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AC’s Haiti Relief Content Drive Extended

In AC News on January 25, 2010 at 2:32 am

Hundreds of Contributors have already submitted content about Haiti relief efforts after the devastation in Haiti these past few weeks, and Associated Content is picking up its donation strategy by extending the Haiti Relief Content Drive call for submissions to January 26, 2010.

You still have a few days to pick up this assignment, and AC will still send $5 + a Performance Payment match to the International Rescue Committee.

More information about AC’s donations through IRC can be found on the AC Blog.

Need some inspiration? Check out the work of these AC Contributors to get started.


Congrats to All PMA 2009 Winners!

In AC News on January 25, 2010 at 2:30 am

Associated Content announced the Contributors of the Year and Content of the Year for the 2009 PMAs this past Friday, so be sure to congratulate each award winner and take a look at some of their latest submissions!

Missed the PMA 2009 announcement?

Here’s the scoop on this year’s winner’s circle:

Contributors of the Year

Contributor of the Year: Crystal Ray

Community Spirit Award: Lyn Lomasi

News Contributor of the Year: Saul Relative

Rookie of the Year: Juniper Russo Tarascio

Audio / Video Contributor of the Year: Tiffany Pridgen

Content of the Year

Galapagos Islands Threatened by the Wrong Kind of TourismBrad Sylvester

Confessions of a Bone Collector Rochelle Connery

Challenge for Metro Detroit Charities: Fewer Donors, More People in Need Michael Thompson

A Widow’s View on the U.S. Health Care DebateB.L. Boitson

Coping with a Child’s Cancer Diagnosis Maria Roth

AC also recognized a piece by Betsy Malone, Say Yes to Happiness. Betsy passed away on November 17, 2009. Associated Content is making a donation to in her honor.

Meet AC Rockstar Tamara Waters

In Interviews on January 12, 2010 at 6:47 pm

If you’re a regular AC Forumite, you’ve probably already caught this AC Rockstar patrolling the boards with almost-daily updates. Tamara Waters is a Featured Home Improvment Contributor and Featured Arts and Entertainment Contribtor, and has published over 370 pieces of content to date.

She’s been with AC since 2006 and has become one of AC’s most prolific Contributors. I caught up with Ms. Waters to find out what she’s busy writing about these days, and why she’s stuck with AC for so long…

SK: How long did it take you to become an AC addict?

TW: I actually signed up and started publishing in January, 2006. I published a few articles then life interrupted and I stopped writing for awhile. In late 2007 I decided to start writing again and then started writing more regularly in April/May 2008. It was during the late spring/early summer of 2008 that I started getting serious about what writing on AC. By the time I received a Top 1000 badge in January 2009 I was hopelessly addicted.

SK: Why have you stuck with AC for so long?

TW: I like the fact that AC is quite versatile. I can write whatever I want and earn limitless money. I like having the opportunity to earn upfront payments on my articles. I’ve found some great friends thanks to AC and even though there are things that I get frustrated with about AC, it is still my favorite publishing platform.

SK: Out of all of the topics you write about, how do you decide which ones to develop or focus on in any given month?

TW: I really have no rhyme or reason – I do a combination of targeted calls, partner calls and general assignments (when there are any that strike my fancy) as well as DO articles that I simply enjoy writing. I always write home improvement articles in a given month – probably because I’m a Category Editor for the Home Improvement section.

SK: If you could start your AC writing career over again, what is the one thing you would do differently?

TW: I would learn more about writing for the web at the beginning. I had no clue when I first started. I would probably also get into the Forum and learn the ropes – my time spent there has been invaluable for helping me grow as a writer.

SK: Do you use any social media tools to promote your content? If so, which ones? Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Roundup: Healthy Starts for 2010

In Weekly Roundup on January 7, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Happy New Year to all AC’ers and readers! Many Contributors have been publishing some great health and fitness content that may just help you get 2010 off to a healthy start. Here are just a few great pieces to help you keep those New Year’s resolutions this year…

How to Hire the RIGHT Personal Trainer by Dr. A. B.

How to Diet with a Busy Schedule by j c

Tips to Fit Stretching into Your Workout by John Greaves

How to Save Money on Gym Memberships in the New Year by Stephanie Bell

SparkPeople 2010 Boot Camp: Lose Weight and Get in Shape by E Harmon

How You Can Gain Muscle Every Week by Jack Bishop

How to Keep Your New Years Resolution by Amanda Talbott

Healthy Weight Loss for Your Spirit by Melanie Walker

Motivational Tools for Losing Weight by Susan Vanden Berg