Who in the World is Carol Bengle Gilbert?

In Interviews on February 13, 2008 at 6:00 am

carol-bengleShe’s the creative, inquisitive, and talented CP who’s sharing articles on travel, business, and government antics on AC. Tenacious and dedicated are just two ways to describe Carol Bengle Gilbert as she shares this story:

“I once decided that a gaggle of Brownie Scouts could build 14 foot parade giants from chickenwire and paper mache, and it was me who refused to abandon the project when our prototype giant flopped over and caved in on itself. And yes, we eventually did end up with 2 functioning parade giants! When I set my heart on doing something, it happens.”

Years after her Brownie Scout days, I had an opportunity to catch this busy CP and learn who in the world Carol Bengle Gilbert is up to these days:

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

C: I was looking for online writing gigs and came upon a reference to AC. My initial thought was that I’d use it for a few clips and as a secondary market, but the overwhelming reaction from fellow Content Producers kept me writing exclusively for AC for a year. So many people made positive comments on my articles or emailed me to express anything from appreciation to admiration to requests for additional information. In a very short time, I had people telling me that I was one of the more influential writers on the site and a positive role model; that took me by surprise. That human element makes AC very special.

S: Your favorite content category to browse at work:

No Passport, No Ticket, No Plane, No Problem, but if you judge it by the number of page views then this one is the most popular: 2008 Presidential Election -Can This Survey Determine Who You Should Vote For?

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

C: AC.

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

C: How can anyone claim to be anyone if he doesn’t know where to find goldfish in the toilet tank in Paris or how to gain admittance to the Safe House in Milwaukee? People can learn these things and even the obscure story of the scalawag who lost his sock in Lauterbach, something that cannot be found elsewhere (travel guides which refer to the story skip the details and incorrectly attribute the source as the Brothers Grimm) by reading my AC page.

My writing reflects my quirky travel experiences, and I have had some unusual things happen to me when traveling. …Like the time an ordinary business trip was disrupted when persons unknown published in a newspaper that my colleagues and I were undercover FBI agents sneaking into Israel under false pretenses and caused a stir at the Consulate; or how ongoing transportation glitches in Central American conspired with kidnapping and robbery to turn a friend and I into bus hijackers; or getting back to my most commented upon article, how I started out with no passport and no plane ticket yet managed to achieve what I was told was impossible, flying home during the height of the air traffic controllers’ strike.

In Guide to the Top Five Activities We Regret Missing Along the Fairy Tale Road in Germany, I even wrote about the travel experiences I didn’t have but wished I did- how’s that for a unique angle on a travel article?

No one seems to agree on just what quality makes my writing desirable, but it does generate enthusiasm. In the People’s Media Awards of 2007, I was nominated for Content Producer of the Year and 6 of my articles were individually nominated for Article of the Year:

Summer Job with the CIA or Not?,

Pornographic Hijacking – How to Remove Your Name from Pornographic Search Links

Why and Where to Buy a Rain Barrel

Teaching Business Skills to Child Entrepreneurs

The Downside of Spontaneous Travel

Simple New Years Resolutions for the Planet Earth

Unrelated to AC, my essay Dream Star Copenhagen was a finalist in the Hans Christian Andersen Year 2004 competition.

S: Your favorite form of caffeine?

C: Cappuccino by the bowlful.

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

C: Reading

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

C: Don’t stress about the day to day aggravations like the malfunctioning templates or the disappearing photos. Keep the big picture in mind.

  1. I really enjoyed learning more about you, Carol! This was a great interview. Keep up the good work on AC.

  2. Very interesting interview. I’m also a big fan of Carol’s writing. 🙂

  3. Nice interview. I always enjoy reading Carol’s work.

  4. Sexy shot of you!

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