Write short articles, stories and poems and get paid for it? That's what the Helium web site promises. This is how it works: you register with them as a writer (it's free) and then you may write short essays on a wide number of available topics, or you may create a new topic of your own (such as 'how to milk a goat'). The readers of the essays compare one essay to another on the same topic so that the well written essays may rise to the top. There are also creative writing topics, where even poems may be entered. The writer for Helium earns a small amount for each essay depending on its popularity. In that way it works rather like Shvoong. If you are a beginning writer, Helium can be useful to you beyond the question of pay. Your writing will be compared to that of other writers writing on the same topic. If yours is well written, it will rise in the rankings, if poorly written, it will fall. That way you can see which of your writings is more effective. As for the 'pay' issue--- if you are a good writer and write quite a bit you may well make a nice bit of cash. You would make more with the same amount of time if you would use it to write a romance novel, but if you are not yet able to write a publishable novel this may give you a chance to do something with your writing skill that involves cash. It may be especially useful for skilled poets, as there is little market for even the best poetry.