Monday, September 14, 2009

Associated Content


Last month I received an email from an aspiring writer who asked me if I thought that the website Associated Content might be a good place to get experience and get published. I was not familiar with that site, so I took a look at it, and I find it interesting.

It appears that its revenue stream is created by selling the content that the writers on its site create. It pays per 1,000 page views at different rates depending upon how much content the writer has created - though I am not clear if it pays for the page views for sites it sells a piece to or not.

I have decided to participate in that site to see how it works IRL - since it is a place I can write about topics I would not write about either for the paper or elsewhere...

If any of you have experience with that site - or others like it - I would really like to hear from you so please email me.



Sunday, September 6, 2009

Email Fraud


The number of emails I have received lately from fraudsters is only exceeded by the number of email messages I have received from readers asking about the email that THEY have been getting from fraudsters... Ah it is a circular hell we are in.

My answer to this problem was to create a short article on Email Fraud that you will find on the main menu of the new gateway page on my site - speaking of which, no I did not delete the eclectic pages that are my home page - I just moved them and replaced the first page with that new and rather plain gateway page.

My reason for doing this has to do with some email I received from an editor who was interested in something I wrote - and who commented that my "home" page should be more descriptive so that it gives an editor an idea of who I am as a person and what my experience and skills are. Well I took that to heart, and created what you now see on the home page... The simple part was intentional I want to point out - but I think it does the job.

The Email Fraud Primer is linked off of the main (gateway) page - let me know what you think of it?