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The Daily Find: 10 Things Everyone Should Do in 2008

In The Daily Find on January 31, 2008 at 1:00 pm

 The Article: 10 Things Everyone Should Do in 2008

The Author: Yvonne Glasgow

Why It’s Worth a Read:  With only 11 months left of 2008, you need might need a refresher on this year’s resolutions.  Make sure at least one of the ten in this article are making their way on your to-do list.

Who in the World is Mike Street?

In Interviews on January 31, 2008 at 7:00 am

picture-5Day after day, he toils away on making the AC community a happy and friendly place – well, for the most part.

Mike Street is the Director of Community Development for AC in NYC, and encourages all of us to play nice on Associated Content by networking with other CPs, commenting on articles, and contributing great content.

When he’s not taming the lions on the AC Forums, you’ll probably catch him baking, spinning music, playing with his latest techie toys, or blogging on GreasyGuide.com.

I caught up with Mike recently – actually managed to stop him from hacking his iPod Touch just for a minute – so he would answer some Q&As, and we could all learn what in the world Mike Street does at AC:

S: How long have you been with AC, and how did you find the opportunity?

M: Well I have been with AC for almost a year and half now. I was a CP back in 2005 and really loved the business model. So being a web junkie myself having created the Broadband department of BET.com I felt that joining AC was the next natural step in my career as a web super hero.

S: How often do you read AC content just for fun?

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Weekly Roundup: Taking Care of Business

In Weekly Roundup on January 30, 2008 at 7:00 am

With tax season right around the corner, it may be high time to save those hard-earned dollars, cash in on some great deals, and straighten out those finances for good.  Here are a few suggestions from fellow CPs:

Start by saving time and let out that Scream If You Hate Mail in Rebates, courtesy of Stephen Joltin.

Need some extra money?  Dig up those old Rice Krisipies and find out why Old Cereal Boxes Can Be Worth Big Money, courtesy of LoonCreative.

Or, sell some stuff!  Judy-N brings offers some helpful tips with Garage Sales 101.

Are the Fed Cuts Interest Rates; Too Little, Too High?  Read up on the details provided by Bob Z.

Opher Ganel shares A Little-Known Way to Cut Your Income Taxes with this helpful article.

If you need to brush up on promoting your work online, read up on How to Market Your Online Articles, courtesy of Angie Papple.

And when that money-making work day is stressing you out, take a sip of this Digital Martini, courtesy of CougarMutt.

AC News: Pam Gaulin Named Top Content Producer for 2007 AC People’s Media Awards

In AC News on January 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Well, the ol’ crystal ball seems to be working.

Associated Content has just announced the 2007 PMA Awards winners, with Pam Gaulin taking the top prize of $2,000.

Pam’s official Acceptance Speech offers inspiration and notes of ‘thanks’ to fellow CPs that have helped her reach her writing goals, and continue pursuing her craft on AC.
Text awards go to Michelle Devon (a.k.a. Michy), Rosa Hayes, and Jean Riva for a cash prize of $1,000 each.

AC also awarded the Best of AC Video to Aaron Jaffe, Best of AC Audio to Ken McCoy, Best of AC Slideshow to Aly Adair, Top Performing Text to Neph, and Top Performing Richmedia to Kelly Fleming for cash prizes of $1,000 each.

Lisa Gooder, the recently appointed VP of Community Development, explains that AC is honoring individuals who ‘capture the essence of what AC is all about’ in the official awards announcement.

Creative content, appealing to a wide audience, and bringing fresh persepectives to popular topics on the web are the strongest trends – and all evident in the top Content Producers’ work.

AC will also be honoring its Top 1000 Content Producers by adding a badge next to each CP’s profile.

The Daily Find: Is the Macbook Air Worth the Cost?

In The Daily Find on January 29, 2008 at 1:00 pm

800px-steve_jobs_with_macbook_air.jpgThe Article: Is the Macbook Air Worth the Cost?

The Author: tasloi

Why It’s Worth a Read: You’re toying with the idea of buying a new computer, and really are impressed with the super-slick Macbook.

Read up on all the features, benefits, and drawbacks of this laptop that’s less than 1-inch thick.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Matthew Yohe

Who in the World is Donna Porter?

In Interviews on January 29, 2008 at 7:00 am

donnaporterA professional writer, fishing enthusiast, and avid reader of AC’s latest content, Donna Porter can be found exploring AC territory more often than not – you may already have caught her comments and witty remarks on the forums.

This CP is one of AC’s most well-read content producers. She’s recently relocated to Arkansas and is determined to find an equivalent thrill to landing an 18 lb., 36-inch Salmon. I managed to find her amongst moving boxes and furniture to sneak in a few Q&As and learn who in the world Donna Porter really is.

S: How did you get started with writing for AC?

D: For several years I was largely a health writer but also did fair amount of business Web content, SEO optimization and Internet marketing fare. I had taken a lengthy hiatus and decided to take my writing career in a new direction, re-establish my skills and portfolio. Not long after I found AC.

S: Your favorite content category to browse at work:

D: I don’t know I have a favorite as I am so busy reading my favorite CPs articles and some news, I don’t browse much. If I did, it would likely be technology, humor or health.

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The Daily Find: Facts on Where We Were 100 Years Ago

In The Daily Find on January 28, 2008 at 1:00 pm

The Article:  Facts on Where We Were 100 Years Ago

The Author: Irene L.

Why It’s Worth a Read:    What was life really like without the Internet, iPods, Starbucks, and PDAs?  Here’s some insight on why women only washed their hair once a month, and the real population of Vegas before it became casino central.

AC Nuggets: Seven Deadly Mistakes of Writing for AC

In AC Nuggets on January 28, 2008 at 6:00 am

Struggling with developing just the right article?

When you’re searching for topics, crafting your story, and filling your masterpiece with just enough keywords, make sure your hard work will pay off. Many new CPs are turned off writing for AC when they start stocking up more declines than attractive offers, and it definitely can lower the motivation to keep writing.

Still, there are ways to avoid the ‘we cannot accept this…’ message by avoiding the top seven deadly mistakes. Here’s how:

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The Daily Find: Interesting Ways to Motivate Your Employees

In The Daily Find on January 27, 2008 at 1:00 pm

clown.jpgThe Article: Interesting Ways to Motivate Your Employees

The Author: Bruno Somerset

Why It’s Worth a Read: You’re tired of playing the cheerleader boss and need a way to get the team moving along. Pronto. Learn why ‘Come as a Clown Day’ is just one way to boost employee productivity.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Civertan

Who in the World is EHarmon?

In Interviews on January 27, 2008 at 7:00 am

This CP from Cincinnati has a strong following on AC with articles on cooking, travel, parenting, and tips on eating healthy.  She’s a full-time working mom with an 18-month old son, and is currently working on her Master’s degree.  

When E Harmon isn’t exploring AC for the latest articles, you’ll probably find her working on her art business with her husband.  How in the world does this CP squeeze in time to write for Associated Content?  I found out how this busy mom makes it all happen:

S:  How did you get started with writing for AC?

E: My husband and I had our first child in July of 2006 and I started graduate school the following year.  I knew that money would be tight and needed a way to bring in some extra income.  I honestly thought that AC was some sort of scam when I first found it in January 2007.  You mean I can really get paid to write about whatever I want to?  I love to write!  I have been hooked ever since.

S: Your favorite content category to browse at work:

E: I always look at the parenting section.  Raising my first child is a challenge and I can use all the advice I can get!

S:  Do you write for other online sites or publications, or are you an ‘AC lifer’?

E: I only write for AC.  I would love to write for other places, but I do not have the time so I’m loyal to AC for now.

S:  Your most popular/most commented/newsworthy article?

E: My article with the highest number of page views is How To Start The Biggest Loser Competition in Your Office.  My coworkers and I really did this so it was written from experience.  I know the success of the show has helped with the high page views.  I am pretty proud of the article My Space:  Incredible Resource or Necessary Evil? which was also written from experience.

S:  Name one website you visit at least once per day:

E: Associated Content and Facebook

S:  One reason why everyone who’s anyone should read your work?

E: I write about a very wide variety of topics, so much so that I am sure that anyone can find something of interest!  Oh, and I need the money . . .

S:  Your favorite form of caffeine?

E: Believe it or not, I drink very little caffeine. J  I do love Diet Coke but opt for the caffeine free kind!

S:  A favorite hobby when you’re not writing for AC:

E: Art.  My husband and I also have an art business as another side venture.  We call our art business HarmonArt.

S:  One pearl of wisdom for any AC Content Producer?

E: Don’t let negative comments about your articles bother you.  If you write about anything the least bit controversial it will happen.  Don’t worry about and be happy you got a page view from that person!

S:  Your favorite quote about writing or otherwise?

E: “Inconceivable!”  Vizinni in The Princess Bride.