A life online may sound ridiculous, but it is not that too far fetched as I am starting to realize. Work, visit with friends, shop, and even have a doctor’s appointment are all things that can be done while sitting at home in your pajamas.
Going out into the cold and cruel world each morning was something I grew to dread as I got older. Ok, cold, because I live in Massachusetts and it is ten degrees right now and cruel, because the little bas**rd down the street has flipped me off twice this week because I inadvertently cut him off while making a left turn the other day.
It was totally my fault, but he apparently did not accept my shrug and prayer hands motion as an apology that I offered as he swerved to avoid me. This is just one small reason that I enjoy living in cyber space as compared to the real world. I get smiley faces, the total opposite of the one finger gesture. This is like a real version of Seinfeld’s “bizzaro world” episode.
I write for a few online writing sites and I love it. My dream of writing the next great American novel is far from being realized with this venue, but it is unbelievable to me the amount of exposure my articles have gotten while writing for Associated Content in such a short time.
For the last six months I have decided to stay at home and do freelance writing. Although I write assignments for other sites, Associated Content has given me the vessel to write what ever I desire and get those articles out to the world via Google. I am amazed at what this publishing site, which pays me to post the articles, has done for my attempt at becoming a writer who actually has readers.
I have just finished taping a segment for CBC radio, the Canadian broadcasting company. I was invited as a quest to talk about a subject I wrote about in one of my articles on AC. The show, called “Definitely Not the Opera”, contacted me through Facebook, which is something AC suggested I join and post my articles to for exposure. It worked.
The show will air on December 26, 2009 on NPR, Sirus XM radio, in the US, and CBC channels throughout Canada. The show goes from 2pm to 4pm, with my segment probably edited to one minute, although I was taped in the local studio they rented for about forty minutes. It is also available on CBC pod cast on the date it airs and afterwards.
I was lucky enough to have The Connecticut Post Newspaper do a story on one of my articles. Their story talked about my article, gave me a great review, and posted a link to my AC page and the article.
More recently, I have received a note from a famous retired golfer commenting on an article I wrote about Tiger Woods. The golfer explained the temptations that present on a daily basis when you are a famous figure, but was sad that Tiger Woods had succumbed to them.
I did a story on a new green car company which was under “most searched” on Google Trends. I received a message through Twitter from one of the owners, thanking me and supplying me with contact information if I would like to interview them.
Yes, people are reading what I write. My stories have been quoted, read, and emailed and now one will be on the radio. How lucky am I? Very, for finding Associated Content that has made this all possible.