When I saw that the WordPress Daily Prompt word was “planet”, I immediately thought of an important article I wrote some years ago. The article was about the environmental impact of the pharmaceutical industry. I wrote the article as a ghostwriter when doing freelance writing through a particular freelance work website. At the time, I hadn’t been working for quite a long time, but thought I’d dip my feet into some new minor work project.
Doing freelance writing is not all it’s cracked up to be, in my opinion! There are sometimes tight deadlines, and the pay is, may I say, sometimes pathetic! The article I’m referring to was a well over 1,000 words highly researched article. It took me a number of hours to complete to my satisfaction, and though the woman who commissioned it was highly impressed and complimentary of my work, the pay ended up being about $15. That’s total, not per hour! I have to say that I quit doing the freelance work after that lousy gig. I’d rather write articles and other types of posts for my blog for no money, and at least have the right to the byline.
Out of curiosity, I googled large portions of the above-mentioned article, and found them on three different websites with three different authors. The three “authors” seemed to be from different countries around the world. All of “their articles” contained around 60-80% of my words, with only minor changes, often poorly written. Obviously they didn’t credit each other for any of my shared content, so they ultimately plagiarized. Or I guess you could say that. In any case, I have no claim to the content having ghostwritten it, so I’m sorry that I couldn’t share the article with you.
The environmental impact of the pharmaceutical industry is a very significant problem in the world, one that many of us contribute to by flushing medications down the toilet (even after they’ve gone through us), or otherwise discarding improperly. Consumers are also not the only polluters of pharmaceutical waste; hospitals, doctors, agribusiness, and other sources contribute to the problem, as well. I encourage anyone reading this post to research the topic of pharmaceutical wastes on your own. I’d post the original article, but I’m afraid it could potentially get me in trouble.
I realize that some readers are more than willing to ghostwrite articles, but just be sure that before doing so, you are willing to give away your words forever.