Friday, February 26, 2010

Published Articles on MadeMan

So a couple of weeks back I mentioned writing for Break Studios.

Specifically, I've been writing for the newly-launched MadeMan website. This site is a manual of sorts, with advice on all sorts of subjects from "driving a tank" to "making a viral video." Because it's just started to publish content, there is a huge opportunity for new writers to get in on the action.

Here are a couple of my articles that have just been published on MadeMan:

10 Best Places to Travel on a Budget: California

10 Easy Things To Cook While Camping

There are plenty more to come, so stay tuned!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Exciting New Publication News

I'm now officially working for Associated Content, a site that publishes articles and pays upfront (if you select the option), as well as performance-based bonuses. I really like the submitting and formatting process for Associated Content, and I'm satisfied with the amount of time it takes to approve articles. If you're looking to get into writing for profit, Associated Content is a great place to start.

I'm happy to say that my first two articles have just been accepted and published. Check them out to learn about stuff and be entertained at the same time!

My first article, Get Ready for Maple Sugarin' Festivals, is about local festivals celebrating the tapping of maple trees to make maple syrup throughout the US.

My second article, The Muppets: Twenty-First Century Reboot, is about the new Muppets videos on YouTube, and the upcoming Muppets movie.

(By the way, if you love the Muppets, don't forget to check out my new Squidoo lens: The Muppets Take YouTube by Storm.)

Happy reading!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Squidoo Lens-A-Day Challenge

Now that I'm getting more serious about the writing thing, I realize that the most important thing for me to do is to write. A lot. And preferably, to write things that other people will see, because that forces me to be on top of my game.

That's why I love Squidoo. Squidoo is a site that provides users with a template to easily generate content on the web. It also gives users tools to add all sorts of fun modules to their sites, or "lenses" as they're called in the Squidverse.

And the best part is, if you get really good at it, you can make money! There are two ways to earn money on Squidoo. All the ad revenue generated by the website goes into a big pot, and half of that goes directly to the writers, or "lensmasters." In addition, some of the modules (such as the Amazon module) give you cash if people follow the links and buy the products.

I've been getting more into Squidoo lately, for three reason:

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Writing for Fun and Profit

So I've managed to make huge steps in the "writing for fun and profit" venture over the last couple of weeks.

I signed up for the Cracked Comedy Workshop run by the irreverent humor site I immediately submitted a pitch to the workshop, and I immediately got shot down. The thing is, I had no idea all the work and intelligence that goes into a Cracked article! (Feel free to laugh, but next time you're reading one, take a closer look. You'll see what I mean.) I thought the whole thing was just making fun of movies and talking liberally about various parts of the human anatomy, but boy, was I wrong. It takes a lot of research to make an article that meets the Cracked standards, and a lot of time and effort. Which I will keep in mind as I continue to pitch in the future.

I wonder if this means that I have to start being funnier in my posts? God, I hope not. Being funny is hard work.