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Who in the World is Shannon Lausch?

In Interviews on March 25, 2009 at 4:00 pm

blackandwhiteimg_0683She’s a fresh graduate of North Central College with a degree in Political Science. Shannon Lausch says her dream job is to be an archivist at a presidential museum, but in the meantime, she’s having fun with freelance writing and exploring topics such as education, journalism, science fiction, arts and entertainment, and more on AC.

I caught up with Shannon to find out how this talented writer broke into freelance writing, and who she’s currently reading in the AC community:

SK: How did you get started with writing for AC?
SL: I was browsing Freelance Writing Gigs and the writers there were discussing Associated Content. I was all like “Oooh, what’s that?” and decided to check it out.

SK: Your favorite content category to browse at work:

SL: I like to browse the history and education pages. I also usually check
out whatever is featured on the main page.

SK: Do you write for other online sites or publications or only on AC?
SL: I write for Demand Studios as well as for private clients. I’ve recently started writing fiction thanks to the fun contests over at Accentuate Writers. Making stuff up is much more fun than writing factual articles.

SK: Your most popular/most commented/newsworthy article? Read the rest of this entry »

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Weekly Roundup: Celebrate Spring with the Spring Cleaning Bug

In Weekly Roundup on March 24, 2009 at 4:36 pm

It’s officially Spring which means it’s high time you cleaned off those cobwebs, reorganized the closets and downsized garage inventory for the warmer months ahead.

Get motivated with these spring cleaning tips from AC writers across the board:

How to Survive Spring Cleaning with Allergies by Deborah Maher

Spring Cleaning for Busy Lifestyles by Angie H.

Simple and Quick Spring Cleaning Ideas by Jenne Joy

Making Spring Cleaning a Breeze – Bathrooms by Robin Costello

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your House by Grace Ann Harmony

Green Spring Cleaning Guide by Mary Zeiher

Spring Cleaning Can Relieve Stress by Jennie DellaMonica

Who in the World is Cathy Montville?

In Interviews on March 20, 2009 at 8:00 am

ac-new-bio-176While she takes her writing and entreprenurial endeavors very, very seriously, this AC writer isn’t shy about kicking back with some beer and poker; especially if she’s winning her husband’s money.

A self-proclaimed ghost hunter and haunted house enthusiast, Cathy Montville is working her way around the web to share articles about holidays, travel, ghosts, spirituality, relationships and more. She’s also one of the newest Category Editors on AC.

I grabbed a spot at the poker table to catch this busy writer in action, and to ask her a few questions about life on AC territory:

SK: How did you get started with writing for AC?
CAM: AC was actually where I went to read while I was at work. After a month of discovering some fabulous writers, I decided to try my hand at writing after several years on hiatus.

SK: Your favorite content category to browse at work:
CAM: I love the Lifestyle section and especially the sub categories, but I also adore History, Holidays and Prose.

SK: Do you write for other online sites or publications or only on AC?
CAM: I write at Helium to keep my writing stars up, but AC is my main outlet.

SK: Your most popular/most commented/newsworthy article?
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Who in the World is Rodney Southern?

In Interviews on March 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm

cowboyYou might remember this CP in the spotlight in early 2008 with his winning entry for the ‘Ultimate Call for Content’ contest. Rodney Southern has been a part of the AC world since July ’07 and is among the Top 1000 Content Producers for 2008.  He’s been writing about movies, parenting, medical news and drumming up a slew of how-to articles over the years.

Besides being a prolific CP, Rodney is a full-time Dad, husband and freelance writer. I caught up with this busy cowboy to find out who in the world Rodney Southern really is:

SK: How did you get started with writing for AC?
RS: Originally, I was just surfing around the good old web, and came across an article by Pam Gaulin.  It was very well done, and I reached out to her.  Soon thereafter, I signed up and began my AC journey.

SK: Your favorite content category to browse at work:
RS: Well, I am a full time freelancer so I work from the house.  My biological dad was not around very much when I was a kid, and I always promised myself that I would not make those mistakes with my kids.  I got lucky, and was able to keep that promise through writing.  That said, I am constantly looking through the Entertainment, Religion, and Sports categories.  Also, any articles about animals or reptiles.  Love snakes and spiders!

SK: Do you write for other online sites or publications or only on AC?
RS: I currently have a ton of outside clients, and also work for Demand Studios, Ehow, Helium (some), Hubpages, and three blogs.  Most of my work now is through direct clients though as the money is much better.

SK: Your most popular/most commented/newsworthy article? Read the rest of this entry »

Who in the World is Suzanne Alicie?

In Interviews on March 4, 2009 at 8:00 am

suzanne-alicieShe’s a Mom and homeschool teacher who works from home in the real estate industry. Suzanne Alicie joined AC in late October 2008 and has since drummed up over 100 articles on family, childcare, gardening and health. You might have run into her on the AC Forums or playing on Facebook. She’s a self-confessed Dr. Pepper addict, and enjoys spending time reading at the lakefront. Aaah, the sweet life.

I caught up with Suzanne to find out what enjoys most about being a part of the AC community:

SK: How did you get started with writing for AC?
SA: I was looking online for a way to make a little extra money, and came across an AC article about non-scam writing opportunities, and AC was the first one on the list. I had absolutely no knowledge of web content writing, but I jumped in with both feet because it was such a great opportunity. I was excited about the upfront payments, but have come to see the future benefits of page view payments as well.

SK: Your favorite content category to browse at work:
SA: I spend a lot of time reading up on real estate matters because of my main job, I like to stay on top of things, but for fun, my favorite is gardening.

SK: Do you write for other online sites or publications or only on AC?

SA: Besides AC I write for Demand Studios, eHow, Bright Hub and have a few others in the works.

SK: Your most popular/most commented/newsworthy article? Read the rest of this entry »

AC Featured in the Wall Street Journal

In AC News on March 3, 2009 at 8:00 am

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If you didn’t pick up the Wall Street Journal on March 3, be sure to read the article online here! (or click on the image above)

Associated Content is featured among a handful of other sites that allow people to make money online.  You’ll find a quote from me in there, and some information from Luke Beatty, Founder and CEO of Associated Content.

Post your thoughts and feedback in the comments below.

Weekly Roundup: American Idol Fever

In Weekly Roundup on March 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Oscar season is officially over but you may be glued to the TV set for the lineup of celebrities-to-be on American Idol.  The show is one of the most-searched-for topics on Google and AC, and there are plenty of CPs sharing their insights and show summaries.  Keep up with the latest singing sensations with this roundup of must-read American Idol articles:

American Idol’s Race to the Top 12 by Christina Litster

American Idol: Lack of Screen Time = Lack of Votes by Margaret Kerr

American Idol’s Final Season? by William Sidney

‘American Idol’ is Broken – Here’s How to Fix It by Kathryn Nichols

American Idol Sinks to a New Low by Stephanie Modkins

Does American Idol Have One Too Many Judges? by lola Reneau

American Idol Birthday Party Tips and Ideas by Hunter