January 1, 2017

Well.  I have been very busy this year. Some of the things that happened are:

  • Getting to spend a good portion of the last year and the year before in NYC with my husband (job related- which was also an excellent opportunity to work on my book)
  • Adding to my costuming business (with my daughter)
  • Getting my vintage booth up and going
  • Co-chair on the board of a community theatre.

It's amazing how much you can find yourself doing when you don't have "a job".

I used to dismiss people who were into more than one business... I thought it meant they lacked focus and could not find success in one thing.  Now I know better.  To do well in this current economy, diversifying is key.

Enjoy:  Serial Entrepreneurs- The Founders Who Pursue Multiple Opportunities


A whole year has passed and a lot of work has transpired

I have spent the past year working on my homeschooling book, which is still in progress.  I have also costumed a half dozen shows in the last 16 months.  Most recently, I have opened a store (vintage booth at a bigger store) to sell my vintage furniture and accessory finds, many of which I will be painting.  Art lives!

Another exciting thing that happened this year is that hubby's job relocated us to NYC (officially).  We got an apartment, but kept our ATL house.  He's mostly in NY and I'm mostly in ATL, but we manage to spend 10 days a month together.  There's a season for everything, and now is the season for this adventure.

So, surely you can see why I haven't been blogging... I haven't been writing for websites because they pretty much stopped paying.  The most recent call for writers I responded to wanted to pay like $4.00 per article to start.. puffftttt...  slave labor.

BTW, Here is a photo of my 'store'


A fresh start

I enjoyed the last decade-plus as a content writer for numerous websites, but just as quickly as the industry grew, it also died.  It happens.  The rise, in the industry just happened to coincide with the years I spent homeschooling my children, so it was a great match. I could write at home, and homeschool my kids who needed less and less of my supervision as they got older.

Well, they are in college now, and I am moving on to bigger and brighter things.  In the past year, I have costumed 3 plays locally, I am doing more artwork, and I am starting a business of re-cycled, re-freshed, re-designed clothing items.  Stay tuned.

In the meanwhile, here is an image of one of my most recent creations... a side open Surcoat for The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged.


Articles stolen as Yahoo Contributor Network / Yahoo Voices closes

A side effect of YCN & Yahoo Voices closing is that unscrupulous people have have on the site and stolen our articles for their own sites.  We will have no way to prove that the articles are ours because the originals will be gone from the web, so if these people manage to get our articles posted first, then they are kind of theirs officially.

This really sucks.

Here's an articles I wrote that is currently residing on someone else's blog, but the formatting caused

I'm not done yet, and could use some help.

I really enjoyed my work as a content writer, but working for other sites has come to an end.  The reason... when the economy went bad several things happened:

1st: Web writing became popular and I noticed a glut of new available writers began to lower the amount of money I could make on my articles.

2nd: The writing on the web became bad. All the new writers in the market resulted in quite a lot of poorly written articles.

3rd: The web revolted.  Good in particular thought up PANDA which resulted in "Content Mills" as they were called being being penalized.

This all resulted in a long slow decent of the industry.

It seems the final foot has fallen, and Yahoo has closed Yahoo Content Network and Yahoo Voices.

The good news is that they returned my 1800+ articles to me.  They didn't have to, but they did. (I've been writing for them since 2006.) So here's where I could use some help.  I am creating a blog/website to feature all of my best articles. I am letting the duds die!  (When you write that many articles, you regret a few.) In time I plan to add other writers, ... just a few, don't want to anger Google! But for now, I need readers for my articles to get them back in circulation!  Take a peek, and if you like what you see, please share it.

Thank you.



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