EHow.com, the pinnacle of online information on how to "do it yourself" Is it really that great? Who writes the articles for eHow? More importantly, can they be trusted?
eHow.com, What is it?
If you any sort of computer junkie, you’ve without a doubt heard in some way or another just how versatile eHow.com is. Surprisingly, not many people know what eHow.com. The website, in essence, is a mother-load of information, and specializes in delivering users “do it yourself” articles on the fly, granting them the freedom to improve their daily lives with a few clicks of the mouse.
Why? Because you can! eHow.com’s rapidly growing popularity seems to be triggered by the site’s ability to turn an ordinary couch potato into a “look what I did all by myself” addict. The site offers a treasure trove of knowledge, all of which is used to entice an unsuspecting web surfer, ensnaring them in a web of residual “how to” guides.
Who Writes for eHow?
eHow is unique in that it allows everyday computer users to sign up and apply for a position as an honorary writer for the site. That said, I was deeply saddened when my own application to become a part of such a prestigious organization was declined. Defeated, I packed up my five page litarary analysis of Death of a Salesman I had used for my credentials and went on my way. However, my attempts at gaining access to eHow were not in vain, as I uncovered a startling aspect of eHow’s writing armada that would surely turn the intelligible internet user away form the site’s “accessibility”.
In short, eHow, although it gallantly wields the power to decline applications and forbids users from applying more than once, is made up of, quite simply, you. That’s right, eHow’s entire army of internet-savvy writers are nothing more than computer users with access to a keyboard and the site’s inner workings. A close aquantience of mine, who introduced me to the lucrative business of writing for the site, was accepted while I, an avid writer, was turned down by the site. Having access to an “insider”, I quickly discovered that an accepted “chosen one” has the ability to write about anything they want, meaning that a thirteen year old in Kentucky could be the one giving you advice on how to juggle flaming tennis rackets safely and appropriately.
So? So do you want someone who has no idea what they’re doing telling you how to do stuff? NO! You want reliable, safe information that is both accurate and easily understood. Think for a moment, have you ever followed eHow’s “instructables” word for word and had good results? Tell you what, next time you need information on how to do something, ask a real person, or, better yet, just google the thing.