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Who in the World is Dr. David Leader?

In Interviews on September 17, 2009 at 11:40 am

drleaderAfter practicing dentistry full time in Malden, Massachusetts for over twenty years, Dr. David Leader was able to land a teaching position at the prestigious Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston.

Now, Dr Leader will begin studying in September, for a Master’s degree with a concentration in Health Communications at Tufts University Medical School’s Department of Public Health.  He says that in the month he receives his degree, his son, AC Contributor Andrew Leader, will graduate from The Cooper Union in New York City, and his daughter, Allison, will graduate from Essex Agricultural and Technical High School in Danvers, Ma.  This busy dad, dentist, guitar player and politics enthusiast made some time to share some thoughts with on The AC Weekly:

SK: How did you get started with writing for AC?
DL: I explored Associated Content after seeing an ad for writers on Craigslist in May 2005.  I write a column for The Malden Observer, a town weekly owned by the Boston Herald.  My editor pointed out that I own the copy rights on my articles.  He recommended that I use them in some gainful way.  Associated Content seemed like a great platform.

I submitted all of my articles to AC by June.  It became a habit.  I began submitting every article I wrote to AC when appropriate.

SK: What inspired you to join?
DL: I joined Associated Content when I examined the site and found that there were some authors who wrote at a high level.  I wished to be part of that group.

SK: Your favorite content category to browse at work is:
DL: I enjoy reviews of motorbikes including motorcycles and scooters, motorcycle accessories, recommended routes, and motorcycle and scooter clubs.  Of course, I read a great deal about health and wellness.

SK: Do you write for other online sites or publications, or do you publish exclusively on AC?

DL: I write for the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society, The Scleroderma Foundation, and The Malden Observer.  I have written for many other web sites and publications.  Interestingly, I have gotten some writing and consulting business from people and companies who read my articles on Associated Content.

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


Summary of AC’s Social Media Happy Hour 9.15

In AC News on September 15, 2009 at 10:54 pm

AC Jelena and AC Darnell hosted the Social Media Happy Hour on AC tonight, and answered some of the pressing questions Contributors have about Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and spamming 101.

If you missed Happy Hour or want to catch up on the details, here’s a summary* of the session:

*note: some responses from AC Jelena have been paraphrased for easy reading

What’s the value of Twitter?
AC Jelena:
Building relationships, increasing the chances of your content going viral, and engaging in an active community.

What is your opinion on sharing links on Facebook?
AC Jelena: The top link-sharing website, but you need to engage with the community on a regular basis. Facebook is a ‘more personalized version of Twitter’ but it’s still important to engage regularly.

What is your opinion on sharing links on Social bookmarking sites?
AC Jelena: You don’t need to use your own profile, less personal. Social bookmarking sites are more about voting, What is your opinion on sharing links on sharing and engaging in the community.

What is your opinion on sharing links on MySpace?
AC Jelena: MySpace is one of the few social sites that still uses follow links that may provide some indexing benefits for articles

What is the line between networking and spamming?
AC Jelena: 4:1 ratio for sites like Twitter, Facebook, etc.
20:1 ratio for StumbleUpon

Check out the terms of use/networking guidelines for each site so you aren’t guilty of spamming.

Is there a difference in using AC-based sharing tools vs. manual submissions?
AC Jelena: There isn’t a difference in the tools, and the AC sharing tool will be modified in the near future.

Which third-party Twitter applications do you prefer?
AC Jelena: You don’t always need the bells and whistles of applications like HootSuite or Tweetdeck, but I prefer to update it directly from my browser.
(AC Darnell) uses Tweetdeck because he finds it easier to keep track of groups, RT and use various functions

What can you say about the value of Yahoo! Buzz?
AC Jelena: A lot of users on Yahoo! Buzz (and Mixx) are a mix of frustrated Digg users and they generally don’t cater to the young, tech-savvy user.

How important do you think it is to use the same pen name, avatar, etc. across different networks and social networking sites?
AC Jelena: If you’re not comfortable disclosing your real name, it’s important to maintain some level of consistency with the same username and/or profile information.

How much of your personal life should you post on social sites? Read the rest of this entry »

Who in the World is Kay Whittenhauer?

In Interviews on September 10, 2009 at 12:24 am

100_0214She’s a busy office administrator at a non-profit organization by day, a mom, a wife, and a dog owner who isn’t ashamed to share her love for her Beagle right here on AC.

Kay Whittenhauer is making waves on AC territory with her articles about holidays, crafts, parenting and health since April ’07 and this Rochester-based writer has earned the Top 1000 award.

I caught up with Kay to find out how she got started with AC, what she’s reading, and whose work she’s most inspired by:

SK: How did you get started with writing for AC?
KW: After graduating from college and not finding a job as a writer, I gave up on it. Fast forward to the year I turned 40: I thought, “How dumb to give up. Try again.” I’m glad I did.

SK: What inspired you to join?
KW: Mid-life crisis? No, change that to: following my dreams! Read the rest of this entry »

Who in the World is Jeffrey Weeks?

In Interviews on September 2, 2009 at 8:00 am

jeffreymugHe’s the weekly columnist for the Brunswick Beacon newspaper in North Carolina and an award-winning freelance writer with a passion for saltwater fishing and popular entertainment.

Jeffrey Weeks is also a prolific Contributor on AC, and has been drumming up articles about seafood, music, movies, and entertainment reviews since April 2009. He’s also one of AC’s ‘Rising Stars’ for 2009.

I caught up with this busy dad, writer and fishing enthusiast to find out who in the world Jeffrey Weeks really is…

SK: How did you get started with writing for AC?
JW: I’ve written for a local newspaper for years and started up a blog. Lots of fishing reports, updates on my girls, and entertainment commentary. I wanted to do some really long posts on it, but didn’t want to clutter it up. AC was perfect. I can do my short stuff on my blog and link to the long stuff on AC!

SK: What inspired you to join?
JW: It’s a very cool name. I like to feel associated. It’s better than feeling disconnected.

SK: Your favorite content category to browse at work is:
JW: Arts and Entertainment. I’m a huge fan of Joss Whedon (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame) and a lot of actors and actresses associated with sci-fi/fantasy stuff. I love the shows Smallville, Fringe, and Dollhouse—and the cancelled shows Buffy, Angel, and Firefly. Allison Mack is a goddess.

SK: Do you write for other online sites or publications, or do you publish exclusively on AC? Read the rest of this entry »