I discussed some of the possible motivations for deciding to publish online in one of the above sections, but I would like to stress that there are a lot of reasons why a person might want to join the world of online publishing. Your reasons for doing so may determine future choices that you make in relation to your articles or stories, and I want to help you to choose the right options for you.
But first, allow me to share with you a personal story related to choosing a platform.
When I first started writing online, I stumbled across Hubpages purely by accident. I left. And I went back. I danced around the idea of joining, and decided not to (I'm not a good enough writer to succeed, I reasoned). After about two weeks, I was back and had an account set up. My first hub is embarrassing. If I recall correctly it was a response to a question that had been asked (this is a feature of Hubpages that I rather like).
My reasons for joining Hubpages were pretty simple; I wanted to see my name and picture on the right hand side of an article that was published on a domain I didn't own. I know, it's pretty silly, isn't it? I wasn't thinking about making more than a couple of dollars a month; I just wanted to write. Oh, and to be part of the social community. I have over 600 followers there. They happened mostly very quickly. I was very social on Hubpages in the beginning.
A couple of weeks later, I joined Squidoo, though it took several months before I published my first lens. I don't remember why I joined, other than that somebody said that I should. I made an almost total switch to Squidoo when I began to become frustrated with Hubpages. I'd hit a hubberscore of 100 several times and had received hubscores of 100 on more than one occasion. I was getting greedy and my head was starting to spin with the potential of it all. I was making a few pennies here and there, and I'd begun to salivate over those times of day when I could look at Adsense. I needed a break. So, in order to get back to publishing purely for fun, I took myself and my business to Squidoo. That didn't last very long, let me be honest. I had a series of lenses about historical women that were planned, but I only got through Sacagawea before I realized first of all that lensmaking is hard work. A lot goes into it. Don't ask me why it's harder than Wizzley, Hubpages or any other platform I've used, but it is. I had to start making money, or I was going to lose my mind.
So I moved into another niche (which still does well for me). And gradually began to understand lensrank (well, as much as anybody understands lensrank anyway). I was making money. A few dollars a month, but it was all going right into paypal. I was obsessed. My focus changed to making money online. Now I work on six platforms!
Your focus may change, especially once you begin to make money. That's okay! If you want to make money online, there is no shame in that at all. Feel free to do whatever you can to make money online! Or if you just want to publish poetry or personal stories online so that others can find them, that's great too! It is a wonderful way to get in touch with people who share particular beliefs of yours. I'm going to be giving my recommendations for choosing your platform below, based on what you know of your reasons for wanting to publish online.
But I do recommend first taking some time to sit down and write down your reasons for wanting to write on an online publishing platform.