Determined 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.