Now, I know nearly everyone who read that title answered with a resounding "YES"...am I right? Well, then do I have a fun site for you to check out. FieldReport. Yes, I was asked to check out this site for a blog tour and post about. Does that have anything to do with my thoroughly enthusiastic feelings about this site? NO. Trust me on this one, FieldReport is simply one of the coolest sites I've ever seen.
So, what exactly is it? I'm not sure how to categorize it, as I've never seen another site like it. You'll just have to bear with me as I try, probably ineptly, to explain a bit about it. Writers, both professional and otherwise, submit works of personal non-fiction. You know, the kind of writing that many of us bloggers do at least some of the time. Which is the reason for the blog tour--they are hoping to attract writers from the blogging world, as this is often the type of writing they already do. But why would someone want to submit their work? Well, I'm willing to bet that writers enjoy sharing their work and would appreciate honest feedback. But face it, cash prizes are a mighty nice incentive as well. Yep, cash prizes, including the The FieldReport Prize for Experiential Reporting (their grand prize) of $250,000. (No, that was not a typo!)
Of course, if you're of those people like me, who know that their talents lie in areas other than writing, you might feel this isn't a site for you. Before you jump to that conclusion, I strongly urge you to check it out. Because at the heart of the site is not simply the submission of these reports, it's also the reviewing. It wasn't mandatory that I sign up to participate in the blog tour, but I couldn't resist. I found myself getting caught up in story after story from the lives of real people. And don't be intimidated by the idea of "reviewing" the stories. It's not time consuming, and it doesn't involve writing a bunch of in-depth analysis. It merely means that you rate the piece on a sliding scale from 1 to 10. And you can also add a sentence or two of commentary.
And you know what, the site is free. You earn a review credit for each piece you read and rate. And if you would like to submit your own field report, it merely costs you 5 review credits. Pretty cool, huh?
Thank you, Dewey, for turning me on to this ultra-cool website!