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Weekly Roundup – A Few Good Labor Day Reads

In Weekly Roundup on August 31, 2008 at 10:51 pm

As you relax and enjoy some well-deserved vacation time this Labor Day, read up on some holiday-themed articles from fellow CPs:

Sharpen your Labor Day know-how with Labor Day:  Why We Celebrate, courtesy of Lucinda Pyatt.

Grab those dancing shoes and work on your country dance routine with the Top 25 Country Music Dance Songs for Your Labor Day Party Weekend, courtesy of Aly Adair.

Evette exercises a few creative skills with this short and fun Labor Day acrostic poem.

Already over the Labor Day celebration fiascos?  Count down to Oktoberfest 2008 right around the corner, and read up on the basics from Irene Lynn.

If you’re heading out on Labor Day travels this year, pick up some money-saving tips from Christi Bowers in Labor Day Travel: How to Save Money.

Read up on even more Labor Day history with Labor Day and It’s Modern Meanings, courtesy of DancingMooney.

In charge of planning the day of festivities?  Read up on these Labor Day Party Theme Ideas from Stephanie Dray.

When you’re spending Labor Day with the kids or grandkids, book yourself a day of fun activities with these Labor Day Crafts for Children, courtesy of Brandi Thornsberry.

Who in the World is Ann Olson?

In Who in the World? on August 13, 2008 at 6:00 am

ann olsonDetermined not to fit into the stereotype of a ‘fluff’ web content writer, this CP is busy producing “weird and obscure” content for AC.

She’s half-Korean and is fulfilling her dreams to become a published author by building her writing skills on Associated Content.  If you haven’t read any of Ann Olson’s work lately, make a point of checking in with this talented contributor.

Here’s Ann’s take on life as a content-producing maven:

SK: What first got you interested in writing for AC?

AO: Despite the fact that I am very childless, I used to frequent the WAHM.com boards, and one of the regulars on there mentioned AC.  I didn’t believe her at first, so my account sat dormant for a couple of months.  I decided I’d give it a whirl again in November, and I ended up liking it very, very much.

SK: Your favorite content category to browse at work:

AO: I just randomly click on pretty avatars and read away.

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

AO: I used to write for a couple of other sites when I was in high school.  I was a big writing junkie back in the day (and by back in the day, I mean 3 years ago).  Right now I’m pretty much your typical AC lifer, but I do write for a couple of other places.  Just not as frequently.

SK: What is your most popular article, and your inspiration for writing it?

AO: Around half a year ago I wrote an absolutely heart-wrenching piece called “Help, My Poop is Green!“.  I’ll make this short, but my cat and his shenanigans put me up to it.

SK: Another CP’s article that has really inspired you?

AO: E’s fascinating article about tic tacs inspired me to leave the house for extended periods of time.

SK: Three CPs you’re raving about right now:

AO: Shamontiel absolutely deserves a mention for her ability to really dig into societal and personal issues most people wouldn’t have the guts to talk about.  I also think Fabletoo deserves a mention because she offers a truly intimate look into Thailand.  I admit I’m a bit biased since I’m a bit of an asianphile.  Charlie Bradley, who was already featured on here, deserves a mention also because he writes about subjects most of us would be embarrassed to mention.  Heck yeah!

SK: Name a website you visit at least once per day:

AO: Just one?  Actually, I’ll give you a bunch!  I visit AC daily, of course, but I heavily frequent Sherdog.com, Livejournal.com (I’ve blogged there since I was 14), and a couple of health-related boards.  You’ll never find me on message boards, though.  I participate in stealth.  I go by a lot of weird names.

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

AO: I like the weird, the obscure, and the…well, weird.  I also refuse to publish articles with fluff, so expect lots of delicious information.  Ann always equals quality weird stuff.

SK: Your favorite form of caffeine?

AO: Right now I have four cases of Diet Dr. Pepper in my pantry.  If I’m awake, I’m drinking it.  Sometimes I drink sugarfree Red Bull for an extra kick.

SK: Your favorite hobby outside of writing for AC?

AO: Some of my relatives say my favorite hobby is inhaling bowls of ramen, but when I’m not writing and inhaling ramen, I’m usually married to my PS3.  I also weightlift for the pure hell of it.  I also watch MMA, some professional wrestling, and Korean comedy shows.

SK: Your favorite quote about writing or otherwise?

AO: I don’t remember quotes too well.

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

AO: Don’t ignore the advice given by the regulars.  They’re right 99.99% of the time.

Weekly Roundup: Olympics 2008 Fever Hits AC

In Weekly Roundup on August 11, 2008 at 6:00 am

If you missed the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Beijing, fear not.  Many a CP managed to capture the moment and then some, and Olympic Fever has officially hit AC headquarters.  This week’s roundup is a list of great articles that offer some unique perspectives on this summer’s grand event:

Learn about the scandals and controversy about the opening ceremonies in The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony: Scandals and True Talent Sure to Impress, courtesy of Laura Acevado.

Enjoy this play-by-play of the kickoff with 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies Begins Amid Political Fireworks, courtesy of saul relative.

msands gives us some tips on making the most of this year’s games with the Parent’s Guide: Watching the 2008 Summer Olympics with Kids.

Sean Anderson gives us some insights about the scandals with China Divulges Partial Truth about Tibet as Olympics Approach.

Mark Whittington offers his take on the games with The Beijing Olympic Games Begin.

If you’ve been curious about the architecture of The National Stadium, learn more with The 2008 Olympics – the ‘Bird’s Nest’, courtesy of Carolyn M. Kenney.

You won’t find actual hyperlinks in this article by M. Nurrizqi Putro Utomo, but you will find a great roundup of websites to keep you in touch with the latest news and commentary about the Olympics.  Be sure to bookmark 2008 Olympics – Best Websites to Follow the Olympics.

Making the Most of the AC Community

In Writing for AC on August 10, 2008 at 6:00 am

The AC Community is a great place to share your ideas, pick up tips on writing for AC and promote your work.  If you’re not already active on the forums, you can head over to the ‘General Discussions’ and ‘The Workshop’ for some great insights and input from veteran CPs. 

Checking in with the AC Community at least once per week will keep you in touch with the latest news on AC, feedback from content managers and give you a chance to learn from other CPs. 

Here are some other ways to make the most of the AC Community:

  1. Introduce yourself!  If you’ve recently joined AC, don’t be shy about introducing yourself in the ‘Newbie’ section.   Get involved with the AC community with a positive start, and post some information about yourself.  Many CPs will post back for your official ‘AC Welcome!’
  2. Engage in constructive criticism.  Avoid getting caught in negativity on the forums, especially if you’re just starting out.  If you have some constructive criticism to share, feel free to post but be prepared for sometimes ‘too honest’ feedback on your work as well.  
  3. Tune in for Sam’s Happy Hour.
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The Daily Find: Yamba – the Hidden Jewel of New South Wales

In The Daily Find on August 9, 2008 at 6:11 am

The Article: Yamba- the Hidden Jewel of New South Wales

The Author: Jenny Brewer

Why It’s Worth a Read: Because you never knew this corner of paradise even existed. And yes, it’s in Australia.

The Daily Find: Baby Cut Carrots – What They Really Cost

In The Daily Find on August 8, 2008 at 7:00 am

The Article: Baby Cut Carrots – What They Really Cost You is Nutrition

The Author: Pam Gaulin

Why It’s Worth a Read:  Because they look so innocent!

The Daily Find: How to Repair a Water Damaged Cell Phone for Free

In The Daily Find on August 7, 2008 at 1:25 am

The Article: How to Repair a Water Damaged Cell Phone for Free

The Author: Rich Jones

Why It’s Worth a Read:  You’ve dropped your cell phone in the kitchen sink again.  Here’s everything you need to know about reviving your favorite gadget.

The Daily Find: How to Use Amazon Kindle – Shortcut Keys

In The Daily Find on August 6, 2008 at 1:20 pm

The Article: How to Use Amazon Kindle – Shortcut Keys

The Author: Chris Matier

Why It’s Worth a Read: You’ve finally forked over the $$ for an Amazon Kindle but still aren’t up to speed onturning ‘pages’.  Or playing Minesweeper.  Use this article as your trusty guide.

AC Nuggets – Article Ideas List for the ‘Best of AC’ Awards

In AC Nuggets on August 6, 2008 at 6:00 am

AC’s recent announcement of the Best of AC Awards has hundreds of CPs researching away on the month’s key topics:  Back to School, Entertainment and the Olympics 2008. 

If you’re anxious to win but can’t drum up any article ideas, here’ s a list of topics and headlines to help you get started with the Back to School and Entertainment categories:

Back to School Topics

  1. Tips on Buying Back to School Supplies in (your city)
  2. How to Prepare Your Child for their First Back to School Season
  3. Ways to Get Up Early for Back to School Season
  4. Top Ten Ways to Save Money on Back to School Shopping
  5. How to Avoid the Crowds for Back to School Shopping in (your city)
  6. Top Fashion Trends for Tweens – Back to School 2008
  7. Top Fashion Trends for Teenage Boys – Back to School 2008
  8. How to Prepare Preschoolers for Back to School Season
  9. Healthy Lunch Choices for Back to School Season
  10. How to Save Money on Back to School Clothing

Entertainment Topics

  1. Top Five Family Comedy Shows for Fall 2008
  2. Top 10 New Shows on NBC for Fall 2008
  3. Top 10 New Shows on CBS for Fall 2008
  4. Top 10 New Shows on ABC for Fall 2008
  5. Best Disney Movie Releases for Fall 2008
  6. Best Cartoon Movie Releases for Fall and Winter 2008
  7. Top Six Reality TV Shows to Look Out for in Fall 2008
  8. Where to Find an IMAX Theater in (your town)
  9. Where to Catch Broadway Shows in (your town)
  10. Top Fashion Trends from High School Musical

Make sure your article is searchable and uses at least 2-3 keywords or keyphrases related to your topic; it’s an easy way to snag a spot on the front page of features!

More information about the Awards can be found here:  The Best of AC Awards

 

 

The Daily Find: Bargain Shopping in Hong Kong’s Main Markets

In The Daily Find on August 5, 2008 at 6:17 am

The Article: Bargain Shopping in Hong Kong’s Main Markets

The Author: Laura Acevedo

Why It’s Worth a Read:  Since you’ve been anxious to get your hands on a silk tapestry and Chinese crafts, sharpen those bargain-hunting skills with these helpful tips.