Normally, I am against crowd-sourcing. That is because the creator usually never gets any credit, much less one red cent, from all the work they do. However, challenge.gov and ChallengePost, both offer incentive for the crowd-sourcing projects they put forth. Whether it is money or prizes, I have already won a T-shirt for one project I took part in, there is something tangible you can get out of the project. So, I am not adverse to it. I am not materialistic, but getting feedback aside from a half-hearted “thanks” is nice.
Now, I doubt I’ll ever get rich from doing any of these projects, but it definitely gives me something to do to keep my skills sharp when my work runs out. Writing, as well as being my profession, started off as a hobby. It has since turned into a bit of an obsession. However, unlike other obsessions, this one doesn’t have me disregarding personal hygiene or anything of the sort. I just like the instant gratification of seeing the results of my work immediately. That’s probably a little narcissistic, but I am okay with that. I don’t have a long attention span, so I like immediate feedback.
I think what I am trying to say is crowd-sourcing isn’t, necessarily, a bad thing. Just don’t expect to get free swag on the back of someone without putting something forward in the first place. That’s just dirty pool, and can only work so many times before you only get what you put into it.