So, comes an ad on Craig's List seeking "Food Writers for Webpage." Sounds like it could be interesting. Then I get into the text of the ad. What they're looking for is somebody who can do combinations of food reviews and recipes. The specifics are that you write a 300-500 word "review" of the food type, and provide three original recipes using that foodstuff. For instance, you might choose Penne pasta as the product. You have to discuss Penne (which might include doing research), then develop and test recipes using it. For which they're willing to fork over the munificient sum of five bucks. Oh, yeah, if you're found acceptible (which, I'm guessing, simply means you have the ability to string 300 words together), they expect you to do three of these reviews weekly. Now, don't get me wrong. There are many reasons why somebody would be willing to write at little to no money. There's the ego involvement of calling yourself a food writer, for instance. And, for beginners, it can be a way to help learn the trade---just like staging at a restaurant. And I can see it, short term, as a way of rounding out your resume and building credentials. But, really. Five bucks for that kind of work on a steady basis? You can make more money than that panhandling on the streets. Does anyone actually pursue such jobs? If you ever have, or even think you'd consider it, I'd like to hear your reasons, because it escapes me what the appeal would be.