I read it I simply read it as I wished it to be not as it actually was, definitely a reason to reject something and an easy thing to fix once the error was highlighted.

Readership

I would say I am grateful for every reader that has ever read any article of mine, this being the 500th article on Wikinut, I have also published about 300 elsewhere. But the most important thing is readership, here on Wikinut that is running at about 350,000 plus about 95,000 on Triond, 25,000 on Bubblews, 25,000 on a collection of other sites and 50,000 on my original blog, of course leaving me shy of a million views, but it is all about spreading the word.

Even starting out it was clear to me that in order to be read it was important to have a large network both on each site I published on and also in the world of social media and today I continue to grow my connections on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google Plus, and now Tsu, but it is the writers here on Wikinut that have become very important and I wish to dedicate much of this article to them, and will do so by connection rather than any particular order of priority.

Many writers along the way

Strength of character is something we do not see in a lot of people today and we have some strong characters here on Wikinut, lets start with Steve Kinsman, the American radical who is always prepared to stand up and tell us that something is wrong when he sees it that way, he has an opinion on many things and is not afraid to use it. Other opinionated writers include Kaylar, Jerry Walch, John Welford, and LeRain, the point here is not whether you agree with their opinion (because I am sure there are times when you hate them and would hypothetically speaking would like to take them outside and throttle them for some of the things they have said) but that the opinion is voiced and the opinion has a platform because a writer always has a duty to challenge the mind.

We cannot go further without also thanking our poets (of which there are too many to mention) but I would recommend that all poets take note of my unofficial Wikinut Poet Laureate, Carolan Nathan, who provides stunning poetry and any aspiring poet should look at her work in order to understand what it takes to gain a star page when publishing poetry - she rarely fails with any submission and she moves the mind as a great poet should. But I must also mention LoverMe for their daily posts and often multiple.

The thoughtful Tranquilpen writes on a multitude of sites, as does Tony Leather (who perhaps no longer write here) yet they always provide valuable thoughts wherever they write.

And more...

Our Indian contingent of writers are turning out to be one of the largest blocks of writers from any geographical area on the globe with great articles regularly being provided by GV Rama Rao, Madan G. Singh, Siva (full name Sivaramakrishnan A) who perhaps comments on more pages than any other writer, Rama Devi Nina, Vpaulose who write good material on a variety of sites, but also Snerfu and Ptrikha are recent writers that the sub-continent has brought us. This says much for the strength of the English language and how widely it is used.

We have some great ladies here who take every opportunity to share their views. Stella Mitchell gives us guidance with life's journey, our independent Scot Mariah, Carol who will support Lewis Hamilton till the bitter end, Val Mills and CarolFord. Denise O would tell us stories about her family and especially their dog, Delicia Powers who has been demonstrating a love of both history and nature often poetically. Recent arrivals Phyl Campbell and Marilyn Davis have also excited and challenged us in their own way.

No longer Here

There are also some writers that are sadly no longer a part of the community here on Wikinut of course people do drift away and come back, lets hope this is the case for writers: Chrysolite, D in the Darling, IvyEvelyn, R.S.A., Buzz (although he writes these days alongside Reni as Rania, Jamie & Reni.

One thing about this category is that it has the potential to be greater than those currently writing - I would like to think that people like Socrates, Plato, Copernicus, Newton, Hegel, Marx, Einstein and many other thinkers that were born before the creation of the Internet would all approve of expressing themselves through this medium.

I am sure that there are plenty of others that I will offend by not mentioning them, but the memory seems to resemble a sieve these days.

Atheism, God, Christ, and Mohammed

As a fourth generation atheist (through my mother's side), I also have devout Christians (through my father's family) and devout Muslims (through my wife's family), I have always believed that everyone has the right to have their views heard, but sadly we are increasingly living in a world where right-wing Capitalist Christians and reactionary fanatical Muslims seem to be controlling much of the world's thinking. The press are controlled by the conservative end of the political spectrum and there is today hardly anywhere a radical thinker can be published unless it is on the web.

I have moderated articles covering all ends of the political and religious spectrum (although to my knowledge there are no articles by fanatical Muslims on Wikinut) and when moderating I do my best to act fairly and let the process be guided by the quality of the writing, not my view on the opinions presented, its important to respect the beliefs of others, even if we strongly disagree with what is said and having said that there have been some explosive debates here on Wikinut in recent months.

Whatever your views, you should be proud of standing up and and using the Wikinut Soapbox, here speakers corner is always open.

The Sight Challenge

2014 was certainly an eventful year, with the loss of my sight at the end of June and the slow recovery ever since - but this challenge has lead me down other avenues including joining a real estate investment firm as a property buyer - this is interesting because I have had to learn much and have to look at the question of property purchases from a whole different light.

Thankfully I am now able to drive again (the doctor cleared me a few weeks ago) and this once again gives me some independence although I am primarily working from home, using my computer and the Internet to find the properties of interest, which allows me some time to also write.

My eyesight is on the long road to recovery but I am confident it will get there, it is now a long was from those first scary days, but the recovery has taught me so much.

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500 Articles, All Ends, Disagree, Loss Of Sight, Political, Religious, Respect Beliefs, Spectrum, Strongly Disagree, Wikinut

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
Author of "Is your Business Ready? For the Social Media Revolution"

Social media consultant, with C-Level background.

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author avatar spirited
27th Nov 2014 (#)

"a long was"

"A long way?"

Funny that this apparent typo should show up here at the end of a great article, especially when you were talking about your sight problems.

You being a moderator here, I appreciate your positive review and comments here about the state of this site, the worthiness of this platform, and your feeling that it will be around for the long haul, or for your 1000th article.(LOL)

I enjoyed the meandering read, and the insights into the history of this site, thanks Peter, indeed!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
28th Nov 2014 (#)

That goes to prove what I said before your mind convinces itself that it is right, when it is not.

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author avatar viewgreen
27th Nov 2014 (#)

Congrat sir! for 500 hundred articles. Thank you for sharing about some kinds of knowledge. Have a nice day.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
27th Nov 2014 (#)

I am the luckiest guy to have landed in the coveted poll position on this great page. Firstly, please allow me to congratulate you on having written this 500th article here on wikinut!!! Thank you kindly, sir, for having also counted me among the writers whom you regard, as having provided you with a few valuable thoughts. As a point of interest, I too hold those writers you mention, in very high regard, yourself included. Dear Peter, I remember, as though it were yesterday, when you started here on wikinut and was overjoyed when you were appointed as a Moderator. I am fully aware of the life changing impact, going blind, has on a person, myself, having lost sight in both eyes 4 years ago, thanks to two successful lens implants, I too, have full sight again.Warm regards, Andre (Tranquilpen)

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
28th Nov 2014 (#)

Andre, thank you for the very encouraging words.

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author avatar Petra Newman
28th Nov 2014 (#)

Congratulations on your 500th article. Wow, these are impressive numbers. You are not only a prolific writer, but also a great writer. Your content is always interesting. I'm glad that you have regained your sight. Out of all the senses to lose, I think not being able to see would be the worst. I wish you good health and keep writing.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
28th Nov 2014 (#)

I would not count myself as prolific, but I do aim to make one HIGH QUALITY - submission per week, sometimes I do more.

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author avatar Retired
28th Nov 2014 (#)

Congratulations, Peter. Keep 'em coming!

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author avatar Retired
28th Nov 2014 (#)

Congratulations from an "opinionated" writer!

The important thing is surely that Wikinut offers a platform on which opinions can be expressed and challenged, and also that the people expressing those opinions and issuing those challenges respect the rights of their opponents to think differently.

As somebody much wiser than me once said, if everybody is thinking the same then somebody isn't thinking!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
28th Nov 2014 (#)

The platform for opinions to be expressed is very important in my view and LeRain demonstrated this perfectly with her arguments on global warming earlier this year, there was heated debate but that is also good and as you say we should always respect the right of the other person to think differently.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Nov 2014 (#)

Great going indeed Peter, congratulations. Thanks for the mention. My love for this site is reflected in the fact I have put all my eggs in this basket - come what may! Yes, I could be the one who comments most and it it comes easier than posting articles which I nevertheless try to do once a week. In fact, I even dig deep taking the role of a paleontologist to read those who are no more active here with a hope of waking them up to rejoin us and share their wisdom.

I love this site to such an extent I would stick here whatever it takes. My spare time is magnetically drawn this way! In a way, this is better than reading or hearing news that is more of a tightening noose around our necks by the day! siva

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
28th Nov 2014 (#)

I love the thought of you being a writing palaeontologist and reading/commenting on those old articles - they all have their place.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
28th Nov 2014 (#)

Well done for your achievement of 500 posts Peter .
Thank you also for mention ..
I look forward to reading many more interesting articles from you , and continue to pray your sight improves daily .
Blessings
Stella ><

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
28th Nov 2014 (#)

I do thank you for your prayers Stella and it was not a problem to mention you because I think you are one of the rocks on which this site is built.

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author avatar Ptrikha
28th Nov 2014 (#)

Congratulations and thanks for mentioning my name.
Even my first few woks here were not so up to the mark, and in fact my interactions with you on a few articles(one was where I asked for your feedback) helped me develop my skills a lot here. And for me 500 is a distant figure(155 at present), but on Wikinut I try to be richer in Quality than Quantity.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Nov 2014 (#)

I always believe in quality before quantity.

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author avatar Ian R Thorpe
30th Nov 2014 (#)

Sorry to hear of your health problems Peter but as someone who has spent seventeen years so far recovering from a massive brain haemorrhage I can assure you that a positive attitude and having a sense of purpose will see you through. To that end a site like Wikinuts can play an important role.
As for pay rates, you are absolutely correct to say people who are committed to producing good quality content are more motivated by how many readers they are likely to get than how much they way earn.
Getting the ideas out there and promoting discussion is a worthwhile goal in itself.
I have not been very active this year but as The Terminator said, I'll be back.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
30th Nov 2014 (#)

We all need to come and go with things we are working on there are times when we get bored with one thing and move elsewhere - it is human nature to swap focus every once in a while.

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author avatar Retired
3rd Dec 2014 (#)

Lovely ..The way to go Peter...I read this article of yours for the 1st time and the way you have rendered it is fantastic...a born awe inspiring writer.

Yes, as you have said Siva is a great guy commenting on many pages. I started Wikinuts only couple of weeks ago cos of my passion for writing as well as earning something from it and most of all at least one guy commenting and approving it's content. Thanx Shiva.

As a social media specialist covering Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Delicious, Google+, MySpace, Tumbler, Youtube, Pinterest, Groundreport etc simultaneously on an article + a Photoon that I do on that particular subject, I agree with you that the Indian Sub Continent guys are now emerging as leaders in this subject.

My main subjects are Anti Corruption and Anti Bureaucracy and try my best to show the world, what the Government does wrong.

Peter, I wish & hope that your eye problem would be cured completely. Pls keep up the great work your doing on Wikinuts.

Thanx & Regards - Wiki

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
4th Dec 2014 (#)

Wikramarathna, it is great to see one of the newer members of our community make a well thought out comment and well as a contribution to the success of Wikinut.

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author avatar puncakceria
10th Dec 2014 (#)

Informative article. Thank you for sharing this.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Dec 2014 (#)

very very well done dear Peter and congratulations...you are a great example to us all....I must thank you too for your endorsing me so beautifully...wow! blessings...

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
10th Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you Carolina.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Dec 2014 (#)

Congratulations on penning 500 articles for Wikinut Peter, and many thank, from one atheist to another, for the recognition you gave me here. I am humbled. I'm looking forward to your next five hundred. Keep 'em coming!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
11th Dec 2014 (#)

Steve, I doubt my articles push the bubble as far as you will but I am certain we each have an axe to grind at times.

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author avatar Harris Mungai
7th Jan 2015 (#)

Wow,congratulations are in order sir.
500 articles is no mean feat,I wish there was a way we could throw a party here for you and your contributions to this site very informative.
Keep going!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
7th Jan 2015 (#)

Harris, funnily enough I was talking this morning to another writer about having a coffee together and while we are in the same part of the world we are still a three hour drive apart - not making a coffee meeting that feasible.

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author avatar Harris Mungai
7th Jan 2015 (#)

Sounds like a good deal and very achievable.Can we work out a way of how this can happen.
All sugar on me....hahaaa!

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