I’ll admit it. I’m a dope when it comes to this thing we call the Internet. I didn’t even realize we should capitalize the “I” until I got scolded by one of the kids. Now that we are not only Associated Content contributors, but Yahoos, I think the powers that be should make it easier to find submissions posted on Yahoo.
The biggies may not think it’s such a big deal, but when I start blowing my own horn to the dog, I’d like to be able to prove it. I just happened to mention to Trouble yesterday that an article I wrote must have been accepted on Yahoo because I saw a little money bag on my account page. He yawned and walked away.
I didn’t put anything up on Associated Content yesterday because I spent the day searching for my brilliant Yahoo piece on NCIS freaks. Now, I know someone is going to tell me there was something posted in the forum that explains the workings, but I get confused going there too.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Yahoo just had a humanoid that could call and tell us where our stuff is when they pick it up? The conversation might go something like this.
“Hello, Nancy. This is Yahoo calling to tell you that the little money bag on your screen means that we have paid you for your recent submission.”
“You actually paid me? Uh, excuse me for just a second. Hold on.”
Silent screaming and jumping around, and a bit of dancing with a very reluctant dog.
“Thanks for holding, Yahoo. So where might I find this? I know it might sound silly, but I’d like to tell a few friends about my good news.”
“It’s on Yahoo. I just told you that.”
“I’m on the home page? Oh, good grief, this is better than I ever expected!”
” No, no, no. You’re not on the home page. Your article was TV. It’s under TV.”
“Oh. How do I get to Yahoo TV?”
” Click more Yahoo sites, TV, scroll down to Your Stories…”
“Wait, wait! Where’s more stories? More TV? What did you say? Is the click spot colored? Start over.”
Audible sigh. “I’m a little busy here, Ms. Cornfield. I have hundreds of contacts to make. Many Associated Content contributors are flooding me with questions just like yours and I don’t have time to walk you through this again. I hope you understand, Ms. Cornfield. How about if I just send you the link and you will be able to see it through that?”
My point exactly.