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12 Sep 2020

The Curse of YN Blogging

Young Numismatists Exchange | user_77425

I think that blogging for lots of YN dollars is wrong. I think that if you blog it's great but if are blogging twice a week for YN dollars it can ruin things for some people. Think about this if you are someone that goes to lots of coin show, does posters displays and is a very active person in the coin community and say you get $1000 YN a year. Then someone that wrote a blog twice a week gets $2800 YN a year. I think that blogging should be worth like $5 not $25 or it starts as 25 and the more and more blogs you write the less YN money you get. I did a lot of posters and displays this year and got like $250 YN and I don't think it is fair to blog for all of your YN dollars. One more thing about having all of that YN money means the YN auction prices go way up. If you are a newcomer like me and don't know about this it can make the YN auctions feel like you can't win anything.

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Mike

Level 7

A yn counted my blogs since I got here. No three liners. He counted 421 . He's a little short. I wish someone would pay me money to share my knowledge! Mokie the wize hit it on the head. It's the age differance. I don't expect 400 words from kids either. A 17 year old with collecting history behind him does make a big difference. The kids like all of us had to crawl before we walked. They will get there only if they get involved. That's were the knowledge is!!.

Mike

Level 7

Also I know when and others know when a blog is cut and pasted. That does not help the person doing this. . Or plagerism. . That has showed up. The ANA will take action and the law . These are rules to protect you. So you can learn. When you copy of cut and paste you ruin your chance of learning. When the library opens again and it will there are 29,000 books you can read. Books are the answer.

coinfodder

Level 5

It is hard to say what my stance is. But now, the only way to get YN dollars consistently is to write blogs. But, on the page it says that to get the dollars, Mr. Sam has to look at your case. Hard to say. Coinfodder.

True, but the majority of YN's, even the "poorer" ones, depend on blogs for their yn income. Sure, it might seem irritating when someone steals a coin you're after by rolling out the k's, but those ppl will still find ways to ring up the cash no matter what. Besides, it is important to encourage numismatic writing. Anyhow, that's my bit

Longstrider

Level 6

No cut and paste blogs. These are the problem Quality over quantity. There are some very high end blogs here. There are also junk ones.

I think the blogs aren't the problem, it is the quality. if someone is active not he site and puts effort into their blogs, it is entirely different than those who put a blog up, and then leave until the next time.

CentSearcher

Level 5

I agree, but I only think they should simply make a restriction on how many YN$ blogs you can do a month

Oobie

Level 4

I have to disagree with you. I live in rural Kentucky, so I don’t have the opportunity to attend coin shows or go to Summer Seminar and earn hundreds of YN$ for exhibits and whatnot. Blogs are my main source of YN$, and I get much more than YN$ from them. I put hours of effort into the lengthy, formal posts I put out, and I am rewarded with a stronger knowledge of the topic I write about and support from the community. When I turn 18, I’m still going to be writing the blogs I write because I do it to learn more about the hobby and hopefully provide insight on something that the reader didn’t know about. I don’t do it just for the YN$; those are an extra reward, but I also don’t think it should be lowered. I understand where you might think it’s wrong, but for YNs like myself with no other source of YN$ income, it really helps out.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Your blogs are always high quality work Oobie.

Mokie

Level 6

This is exactly why your blogs are so enjoyable, your heart is in the effort and your learning along with your future audience. Keep it up Oobie!!!

JudeA

Level 4

I agree with you. Some people will spit out blogs that have little or no effort put into them, like basic history over a coin. The 2 blogs a week isn't excessive, but the way some people go about doing the blogs is.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Well, I guess you get your dollars the way you can, but I see YN's throw up a lot of blogs that are not very good, specifically the book reports. What I see makes me wonder if they are cut and paste jobs and it seems like you can tell if someone actually read the book or not. But really its about the quality. Now I have posted a couple with pictures of coins that I wondered about and asked for feedback. Nothing wrong with that I think, its a way to learn more. But the blogs that I write are about things I get curious about and don't know anything. That means doing research and that takes at least three or four hours, sometimes much more. But I learn a lot about a subject and some other people learn something too. Others may already know, or may pick up a fact about it to increase their knowledge about something they already know a lot about, Please put pictures in blogs, they make it more interesting and eye catching. The last thing I think YN's should pay attention to is taking the time to put their blogs in paragraph form. I mean, really? How hard is it to use that enter button and create a new paragraph when it is appropriate. It makes the good work you do stand out from those who don't use paragraphs. I am guessing your teachers wouldn't accept a paper with out using proper paragraphs. So why don't your readers deserve the same quality work? Please, by all means, if you want to be prolific writing blogs, go for it, just deliver something that one can be proud of posting. Good luck in next year's auction!

coinfodder

Level 5

Personally, the point of my blogs is to educate. I try to spread info to others that they may of not have known. But I have to admit, the extra incentive is great. :-)

Prodigy Coins

Level 4

While you do have a good point, I think it is completely fair. They write those blogs, they get credit. And it is only worthy blogs that get credited. They are getting rewarded for their hard work. And those of us who have less time to do it, well, do less. So everyone is credited for what they do.

Mokie

Level 6

Two blogs a week is not excessive to me. The quality of the blogs is strongly correlated with the age of the blogger. I would not expect a 7 year old blogger to have the same level of writing skill as a 17 year old so that is always something that I consider when reading a YN blog. The best blogs are the ones that tell a tale of YOUR specific experience in the hobby, searching through cent rolls, visiting a coin show, acquiring a new Morgan, those are all interesting. Book reports can be a little dry and in excess can cause me to question whether the reader actually read all the books. So my suggestion to any YN is to write something about you and your collecting activities. If you do a book report, tell us how reading the book has made you more knowledgeable about the Mercury Dime or Lincoln Cent in your collection. If you write about a particular series like Barber Dimes, tell us WHY you find this so interesting, tell us why YOU might try pursuing this, or not, in the future. In a nutshell, the more personal your story, the more interesting it is.

Hello. You have a valid point. I was able to earn around 2k for this years auction with very few blogs, so there are other ways to earn YN dollars in large amounts. In addition, I would consider blogs to be one of the only things that you can earn YN dollars for that does NOT have any other potential benefits. For example, the posters would give you a grade in school. An exhibit at a show may win you a prize. Lastly, suppose it takes 1 second to write each word, and someone were to do 440 word blogs, they still would use 13 hours just in typing per year, without counting research, proofreading, or other activities needed to blog.

Golfer

Level 5

ANA makes the rules. I don't know anything about the official rules, but will try and read up on them. I would think attending a coin show is worth more YN dollars than posting one blog? Making a poster also seems worth more than posting a blog. Interesting conversation.

YoloBagels

Level 4

Well before judging we have to look at it from other perspectives. First of all, an entire years worth of YN blogs is YN$2550. That means that if you wrote exactly 400 words (which is never the case, you always write more) you'd have to write 40,800 words AND have a well researched, interesting topic. I think that blog posts are worth YN$25 a week. Also another thing we have to consider is who/why YNs might write a blog post. Let's say you're a YN with a lower budget and you happen to live in the state of Montana. Obviously you are not going to have the same opportunities as a YN that lives in Orlando or Colorado Springs. Travelling to major shows like FUN or NatMon will cost you more than it's probably worth and there aren't many major shows that happen in remote states like Montana; so writing YN blogs is one of the only ways you'll be able to get a large amount of YN$. Lowering the amount of YN$ for remote activities gives large advantages to those who are privileged enough to live near major numismatic areas. Also I really agree with you that putting up displays and making presentations should bring in more YN$. I've done presentations in the past and honestly it was much more work than putting up two blogs, yet I only got yn$10. I believe everyone deserves as close of a fair chance as they can get and location/financial position should not be a problem.

Coinyoshi

Level 4

Thank you for writing this! I only have 200 YN dollars and that is just for making exhibits. Everything in the auction yesterday went above my limit. I just tried blogging for fun yesterday, and it seems too easy but too hard at the same time! also, my blog is about the Italian Lire. You have a very good point, too! Keep up the good work.

Mike

Level 7

Sam has worked this auction from the start. Did you know some the wrote like 30 blogs in a week. Some 18 in a month? He has to get control so the the forced his hand. I suggest you contact Sam he's always open to suggestions. But truthfully it's going great . He decides how much you get for what you did. Some blogs are not worth the full price. Since we're not the please Sam is a good guy. He will listen!!

Mike

Level 7

I help many yns. I also know that there are other projects you have to do so you can earn yn dollars. Also blogging is a great way to learn about coins. We share the history and research of a coin. Everyone tells a story. I have learned so much since I have been here I can't count all the ways.. Knowledge is power. If your going to discuss a coin you just might of read it here.

Stumpy

Level 5

Valid point. I don't know enough about the YN program to give you a good answer. I will say that in my mind the program should be geared to the newer YNs, and not just for blogs. I never tire of reading a Blog from a YN, I wish I had that option when I was a YN, I think blogs are a way of making a statement or sharing knowledge, even a way to question a larger target base. I hope some of the older hands on this site with more knowledge can chime in here, but you do seem to have a very good point. Thanks for taking the time to share.

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