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Who in the World is Heather Adams?

In Who in the World? on February 25, 2009 at 8:00 am

heather-adamsThis North Dakota native was a music major in college and actually hid the fact that she could write from the newspaper.  However, her creative talents took over and she now works for the local newspaper as a reporter.  Heather K. Adams is also making her rounds on Associated Content, turning out articles about parenting, music, cooking, health and education and other lifestyle topics.

She says she is now addicted to writing, and is working her way up to becoming a professional freelance writer. I caught up with Heather to find out how she fuels her caffeine addiction, and her best picks of noteworthy CPs:

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

HA: Actually, it was someone who knew Sabah who got me started on AC! I’m a reporter for my local weekly newspaper, and he encouraged me to read Sabah’s content on AC. It took me a while to get into the groove of things, but soon I was hooked.

SK: Your favorite content category to browse at work:

HA: Since I work at a newspaper, news is my favorite category to browse at work. That way, if I get “caught”, it’s at least related to my line of work. I can’t imagine what kind of grief I would get for reading one of Kelly Spies’ articles on sex toys at work!

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

HA: Not really. I’ve posted a couple articles on Constant Content, which were accepted right away, but they are just collecting dust. I’ve started looking into other venues, but I’m content at AC for now.

SK: Your most popular/most commented/newsworthy article?

HA: Sexual Abuse of Toddlers: Six Behavioral Signs to Look for in Your Child I have mixed feelings about my best performer. It was such a difficult article to write because it was so personal. I shed many tears when I was writing it, but I felt the need to get the information out there to help other parents who have found themselves in the same situation. When I check the page views every update, I’m torn as well. On one hand, I’m happy that my article is helping so many parents, but on the other, it’s sickening that so many people need the advice offered in that article.

My next highest evergreen performer is Lost Tampon: Symptoms, Removal Tips, and Prevention.  Make of that what you will!

SK:  Name one website you visit at least once per day: Read the rest of this entry »

Who in the World is Tamara Waters?

In Who in the World? on February 22, 2009 at 10:00 am

head-shot-try-this-oneAs a young girl, this CP would write up her own family newspapers using a toy typewriter for Christmas.  Flash forward a few decades, and she’s cranking out articles about personal finance, home decorating, holidays, education, crafts and history.  She’s a homeschooling Mom who’s happy to share she’s kinda quirky;  I managed to catch up with Tamara Waters to find out how she got started on AC, and who she’s reading right now…

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

TW: I saw an ad on freelancewriting.com for a website looking for content writers. I checked it out and decided I wanted to give it a go. That was in January 2006.

SK: Your favorite content category to browse at work:

TW: Well, I work at home, but when I browse I like Lifestyle, Crafts & Hobbies and Parenting.

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

TW: I write a weekly column for a local newspaper. I write for PNN – Personal News Network (frugal advice and money saving tips) I’ve just started writing for Demand Studios and eHow.

SK: Your most popular/most commented/newsworthy article?

TW: Hmmm, I’ve had almost 10,000 hits on an article I did on teaching kids about Easter, but I’ve had plenty of comments from real, live people about a tongue-in-cheek piece I wrote about dealing with a zombie infestation in your own community.

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

TW: The USGS earthquake tracker – I’m just quirky that way.

SK: Three CPs that have inspired you/whose work you enjoy reading regularly: Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Who in the World is Luke Beatty?

In Who in the World? on August 4, 2008 at 6:00 am

luke-beattyBelieve it or not, there’s a real live person behind the online media giant we now know as Associated Content.

With a passion for building a marketplace of  quality web content, Luke Beatty has attracted a diverse community of writers, poets, and media gurus – a.k.a. Content Producers – to AC, allowing CPs to not only publish, but also profit from their work.

When he’s not busy reading the featured articles in the Health section or working out at the gym, Mr. Beatty is working hard to take AC to new heights.

Whether you’re a veteran CP or a newbie to the world of AC, here’s your chance to tip your hat to AC’s Founder and President:

SK: What inspired you to develop Associated Content? When did it officially launch?

LB: I wanted to invent an environment that did for content what eBay did for ecommerce. eBay leveled the ecommerce playing field by allowing every individual to participate.  I wanted to level the online media playing field by enabling the individual to contribute to the content economy.

We launched at the end of 2004.

SK: Did you always plan on growing AC to where it is today, or has this been a work in progress?

LB: Everything is a work in progress –  AC included!

SK: Your top three favorite content categories:
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Where in the World Are the CP Interviews??

In Who in the World? on March 6, 2008 at 12:02 am

I’m out on a brief hiatus this week, so stay tuned for a fresh roundup of CP interviews next week.

Michelle Devon,  Fabiola Hernandez, and Momie Tullotes are just a few noteworthy CPs to keep your eyes peeled for…

If YOU would like to be featured for the interview section, just send me a quick note and I’ll be in touch over the weekend.

Happy writing!