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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.

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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.

Weekly Roundup: Olympics 2008 Fever Hits AC

In Weekly Roundup on August 11, 2008 at 6:00 am

If you missed the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Beijing, fear not.  Many a CP managed to capture the moment and then some, and Olympic Fever has officially hit AC headquarters.  This week’s roundup is a list of great articles that offer some unique perspectives on this summer’s grand event:

Learn about the scandals and controversy about the opening ceremonies in The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony: Scandals and True Talent Sure to Impress, courtesy of Laura Acevado.

Enjoy this play-by-play of the kickoff with 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies Begins Amid Political Fireworks, courtesy of saul relative.

msands gives us some tips on making the most of this year’s games with the Parent’s Guide: Watching the 2008 Summer Olympics with Kids.

Sean Anderson gives us some insights about the scandals with China Divulges Partial Truth about Tibet as Olympics Approach.

Mark Whittington offers his take on the games with The Beijing Olympic Games Begin.

If you’ve been curious about the architecture of The National Stadium, learn more with The 2008 Olympics – the ‘Bird’s Nest’, courtesy of Carolyn M. Kenney.

You won’t find actual hyperlinks in this article by M. Nurrizqi Putro Utomo, but you will find a great roundup of websites to keep you in touch with the latest news and commentary about the Olympics.  Be sure to bookmark 2008 Olympics – Best Websites to Follow the Olympics.

Who in the World is EHarmon?

In Interviews on January 27, 2008 at 7:00 am

This CP from Cincinnati has a strong following on AC with articles on cooking, travel, parenting, and tips on eating healthy.  She’s a full-time working mom with an 18-month old son, and is currently working on her Master’s degree.  

When E Harmon isn’t exploring AC for the latest articles, you’ll probably find her working on her art business with her husband.  How in the world does this CP squeeze in time to write for Associated Content?  I found out how this busy mom makes it all happen:

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

E: My husband and I had our first child in July of 2006 and I started graduate school the following year.  I knew that money would be tight and needed a way to bring in some extra income.  I honestly thought that AC was some sort of scam when I first found it in January 2007.  You mean I can really get paid to write about whatever I want to?  I love to write!  I have been hooked ever since.

S: Your favorite content category to browse at work:

E: I always look at the parenting section.  Raising my first child is a challenge and I can use all the advice I can get!

S:  Do you write for other online sites or publications, or are you an ‘AC lifer’?

E: I only write for AC.  I would love to write for other places, but I do not have the time so I’m loyal to AC for now.

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

E: My article with the highest number of page views is How To Start The Biggest Loser Competition in Your Office.  My coworkers and I really did this so it was written from experience.  I know the success of the show has helped with the high page views.  I am pretty proud of the article My Space:  Incredible Resource or Necessary Evil? which was also written from experience.

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

E: Associated Content and Facebook

S:  One reason why everyone who’s anyone should read your work?

E: I write about a very wide variety of topics, so much so that I am sure that anyone can find something of interest!  Oh, and I need the money . . .

S:  Your favorite form of caffeine?

E: Believe it or not, I drink very little caffeine. J  I do love Diet Coke but opt for the caffeine free kind!

S:  A favorite hobby when you’re not writing for AC:

E: Art.  My husband and I also have an art business as another side venture.  We call our art business HarmonArt.

S:  One pearl of wisdom for any AC Content Producer?

E: Don’t let negative comments about your articles bother you.  If you write about anything the least bit controversial it will happen.  Don’t worry about and be happy you got a page view from that person!

S:  Your favorite quote about writing or otherwise?

E: “Inconceivable!”  Vizinni in The Princess Bride.


 

Who in the World is Donna Talarico?

In Interviews on December 29, 2007 at 8:12 am

Donna TalaricoYou may have caught this CP on the TLC reality show Help Wanted in 2004, but now she’s busy self-publishing books and working on her MA in Creative Writing. She’s worked in radio and media, and even explored the world via tour bus.

Donna Talarico’s articles on celebrities, music, and unique gift recommendations have caused quite a stir on AC, but she’s well-read in her Northeast Pennsylvania territory and keeps her writing life in balance with skydiving and rock climbing adventures.

I caught up with this busy writer for a few quick Q&As, so we can all learn who in the world Donna Talarico really is:

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

D: I was finding a lot of freelance writing work online through Elance, but since I was writing on assignment I wasn’t writing what I wanted to write. I actually forget how I came across the link for AC, but I signed up the day I found it- back in November 2006. To me, it was a no-brainer. I was able to create new articles, as well as post articles that I had already written. Writing for AC has definitely kept me in the writing habit. I wrote on and off for a while, then consistently for about six months and then went on a hiatus again. However, I am back and plan to stick around. I need a writing community. It is so important. When you are creative and attached to your computer, you don’t always garner support or understanding.

S: Your favorite content category to browse at work?

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