Creative types have a new option for turning their efforts into income online. Open Salon, now out of private beta, allows anyone to post their work after a quick registration.
Top-notch posts could get an Editor's Pick tag and front-page promotion.
Salon says it will call out for posts on particular topics, and that it is "always looking for original content (words, images or video) that fit the following categories: politics, personal memoir, images (photographs, illustrations, cartoons, etc.), first-person accounts, television, movies and books."
The current front-page posts fit those themes, with items such as an MSNBC video clip (via YouTube) titled "Limbaugh: Blame Elizabeth Edwards' smart mouth," and a written post titled "Olympics or porn?" There's a good deal of topical news commentary
By contrast, featured articles on Google's Knol are (so far) typically scholarly guide-type postings, such as "Origin of the Solar System"
I'm interested to see how both these post-for-pay sites fare, but I have one minor bone to pick. Salon describes the current site as a public beta, with a hoped-for official launch later this year. Seriously, enough with the CYA qualifier. If a site is open to the public, it's version 1.0. That goes for you too, Gmail.