As a recent beginner on Associated Content, I thought I could offer up some tips to other beginners. There are several hurdles to get over as you get started, two of the main ones being ideas and advertising.
As you sit in front of your computer, many times your mind will go blank. It can be tough to come up with ideas to write about. Brainstorming will help you to overcome this.
Chances are that you have a lot to say. There are any number of things you can speak on. Think about things that are related to your job. Think of the things your family comes to you for around the house. Think about the things that your friends call you for help about. Think about recent problems you have had to overcome. Before you know it, you have twenty topics right there!
If this doesn’t work for you, there’s other places you can go. Look around your house at your latest picks for movies, television, music or books. You can write a review for these. Check out the assignment desk for ideas from Associated Content. Search the site for articles others have written and write your own take. Think of stories you’ve heard in the news lately and write about those. Look through your computer files and see if you have anything you’ve written before that you can improve and post.
The key here is to write the ideas down as they come. Have a pen and paper with you as you do this. Jot down your ideas and maybe a couple of notes to help you get started. You can’t write all those articles at once! That way as you go along day by day, you always have your list to come back to.
After you write your articles, it’s important to get them out there. The best way to start is by sharing your link with friends and family. That way you have people you trust to read your articles to make sure you’re ready to put them out in the world. Think of it as a trial run.
When you’re ready to really take the leap, the best course of action is a social networking site. Post the link on something like Myspace, Facebook, Livejournal, Twitter, or another networking site. Request that your friends share the link if they see fit. Before you know it, you’ll have hundreds or even thousands of views.
Another good thing to do is join AC message boards or communities. That way you can find others within the website who share your interests. It’s a good way to share and to maybe even find new friends.
Enjoy your Associated Content experience. The most important thing is to have fun!!