DEEP CATACOMBS - Thousands of young writers in Neopia are currently working hard
on their computers/laptops, as they are in the process of creating their own original
written masterpieces known as Neopian Times articles, which are the pieces of
work that you read weekly. But… to these avid and hardworking writers out there,
do you ever wonder what interesting things happen after you have had your article
Unlike the many other factual articles that I have written in the past, I
have decided to write this one article based on my own experiences as a Neopian
Times writer. In this article, I will be discussing about all of the different
things, the good and the bad, that have happened to me each time I have published
an article! Enjoy, and have fun with my new article!
The Positive Aftermath:
A Neopian Times Trophy: One of the great results of successfully publishing
a Neopian Times article is getting a shiny gold trophy! If your article is accepted
into the next Neopian Times issue, you will often get your new, sparkling trophy
a few days before your article is officially released in the upcoming Neopian
Times. Out of the many trophies you can earn on Neopets, I believe that the
Neopian Times trophy is probably one of the easier trophies you can acquire,
if you have a wonderful strength for writing. It is unfortunate that you don't
receive any sort of NP/item prize along with your Neopian Times trophy, but
spending the time to write a well-written article is still worth the effort.
Positive Neomails: Another wonderful thing about publishing a Neopian Times
article is receiving friendly and encouraging Neomails that are complimenting
and congratulating you on your article. It's always nice to know that your hard
work has paid off, and that at least someone in Neopia appreciates the labor
and time you have chipped in to create such an article. Out of the many things
that help me write, I believe that the inspiration and encouragement from this
positive Neomails really help me to continue to work hard writing articles for
fellow Neopians who take the time to read them.
Constructive Criticism: Receiving constructive criticism is one of the better
aftermaths of publishing an article, in my opinion. It's wonderful to know that
some people take the time to read through your articles, so that they can give
you this helpful criticism. Though criticism may be interpreted as something
negative, constructive criticism from a reader is the only way to know how to
improve on writing your own articles. It's touching that some people do take
the time and effort to read your articles and to help make friendly suggestions
that will help you in the future. Be open to constructive criticism!
Inspiring Others: In my opinion, I believe this is probably the best result
that comes from publishing an article. Writing articles and inspiring others
because of your work is a wonderful and beautiful thing, it's nice to know that
others out there feel inspired when you write your well-written articles. Just
as you feel inspired and content when people praise you for your work, other
people are just as inspired through the commitment you put to create entertaining
and helpful written works that the Neopian population read weekly.
The Negative Aftermath:
Hate/Negative Neomails: Unfortunately, not everything that results from publishing
an article is positive. Out of the many negative aftermaths from publishing
an article, I absolutely despise hate mail the most. Getting hate mail is the
most repulsive and insulting thing ever, especially if you have worked so hard
on your article. For most of the articles I have written, I have always received
one or two hate/negative mails of some sort. You wouldn't believe some of the
most ridiculous and pathetic hate/negative mails I have gotten.
An example of one of the more pathetic hate/negative mails I have gotten was
related to the last article I have written, The Guide to Petpetpets. A certain
someone had rudely Neomailed me saying that I should be ashamed at myself for
revealing the "secrets" of Petpetpets in my article, which this user had claimed
that only certain people of Neopia should know. If you get any ridiculous and
negative Neomails of this sort, just block that user, since replying to these
kind of people are a pure waste of your time.
From experience, it is quite ironic that the only people Neomailing me negative
things were people who haven't even been published in The Neopian Times once.
If anyone plans to insult people's articles, at least give a valid/decent reason,
or prove that you can do any better. Otherwise, I suggest that anyone who rudely
degrades other writers for the sake of it should stop, because everyone should
be grateful that others take their precious time and effort to write articles
Random Neofriend Requests: Another negative result from publishing Neopian
Times articles is receiving random Neofriends requests. In my opinion, I honestly
don't think that it is that bad… but it tends to get annoying at times, especially
when 25-50 people you don't know Neofriend you without even giving you a reason.
Getting Neofriend requests is okay, but getting random Neofriend requests from
nowhere is something else. If you plan to Neofriend any Neopian Times writer,
at least tell him/her why you have requested to be his/her Neofriend.
Beggar Mails: I have honestly no clue how people get the idea that if someone
publishes an article, you have the right to go and beg them for items. I am
particularly baffled as to why so many users send me annoying beggar mails asking
me for NP/items, after one of my articles has published; it is just plain annoying.
The best anyone can do is ignore these Neomails, and hope that these people
get the picture that if they want something in this world… they have to earn
it themselves like everyone else.
Stupid/Pointless Questions: This is the second thing I hate out of all of
the negative results from publishing articles. It's one thing to get insulting
Neomails, but it is another thing when people start asking stupid or pointless
questions that completely waste your time. It's very depressing and disturbing
when others Neomail me asking if they could take parts from my article. I'm
sure that I'm not the only person in Neopia who doesn't appreciate others taking
their original written works; please don't plagiarize other people's hard work.
And it is just as depressing when people ask you questions that you have clearly
answered in your own article, making it seem like that your effort on your written
work was a complete waste of time. If you want to ask questions to a Neopian
Times author, please make sure that they are reasonable questions that are not
insulting, or haven't been already answered.
I hope that you have enjoyed my newest article… Article Aftermath! I do hope
that you take some of these things that you have read to mind, before you go
requesting to be a Neofriend or Neomailing either myself, or any other Neopian
Times author. Like any other Neopian user, the Neopian writers are also busy
at times, and if you take these different considerations in mind, all of us
writers would truly appreciate that. Until next time, see you!