Posts Tagged ‘content producers’

Weekly Roundup – A Few Good Labor Day Reads

In Weekly Roundup on August 31, 2008 at 10:51 pm

As you relax and enjoy some well-deserved vacation time this Labor Day, read up on some holiday-themed articles from fellow CPs:

Sharpen your Labor Day know-how with Labor Day:  Why We Celebrate, courtesy of Lucinda Pyatt.

Grab those dancing shoes and work on your country dance routine with the Top 25 Country Music Dance Songs for Your Labor Day Party Weekend, courtesy of Aly Adair.

Evette exercises a few creative skills with this short and fun Labor Day acrostic poem.

Already over the Labor Day celebration fiascos?  Count down to Oktoberfest 2008 right around the corner, and read up on the basics from Irene Lynn.

If you’re heading out on Labor Day travels this year, pick up some money-saving tips from Christi Bowers in Labor Day Travel: How to Save Money.

Read up on even more Labor Day history with Labor Day and It’s Modern Meanings, courtesy of DancingMooney.

In charge of planning the day of festivities?  Read up on these Labor Day Party Theme Ideas from Stephanie Dray.

When you’re spending Labor Day with the kids or grandkids, book yourself a day of fun activities with these Labor Day Crafts for Children, courtesy of Brandi Thornsberry.


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 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, (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.

The Daily Find: Yamba – the Hidden Jewel of New South Wales

In The Daily Find on August 9, 2008 at 6:11 am

The Article: Yamba- the Hidden Jewel of New South Wales

The Author: Jenny Brewer

Why It’s Worth a Read: Because you never knew this corner of paradise even existed. And yes, it’s in Australia.

The Daily Find: Baby Cut Carrots – What They Really Cost

In The Daily Find on August 8, 2008 at 7:00 am

The Article: Baby Cut Carrots – What They Really Cost You is Nutrition

The Author: Pam Gaulin

Why It’s Worth a Read:  Because they look so innocent!

The Daily Find: How to Repair a Water Damaged Cell Phone for Free

In The Daily Find on August 7, 2008 at 1:25 am

The Article: How to Repair a Water Damaged Cell Phone for Free

The Author: Rich Jones

Why It’s Worth a Read:  You’ve dropped your cell phone in the kitchen sink again.  Here’s everything you need to know about reviving your favorite gadget.

The Daily Find: How to Use Amazon Kindle – Shortcut Keys

In The Daily Find on August 6, 2008 at 1:20 pm

The Article: How to Use Amazon Kindle – Shortcut Keys

The Author: Chris Matier

Why It’s Worth a Read: You’ve finally forked over the $$ for an Amazon Kindle but still aren’t up to speed onturning ‘pages’.  Or playing Minesweeper.  Use this article as your trusty guide.

The Daily Find: Bargain Shopping in Hong Kong’s Main Markets

In The Daily Find on August 5, 2008 at 6:17 am

The Article: Bargain Shopping in Hong Kong’s Main Markets

The Author: Laura Acevedo

Why It’s Worth a Read:  Since you’ve been anxious to get your hands on a silk tapestry and Chinese crafts, sharpen those bargain-hunting skills with these helpful tips.

The Daily Find: 50 Ways to Be More Green

In The Daily Find on August 3, 2008 at 6:00 am

The Article: 50 Ways to Be More Green

The Author: Sharon Krawczyk

Why It’s Worth a Read: You really want to join Kermit and friends with an eco-friendly lifestyle.  Sharon shares useful tips on going green at home, when cooking and more.

Writing Tips – 7 Reasons Why Twitter is a Great Tool for Writers

In Writing Tips on August 2, 2008 at 8:00 am

Have you joined the Twitterati yet?

Twitter has become an increasingly popular social media application that lets you post nuggets of information – your ‘Tweets’ – at random moments of the day.

If you’re already blogging, you’ll find Twitter to be a great addition to your online publishing antics.

If you’re a newbie to Twitter’s micro-blogging service, give it a whirl and sharpen your writing skills in the process.


Read up on the Seven Reasons Why Twitter is a Great Tool for Writers.

You can also join me on Twitter at

Go on, Tweet your heart out 🙂

The Daily Find: What It’s Like to Be a Twin

In The Daily Find on August 2, 2008 at 6:00 am

The Article: Twins and Competition – What It’s Like to Be a Twin

The Author: Michelle Altessa

Why It’s Worth a Read: A first-person perspective on living with an evil twin. Because you’ve always wondered…