“More announcements forthcoming about where you’ll be able to read me! I am not disappearing. Also I’ll forever be yelling on Twitter.”
– Lindy West
Why Lindy West will go broke and fall into obscurity
Lindy West, full-time writer for Jezebel and runner-up in the annual Michelin Tire Man look-alike contest, is resigning from her paid writing position. After a lucrative career containing plenty of hard-hitting stories, like making fun of Victor Pride, Lindy has turned her gaze towards sweeter opportunities.
She’s starting a free Tumblr blog and begging for others to hire her.
No, really. The best that this strong independent woman could do was stick her hand out and write on a platform that people use to share erotic fan fiction about My Little Pony dolls. That’s pretty pathetic if you ask me.
I’m 21 and somehow manage to afford my own website, and do it without ever asking readers for a dime. In fact, I just finished editing a reader’s book free of charge because I thought he had a good product on his hands. That’s significantly more generous than anything I could ever find this social justice warrior managing to do.
How to avoid Lindy’s fate
Lindy West, like her lard loving pal David Futrelle, built a career around providing idiots with mindless trash that ridicules the labors of others. An article about doing something like building up a blog, or increasing your brain power has longevity. An article about “12 things dudebros need to stop mansplaining” is relevant for about 30 seconds.
As my old English teacher would have said, “It’s entertainment today and in the landfill tomorrow.”
If you look at the situation that Lindy’s in it is easy to see why she will fail with all future endeavors.
Building a house atop rented ground
Do you know who lives on rented property? Peasants.
The lord of the realm lets them toil upon his ground in exchange for goods or services.
Lindy doesn’t own Tumblr. She rents a piece of it. If the man who created Tumblr wanted to throw her off his creation he could.
Unless you own your own site you are always at the mercy of someone else.
Jezebel exists because frumpy middle-aged women, with no future, need something to relieve the boredom of their tedious corporate job. That’s it. There’s nothing insightful going on over there. It’s a trashy site with disposable articles about nothing. Junk food for your brain.
Unless you want to bring out the tin can every month and grovel for some cash you need to be able to provide articles of value.
To put it mildly, Lindy West is a stay at home office drone. One who has a little fame and a steady paycheck, until now, but she’s still just a slave. Unless Nick Denton is throwing her cash she’s not earning anything.
What are people going to pay her for, complaining?
Apparently she has a book, co-written by men, that Confessions of an Online Hustler is outselling.
The reason for this? Matt’s book is actually useful. Lindy’s is just a pile of steaming snark.
Would you rather learn to run a successful business, or discover “Everything there is to know about philosophy (in a single paragraph!).”
I thought so.
People aren’t morons. They crave value. If you don’t give it to them you might as well slink off in defeat.
Lindy West is a great example of what not to do as a professional writer. I look forward to checking in on her “exciting new career” in about two months so that I can say “I told you so!”