If I can do this on Associated Content, probably any one can. First, I am a decent writer and I love to write. Second, my knowledge of the workings of a computer is practically nil. What I know about computers could fit on the head of a pin. Third, I am a woman of a “certain age” with grown kids and a grand child. I thought my days of a new career and learning the new technology were thankfully over, and I could just relax, garden and enjoy my life in Florida.
Instead, I wake up every morning, go to the computer, check my email notices, read new articles from my fellow AC writers, comment, check the forums, send messages, write awhile, and try to make the most commented list, which I sometimes do.
I listen to all night talk radio, and have a Sharpie pen and notebook on my nightstand just in case I hear a potential topic of interest or get an idea. I can even write in the dark. That’s how my life is now, and I am having so much fun.
For many years I had the perfect job. Besides having educational and program responsibilities, I was public relations director and newsletter editor for a major Boston childcare agency. I even did promotions on radio and television. I produced most of the brochures and flyers. Does anyone remember Clip Art books?
I shared the best administrative assistant ever… I did the writing and designing of most publications, while angel/administrative assistant, Nancy typed them, and Patrick, owner of the copy shop down the street, printed them and put them together. I worked in a funky, trendy town. Life was fun, simple, sweet and good.
Then one day it all came to an end. Along came computers which could do most parts of my job quickly, easily and a whole lot cheaper. This was not good. I was scared to death of this new technology. I thought there was no way on earth I could ever learn it. My career was over. Computers were for the young cool kids who roll their eyes at dinosaurs like me. How could I ever fit in now? There was way too much to learn.
Luckily, I didn’t have to learn anything. My dilemma was solved. I moved to Florida to be with family. I could now relax. I could be a nice retired lady, learn to play golf and be a Memmay (grandma) to my 4 year- old granddaughter.
I did my best to avoid the evil computer, but my little dynamo granddaughter was on it all the time, fearlessly entering all the Disney and Wiggles web sites. I watched her carefully, and I learned from her. In no time at all, I could dress computer Barbie, and tastefully decorate the computer Barbie Dream House all by myself.
Time went by… I joined a book club and out of embarrassment, got an email account and learned how to use it. Then I discovered the internet. Before too long, I was online. It wasn’t that difficult to figure out. One day I saw something about Google Ad Sense and Associated Content. It was all about writing and earning money at home. I could write. I was at home. I could use the money. I figured “Why Not?” I joined AC and began a great new adventure.
So here I am, on Associated Content, the People’s Press, one of the best online content writing sites, and I am doing pretty good. I now have 100,000 page views, a milestone at AC. I know some AC writers have more page views than that, some even millions more. They are the AC superstars. But, when I see that 100,000 people actually clicked on to my writing and may have even read it, I am amazed and humbled. That’s a whole lot of people. You could fill a stadium with them. I have surprised myself.
I have not written nearly as much as some AC writers have. I try to do a few articles each week, but health issues sometimes make it difficult. However, I write at my own pace…sometimes more, sometimes less. There is always tomorrow (except when you sign on for special assignments.) There is always tomorrow also, when the glitches occur. I have learned to be patient.
AC lets me write about anything. Some writers have a particular niche or subject, but I do not. I write about what happens to interest me at the time. A whole new world of learning and fun has opened up and I’m part of it.
The best thing about AC for me however, is the wonderful community of friends I have made. Every one of you is special. When my dog Rosie died, you were so kind. I treasure all your caring messages and comments, and read them often.
A few whom I must thank personally for their support and comments are Betty Malone, who wrote me my first real fan letter. I wish I had written one to her.
Also, thanks to the Michaels, Michael Segers and Mike Hatz… the Tonys, Tony Jingo and Tony Payne, and my own Tony… Also Mr. G, who helps me over the rough spots… Pewterbird, who is as awesome as his car…My guest friends, Laura and Ravinder… Indian poet, Saikat Dutta who calls me “auntie”… Abby Greenhill, Jerseynana, Nancy Canfield, Dina Quiron, Pattie Byrd, R.K.LoBello and Michele Starkey who inspire me every day with their creativity… Sheryl Young, a lady with whom I seldom agree, but like the way she writes, and Donald Pennington who helped me deal with a curious comment.
Finally, my very first AC friends who make everyone feel welcome… CJ Mathis and Patricia Sicilia. They are a wealth of information. They are smart, talented, kind and beautiful people. Each one is a fine example of just how good and professional an AC writer can be. Thank you all. You’re the best!
Sorry Patricia, I’m still having trouble making those links… I have to go now and buy a dress, have my hair and nails done, rent a limo and get to the AC awards party. See you all there.