About Me

I am a proud wife and mother, and a born again Christian. I work from home as a writer while taking care of Miss N, our six-year-old, Miss M, our four-year-old and Miss C, our newest bundle of joy. Life is crazy but so much fun!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

My Writing Leads

Hello all,

As promised, here are the places I write for.

I have been asked where I landed my curriculum writing job. FreelanceWriting is a site that has a job board named Online Writing Jobs. It was in the higher paid section that I found my job with the curriculum. This job board has one problem, though. They have many, many people who want to pay $1 for a 500 word or more article. When I first began freelancing, I took these jobs, because I thought this was all there is out there. However, I am learning that there are many more places out there who are willing to pay if your work is quality. That being said, I do check their job board daily, as this is where I found the clients I am the most happy with, with one exception.

A new site I have just found is Deb NG's site. She goes through CraigsList and many, many other job boards and picks good, high paying jobs. However, she has many followers, so I have as yet to land a job through her site. I am trying to polish my cover letter, to help me "stand out."

Now, for sites you can write for as a complete newbie. These are highly recommended, with one exception. You will learn two things from them, even if they don't pay thousands. First, after two weeks of doing work for these three sites, your speed at article writing will improve greatly. Second, you will quickly learn what is popular and what is not on the internet. Finally, your ability to write will improve. These sites are where I "cut my teeth" freelancing. From August to December last year, I brought in $1,000 a month freelancing. My goal was $700, so I was pleased. If I had taken the time to do more, I could have made more, I am sure.

First, MPAM . This site allows you to write articles and guarantees you $5. Not a lot, I know, but they are very very non-picky in terms of writing and grammar. This is a great place to start, not make a career out of freelancing. Also, they are always there when the work gets slow. The only thing they require is a third-person point of view. To write for them, sign up for an account. Then when you log in, on the left hand of the screen there is a link called "income streams." From here, choose "Article writing." This brings up a list of topics (usually around 200) that you can write on. In those topics, you can write on anything you want, provided you use the topic word four or five times in the article.

One thing about MPAM is that it costs $30 a month to be a member. However, the first month is free, and they do not automatically renew you, so you can try it out. After the first month, I paid the $30 with my income from the site. You can have up to three articles in the system, and they are usually approved within a few days, sometimes even a day, so you can make $15 a day, for about an hour's work.

The next two sites are free. First, Associated Content. This site allows you to write on anything and pays from $4 to $40. The most I have gotten paid was $11, but I do not write on pop culture, which seems to be what they like. Now, this site is controversial, and you may want to use a Pen Name, because some will claim that being published here will hurt your abilities of landing future higher paid jobs. For me, this has not yet been the case, but who knows what jobs I have lost or gained due to the site. It is an income that is always available, and that is why I like it. Also, if you write an article for someone else that does not get accepted, chances are you can publish it on AC and still earn some money for your time. That is what I have been doing with my fish tank articles, because I never got paid for them.

Finally, the newest site I have just found is Constant-Content. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this site. You can write on anything you want, and then web designers search the articles and buy what they want. For example, I recently wrote two articles on Easter, the history of the Easter Bunny, and the history of the Easter Egg. I posted them there, and within a day they sold. I made $13 each. They took me around 30 minutes each to write. $26 an hour isn't have bad!

This site works this way. Constant Content's staff promotes the site and finds customers. You do not have to market. You submit articles and within three days (usually sooner) they are approved. You set the price. When the article sells, you recieve 65% of the price you set. The rest goes to support the site and pay its founders, and other things (which they break down for you on the site). The forum there is a great place to learn about writing. The people are friendly and not at all cutthroat, making it a wonderful writer's community.

Finally, if a webmaster cannot find what they want in the archives, they will post a Request for Content. This is where you can go to find out articles people really want and will certainly buy. They put in their desires, and you write the article. The first two I sold were through this feature.

The only site I have found so far that accepts poetry is associated content. Sometimes there are requests for submissions on freelance writing, but not often.

Hope that helps anyone looking to start writing! I am still new at this, and learning the ropes myself. I will let you know if I find anything new!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Why I Love my Chiropractor

I love my chiropractor! Let me tell you a little story!

Right before we left for Missouri, Natalie took a tumble off the couch. She was scared but fine. When we were there, I fell down the stairs while holding her. Again, she was scared, but intact. I did end up quite bruised, but I was able to get in to the chiropractor I used to use, so I was OK.

When we got home, Natalie was quite fussy for several days. She has a cold, so I chalked it up to that. For those of you who do not know my daugther, Natalie is almost never fussy.

On Friday, she gave her grandma Harms a terrible time. I was not sure what was wrong, so I got a pediatrician appointment to check for an ear infection. Nope. Ears were clean. So I decided it was teeth.

After her nap, she would not stop crying. She was screaming and screaming and absolutely miserable. I called the chiropractor. They got me in. She cried the entire way there (yes, it is an hour drive - hey, he's good!). She cried while we were there, and she cried half of the way home. Then, an amazing thing happened. When we got home, she was so happy! She was laughing, singing, crawling, and being absolutely adorable! It was a miracle! Lesson learned - next time she is grumpy, check her back before paying the $110 for the peditrician to tell me "she's fine." She wasn't fine, she was in pain!

For those of you who think taking a baby to the chiropractor is weird or scarry, know this. When Natalie was born, she was colicky. Nothing worked. Finally I went to the chiropractor for me, and he adjusted her too. (at four weeks old). The colic was gone! It was absolutely amazing. He fixed her acid reflux and gas problems also.

I cannot believe Natalie will be one in two weeks!!!! (March 9). The local mall has an auto show every February around this time. Tim went last night, and we were reminiscing about last year. We went, and I was so sick. I sat down in every car while he looked at it, then dragged myself to the next one. It was about a week later I landed in the hospital!



This picture was taken today. Natalie is playing on her rocking toy. She got it for Christmas, and has jsut grown into this part of it. As you can see, she loved it! Thanks Grandpa Chris!

For those of you who are curious, I am going to make a post in the next couple of days about the websites and companies I freelance write for. Many have asked, so I thought a blog post would be a good way to get the word out. I just found a new company, and in two weeks, I made $52 selling four articles. This site is exciting to me, because the income potential is quite high! I am just learning the ropes right now.

I hope all of you are doing well. If you haven't, please leave a comment! I like to know who is out there in cyberland!

Nicole

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Hangin' With my Great Grandma


Here is a picture of Natalie with one of her Great Grandmas. We are in Missouri enjoying some time with my parents and my dad's parents.


Thursday, February 15, 2007

Books Are Fun!



Here is Natalie doing her favorite activity - Reading! I think it is one of the cutest things she does, and I finally snapped some pictures of it! Enjoy!





Hives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


So, Natalie still has hives. I cannot figure out what is causing them. No, we have not changed laundry soap. No, she has not eaten anything new, since Saturday , and No, I have not put any new lotions or creams on her. The benedryl is taking care of it, I just wish I knew what was causing it! Help Please!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Yeah! I Finally Did It!

Who's That Baby in the Mirror?

I'm Messy, but I'm Cute!

Hi Everyone!

I finally set up a blog! Yes, I had a different one, but this one I intend to keep up with! With Natalie nearing her first birthday, it is high time I keep friends and family updated with her shenanigans! She is a handful, but we love her!

OK, so what's new? Well, Natters has two teeth! And, yesterday she broke out in hives! That was fun! She is a jabbermouth, we only wish we knew what she was saying! She is crawling and starting to stand while holding on to things.

Her favorite activity is "reading." I know that sounds strange, but this child will sit on the floor with a book for a half of an hour, turning the pages, and not making a sound. It is music to this teacher's heart! I cannot believe that a love for books is showing already! Books are by far her favorite toy!

My writing is going exceptionally well! I am working hard on a fourth grade history curriculum, that is keeping me busy, and keeping me researching, which are all good things! Tim is working at the shop, and with all of this snow, he's fixing lots of snow plows!

I hope all are keeping warm and cozy in this crazy winter. I look forward to keeping you updated with our lives!

Nicole