Why you should consider becoming an online writer

 Kibera Film School

Students at the Kibera Film School take part in a script writing class in 2013.  


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What you need to know:

  • Online writing is steadily transforming the world through information sharing.
  • Websites, blogs and channels have opened up the information space and today, one can easily access new knowledge at a click of the button or a swipe on the screen.

Online writing is steadily transforming the world through information sharing.

This new form of writing has greatly been enabled by technological advancements and implementation of the world wide web invented in the early 1990s.

Websites, blogs and channels have opened up the information space and today, one can easily access new knowledge at a click of the button or a swipe on the screen. This information discovery has been made possible by search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo, which categorises data and presents it to users on request. These developments have fuelled commercial content writing services, which many young people are engaged in to generate income.

As an upcoming online content creator, I would like to share the benefits of online writing, and why you should consider it as a full-time job, a side hustle or a hobby.

First, you can do online writing anywhere and anytime, wherever you feel comfortable — including in a hotel, on vacation or even from the comfort of your home. Tired of commuting to work? Online writing can help you say goodbye to matatus and traffic jam as it does not require the writer to go to the office.

Thirdly, unlike other jobs that are limited by time and office hours, the only limit to online writing is how much cash you want to make. You only choose when it is convenient for you to pen your next article.

Unknown to many, online writing offers some sort of job security. You are your own boss, you set the pace and schedule. The only person who can terminate your contract is you when you choose to stop writing. Related, as an online writer, you are assured of a limitless salary unlike a regular job which comes with a fixed amount.

But there is a catch here: To make loads of cash, they need to put in long, extra hours and write more often. Additionally, I find online interesting because you choose which job to take.

Lastly, the internet is a repository of vast knowledge and you get to learn a lot as an online content creator.

Are you aged 10-20 and would like to be Nation’s young reporter? Email your 400-600-word article to diversity@ke.nationmedia.com

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