College students have much to rejoice for in health care reform bill

Whether you agree with the passage of the health care bill or not, you'll have a hard time convincing college students it's a bad idea. Provided the bill makes it through the reconciliation process intact, college students are going to greatly benefit. .... Read more at Wallet Pop. com

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Read: College for Free, Yes Free at Wallet Pop

Sweden, Germany, and Venezuela provide free college for their students, so why can't America -- which is, after all, "the land of the free"?


You might think it is not fiscally possible, but this list of 12 free college and university...

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Academic Dishonesty: Sneaky Ways Students Cheat

In a recent article, I took the time to define what cheating is for any students who technically may have thought they were not cheating. While there are some students who merely stretch the definition of honesty...
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10 Fun and Easy Birthday Cake Designs

Birthday cakes have evolved from the traditional sheet cake to works of art that reaches new heights. These cakes are always the center of attention and are a lot easier to make then they appear. Here is a guide to some popular cake ideas that will please birthday boys and girls, of all ages.  READ MORE

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Kids Room Decorating Questions and Answers: Mixing Cowgirl and Zebra?

Kids Room Decorating Questions and Answers: Mixing Cowgirl and Zebra?
I recently received a decorating question that asked about mixing two distinct styles, Zebra and Vintage Cowgirl.
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College students may need to file a tax return

College students may need to file a tax return

So you're a carefree college student, and to you, April 15 is just another splendid spring day. If you don't think you need to worry about income taxes, you may want to think again.

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How to Have a Surfer Themed Birthday Party - Holidays News - Holidash

How to Have a Surfer Themed Birthday Party - Holidays News - Holidash

Tired of the old standard pool party? Mix it up this year with a surfer-themed birthday bash! By A. Hermitt

Published at Holidash.com via seed.com

Its bonus and Tax Return Time...

Are you making good choices?

Have you already mentally spent your yearly bonus? You may want to think again.

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Spring is coming (Gardening Articles)

In honor of Spring, here are some gardening articles I have written in the last couple of years.

Pampas Grass and Other Pretty Plants Southerners Should Not Use


Always speak to a garden expert before planting flowers if you are new to a region, or if you have never dealt with a certain type of plant before.

By A. Hermitt
Published 6/11/2009

Garbage Can Gardening: How to Get Started

Do you hate digging in hard dirt, and running into worms when trying to plant a few vegetables? If so, you may want to look into garbage can gardening.

By A. Hermitt
Published 10/21/2008

Finding Financial Victory in Growing a Home Garden

The way the cost of food rising, we need to find alternate ways to acquire the food that our family needs to eat. Gardening can help to cut the budget significantly. By A. Hermitt
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Education Feature Articles

I was recently made a Featured Education Writers at Associated Content.com.  Here are some articles I wrote as part my Featured writer duties.
As a homeschooling mom who happens to be a Christian, I have not censored my kids from much of anything. We read mythology, listen to popular music and we have covered the subject of evolution.
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Adventures in the workforce

This series started out as Seed.com Rejects, but I enjoyed writing them.  There may be more. 


Working in Working in retail doesn't have to be a drag. With the proper goals in place, it is a wonderful learning experience.
 
A dedicated content writer can make one hundred several hundred dollars a day or more, but some people decide content writing is not worth their time. This is because they don't know the truth about content writing.
If you've never taken the job of a security officer seriously, you may want to think again. It is actually a difficult job with a great deal of responsibility and not nearly as bit of posturing as you might think.

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Article series on Academic Dishonesty

Problems with schools cheating on test scores and how they harm the public through cheating.
Different ways to cheat, for students who don't realize they are already doing it.
This is not advice to help students cheat. This is so that teachers are aware of the ways in which students cheat.
Having trouble keeping your students from cheating? These ideas may help.
Could that help you are giving Junior on his class project actually be cheating?
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Blogger rules! (housekeeping)

I tried a paid website for a while, but blogger is just way easier to handle.  Add the fact that they just added tabs to blogger, which is the main reason I strayed so now this will be my main site again.

With that said, I am canceling the paid website, and wanted to keep a few of the blogs I had written on that site.  They are below.


My Best Advice for New Content Writers

I guess I should be flattered about the number of people who ask for advice on becoming a content writer.  Actually, I am flattered, but at the same time, I am unable to answer all of the questions, as there are so many hours in a day.  I figured that  I answered the questions here, I would be able to just send any inquirers a link and go about my day. 

So here are the questions that are typically asked.  (Read full article at AC)

In addition, here is a list of the website I have written for and my opinion of the sites as of today.

AssociatedContent.com: This is a great slow and steady website.  A good place to write and learn.  They are easiest for amateur writers to work with.  With that said there is a bit of amateur writing on the website.  Still they pay me a fair amount upfront for my articles, plus a get a page view bonus (new writers don't make nearly as much as experienced writers)

DemandStudios: Once you know your writing is up to par, Demand Studios is a good place to take it.  They pay from $7.50 to $15.00 per article, and there is a great deal of editor interaction... sometimes the editing process is frustrating.

Seed.com:  This would be at the top of my list, but this website is brand new.  They pay well for webcontent, but writers who are used to being paid (even a minimal amount) for whatever they write, are appalled to find out that about 1/2 of your articles will be rejected.  This is not a problem to me, as I can submit the article back to Associated Content or try to find a match at Demand Studios.  This is just the way the business goes, folks.  This is why magazines have kill fees as they can decide that they don't like or need your article, even after they requested it.

Ehow.com:  If you write for Demand Studios, a lot of what you write will go to e how.com, but if you want to get paid page views bonuses you can submit your articles to ehow.  With Demand studios and ehow, you can't get both upfront pay and page views.  You must decide. 

Families.com:  This is not an easy gig to get because there is a low blogger turn-over.  They  only need a set amount of writers.  From what I remember someone there saw my writing on Associated Content and my personal blog and contacted me about a "job".  Families.com does not pay top dollar, but if you want to get established as an expert in a field that is available at families.com, this is a good place to write. 

Examiner.com:
  Like families.com, this is a good website to use to get yourself established as an expert in your field.  If you can show yourself as a decent writer with a bit of expertise, you can have a column where you can get your writing more public.  Pay is oh-so-minimal, but the site is new, so there is hope that it will get better.

Howtodothings.com:  I have written for them in the past, but compensation has declined to non-existent, so it is not worth it.

I have written for several other websites, but they have either changed their model from content to something else, or they are extinct.  I have also ghost written for private bloggers over the years during times when they could not maintain their own blogs.

Pondering my future with seed.com

I had the honor of having an hour long conversation getting to know Kristi Anderson, the community manager at Seed.com.  Quite honestly, before that conversation, I as ready to throw in the towel.  But now I know that they are working to make sure that quality writers have a good opportunity to make money doing what they love. 

I could go on, but the last post on the Seed Blog gives some indication on where they were going.  The conversation just allowed me to express my concerns and get some clarification. 

Making hard decisions

As my writing assignments continue to grow and (very thankfully) my price per article continues to rise, I find I have been forced to make some difficult decisions.  For instance, when I went to full time content writing about 5 years ago, there was one company that hired me based on what I had written in my personal blogs.  At that time, I was only getting pennies per blog through ads and Adsense, so the opportunity to get $4.00 plus commission per post was awesome!  (The payment per blog maxed out at $5.50)This of course led to better paying jobs and opportunities. 

Today, I finally resigned from that post as blogger for that website because well, I could make as much in one article for seed or a few articles for AC that I could make in a whole month for my much beloved former website.  I felt awful, but it was clear that I was limiting my income potential and lowering my hourly wage by keeping that job. 

I finally decided that perhaps it would help them for me to move on as well.  I think they could use a fresh perspective as well as I had blogged for so long for them.  Plus, there are more beginning writers out there that could use the same opportunity I was given. 

So it's time to move on! 

Here I go!

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Month in Review February 2010

Here are some of my recent articles from last month:


Gadling.com 
Carbon Footprints: Which is Worse? by A. Hermitt
 As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, we're all paying more attention to our carbon footprint. Measuring carbon footprints is complicated -- different items are measured on different scales, and many of the measurements are based on research that weighs varied criteria... continued

EHOW.COM

02/18/10How to Account for All of Your Business Expenses at Tax Time



02/08/10How to Make Store Bought Window Toppers Look Custom
Examiner.com
Atlanta Homeschool Examiner
Keeping you updated on news and homeschool happenings in Greater Atlanta
Education Headlines Examiner

Associated Content
Don't you hate the way you hemorrhage money when traveling? These tips will help you to keep some dollars in your pocket.
Should cell phones be banned on planes? Maybe, Maybe not. Either way, it is fun to ponder reasons why they should.
The Federal Housing Administration ensures the bank will be paid if the homebuyer defaults on the loan.
You can get a mortgage with bad credit, by improving that credit score quickly.
As long as you stay true to your own tastes when choosing your color palette, others will enjoy it as much as you.
Why purchase a generic store bought headboard when you can make a unique headboard yourself
To manage biracial hair, you must use some of the same techniques that African Americans use.
These are tax deductions that a content writer should take into acount when gathering receipts and expense reports for income taxes.
But how in the world do you find all of your receipts if you've been a careless record keeper?
Whether you have a dedicated guest room, or whether your home office or or craft room doubles as the guest room, these guest room essentials will make your visitors feel welcome in our home.
As homeschooling becomes more popular, and college begin to have experience with educating homeschooled students, they have gone from reserved curiosity to enthusiastic welcoming of homeschoolers.
It is not uncommon for recording stars to provide background vocals on their friends' records.
Store purchased hostess gifts are nice, but homemade hostess gifts will surely impress. Here are some easy homemade hostess gifts you can make.
Most people concentrate on the style of sofa they desire, but this is only the starting point of choosing a sofa.
Kids who eat breakfast end up more productive in school and become healthier adults. As parents, we must be creative in finding foods that they will eat, even if they aren't traditional breakfast foods.
Without building a habit of eating healthy meals early in the morning, children can be doomed to a poor metabolism problem that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.
It turns out many best selling books have become box office hits. Here are five very popular books or series made into movies.
Like The Lovely Bones and Bridge to Terebitha classic movies that started out as books are likely to become not only box-office favorites, but cultural classics.
As floating homes begin to pepper Lake Erie and full communities continue to live on Portage Bay and Lake Union in the Seattle area, it is inevitable that humans will one day colonize the oceans.
Did you know that your college ID is can be used as a universal coupon?
The only way to bring the price of college textbooks books down is to stop buying them. This means finding free resources for your college textbooks whenever possible.
Explore some of the free options for getting textbooks such as online textbooks, the school library, and trading books. When you've exhausted all of these options, you will need to explore other low cost options for getting your books.

 You Can be Frugal and Eat Healthy Organic by Andrea Hermitt
I wrote about my first trip to an organic food store in years entitled Can you be frugal and healthy. My point was yes you can. For me there are even more challenges, as I am trying to go gluten free on top of eating more healthy, and revisiting organic foods.

"Unhealthy people are poor people... and vice versa." This is a title of a 2002 report from Columbia University. There are many reasons that poor people are unhealthy, but the number one reason is that they can't afford and don't have access to healthy food. Let's face it.
  
As my son gets bigger and taller and smarter, college costs are constantly on my mind. It occurs to me that the biggest frugal win is not to have to pay for college. That makes ensuring your child has a good education the most frugal thing a parent can do.

It's tax time again, and I find myself using my old frugal tactics for preparing my income tax forms. While this is an area where you need to be careful, you should know, you don't have to pay high prices to get ...
  
I was recently turned onto Angel Food Ministries by someone who needed to stretch their food bill and found it a good deal. Angel Food Ministries distributes boxes of foods with a full week's menu valued at about $65.00 for $30.00.

Well, I am back in my home after a 2 week remodel. Yes, frugal people remodel too. We just do it frugally.

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