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August 20, 2009



Jim McPartland




This ad was on Craigslist today-


Writer Needed For Content

Date: 2009-08-20, 8:24AM EDT
Reply to: job-yrxfq-1332677141@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


Looking for someone who wants a part time gig writing for a series of blogs. These blogs will be on different subjects.

Pauline Marshall

  • Compensation: Depends on Experience.
  • Telecommuting is ok.
  • This is a part-time job.


Sounds like me, so I respond.

First warning sign is this gets delivered to my spam folder.

Response from Pauline@writing-guild.com

Hi there,

Thanks for your interest in the website reviewer position. We are currently looking for honest people with a keen eye for detail to visit various adult sites online and write the things they like and dislike about each. We will require 12 reviews per week which are due by 2pm EST every Friday.

The starting wage for this post is $350 per week which rises after 6 months. No previous experience is required for this position. The only requirement we have is that you submit a 100-word review of the members area at a pre-selected site (www.fungirltime.com)[i]. It's completely free to join so don't worry about any costs (be sure to cancel within 3 days or you will be billed).

Please submit this review to reviews@writing-guild.com within 48 hours if you're still interested. This position can be taken from anywhere, it's going to be a home-based position. If this isn't for  you we thank you for your time.

Thanks for your time

Pauline Marshall
The Writer's Guild[ii]


Website reviewer? I thought they wanted a blog writer. I’ll buy honest. Keen eye? Noelle is laughing now. Adult sites? Oh, fuck- here we go. Write about what I like and dislike? Jesus Christ, what the hell is the difference? Not enough cum shots and too much anal? Not young enough? Porn is so subjective, Paul! 12 reviews with a deadline. Well, 100 words isn’t much, but can I really sum up my critiques in such a short form? And can I really differentiate between them? The pressure would be on.

No experience/$350. Umm. So this is not really writing, is it? ‘Members’ area? Is that like the FOD Forum?

I clicked quickly on the fungirl link. I can’t stand this shit. One quick shot of some poor drug addicted illegal under age Russian immigrant gagging on a penis is way more than I need. I don’t find this titillating and when I see it, I think of Steve Pilot (sjfatty). A FOD blog front pager and his endless list of sites http://www.funnyordie.com/blog/posts/17348[iii]. I start to think FOD has diversified beyond cooking- or is that what ComedyFetish is about? Pauline and Steve may be the same person- and is this whole comedy thing is really just about securing your credit card number to roam the Carnival Cruise Line with, except you’re not going?

Oh, but it won’t cost me anything to join- why should I worry? Maybe because if I had to join 12 different sites per week to go to their members site because they now have my credit card I might forget who I gave it to? That’s assuming I could trust them to not sell it to that guy in Miami who had 130 million cards compromised. Am I being too paranoid? $350/week (that increases) is mildly appealing for sitting at home and being Roger Ebert to adult websites. I might be able to get the kittens they’ve all been missing involved![iv]

There is no writing-guild.com. There may be some real jobs on craigslist, but this isn’t one. And I didn’t even get into the ‘women seeking men’ category. Yeech.



My challenge is for you to write Pauline a note explaining your qualifications and post what you wrote- along with her response if you get one.

[i] I don’t recommend you click on this. They will know who you are and you’ll get more bullshit stuff that no spouse will understand/excuse.

[ii] Amy- Pauline wrote this- I didn’t edit- if you don’t like her grammar, tell her!

[iii] I thought this one kinda weird.

[iv] They’d be over 2 years old, which is 18 in ours.