We all know it’s hard to make a living from writing, but it still comes as a shock when one of the biggest names on the internet announces not only that it doesn’t pay its writers, but that it takes pride in not doing so. Huffington Post is owned by Verizon, which makes a billion dollars a month in profits, but won’t pay its writers because to do so would not be “authentic”.

I tried this argument at the supermarket (“I’d love to pay for my groceries, but it wouldn’t be an authentic shopping experience if I did.”) Oddly enough they weren’t very happy and insisted on being paid in cash. So I’m going to join with Chuck Wendig in urging writers to think very hard before writing for Huffington Post, or even before reading it or linking to it.