Associated Content Fame and Fortune Quest: Why Write For AC?
When I discovered Associated Content, I decided – right off the bat – to make AC the place I would feature most of my writing. Why? Because I’ve been writing thousands of words a week for over twenty years and I haven’t made any money at it. Well, that’s not entirely true: I used to write a humor column for a local newspaper – but that was just chump change not real money. Also, I do get paid (in a roundabout way) for the articles and sermons I write as a pastor – but that doesn’t seem like being a real professional writer somehow. Anyway, After stumbling across AC, I knew I had hit the jackpot. All I had to do was submit a few of my existing articles and before I knew it, I’d be on easy street.
Associated Content Fame and Fortune Quest: Day One
My first day at Associated content was a little disappointing. I’m not the sharpest knife in the rack (or is that stack?) and it took me awhile to figure out how to use all the stuff in the submission forms (or whatever). Once I figured that out I was able to upload three articles (on October 21, 2010). I decided to go with a few of my previously published humor articles – and I could hardly wait for the checks to start pouring in!
Associated Content Fame and Fortune Quest: Day Two
After a fitful night’s sleep I leapt out of bed and rushed to my computer to see how many page views my award winning humor articles had garnered over night: nothing. In fact, my articles were still sitting there in the SUBMITTED stage, twiddling their thumbs. I howled with protest – and submitted four more articles (one of which disappeared into a black hole, never to be seen by me again: it has probably been published under another name and is getting millions of page views).
Associated Content Fame and Fortune Quest: Day Three
Another fitful night’s sleep and another disappointing look at my Associated Content page. Now I have six little articles huddled together in SUBMITTED. Tears come to my eyes as I look at them – so forlorn, so far away – and no real reason for their existence. I decide it’s time for a bold move: I submit nine more articles. Perhaps the combined weight of fifteen fabulous award winning articles (my wife gave me a smiley face sticker once) will be able to break down the walls of resistance at Associated Content!
Associated Content Fame and Fortune Quest: Day Four
It’s Sunday and so I don’t have time to check my Associated Content page (to see if I’ve been published yet) until late in the afternoon. Guess what: No. Nada. Nope. Zip, Zero, Zilch. Why, I ask myself in a rhetorical fashion of course – why are my wonderful creations being treated so poorly? What have they ever done to Associated content – what have I ever done to Associated Content that I, we – my articles and I – would be treated with such discourtesy, disdain and dismissiveness? (I think I made up that last word.) Pulling myself together I submit another ten articles. Take that, you foul beast of SUBMITTED!
Associated Content Fame and Fortune Quest: Day Five
Monday is my day off so I slept in. Besides, why waste time running to the computer to see what cruel joke Associated Content has played today? Finally, with a heavy heart and halting step I make my way to the computer. My movements are sluggish, my mind distracted. I pull up the associated content page and – good heavens – I’ve been published. Twenty five shiny new articles, smiling back at me from the content section of the dashboard – all with gleaming PUBLISHED status tags. Now the fame and fortuen may begin. Now I can hardly wait to the page view count.
Associated Content Fame and Fortune Quest: Day Six
LEWISTON Ida – Associated Content posts first day page views for D. Eric Williams on October 26, 2010. Total Associated Content Page Views is – wait for it – (I actually hate that saying but, there you go – I hate that saying too, but anyway), seventy-eight. That’s right, seventy-eight, as in 78. Not seventy-eight hundred, not even seven-hundred and eighty but a mere seventy-eight page views for twenty-five articles. To paraphrase Napoleon Dynamite, that’s like 3,25 an hour – Associated Content is a piece of crap, it doesn’t work! I submit fourteen more articles.
Associated Content Fame and Fortune Quest: Day Seven
I’m a week into this thing but my articles have only been available for view for two days not. There is no reason to give up on my Associated Content Fame and Fortune Quest just yet. Let’s see how many page view I picked up yesterday. Ah! 231 for total of 309! That’s nearly a three-fold increase. That means I should have 1000 page views by tomorrow! And that means I’ll have earned my first $1.50. I herd twenty more articles into the SUBMITTED chute, including several that are brand new for Associated Content.
Associated Content Fame and Fortune Quest: Day Eight
So much for that theory. My Associated Content page views total 442. That means I picked up 133 more pages views yesterday. It means people hate me. It means I can’t write to save my life. It means Associated Content is nothing more than an elaborate scheme to manipulate potato futures. Feeling a little low, I submit just eleven articles, with one fresh from the oven.
Associated Content Fame and Fortune Quest: Day Nine
I’m not quite so eager to check my Associated Content stats today. Maybe I’ll just forget all about my quest. But no, having put my hand to the plow there is no looking back. Hey, 203 more page views, that puts my total at 645. Pretty pitiful I suspect, but at least I’m seeing a trend: people like articles on Hell and humor. Who who would have known? A great article would combine the two but that just doesn’t seem right. I submit seven old articles and two new ones – none of which try to make a joke out of Hell.
Associated Content Fame and Fortune Quest: Day Ten
The tenth day of my quest has come and I have failed to reach my goals. I didn’t really have any specific goal but If I had it would have been something more than 96 articles and 824 page views. The truth is I had sort of wanted to reach 100 articles and 1000 page views in the first ten days, but, you know, I don’t really care that much. It’s not that big a deal, really. I submit six more articles, including one new piece written on assignment.
Associated Content Fame and Fortune Quest: Day Eleven
I include day eleven simply because it is on this day I reach the 100 article, 100 page views milestone. That means I earned $1.50. time to celebrate.