Today while perusing my PayPal account, my eyes paused over something I’d never seen before: Payment From Yahoo! Contributor Network.
At first I thought it was a happy mistake, or that I’d written something and sold something I’d forgotten about — with the immediate intent to track down the source of my success.
Turns out Associated Content, a site that I began writing for back in August 2006, just as my son was entering kindergarten and I gained more writing time, was now named Yahoo! Contributor Network.
Admittedly, I hadn’t written for the site in a good little while (gotta get back on there soon!) and I even had to search around a little to find my own page:
I knew Yahoo! had purchased Associated Content, but I had no idea that the Yahoo! Contributor Network plans to add 400,000 contributors of the written word, video and the like in the wake of the acquisition.
So this is exciting.
I’ve written 140 articles for “AC” — as we used to call them — in the four years I’ve belonged to the site, logging on as user #17,770 — don’t know if that’s totally sequential, but it gives you an idea of how many folks had found and applied to write for the site back then.
In those four years, thank God, my pageviews of all my articles for them have swelled to nearly 4 million, and I’ve pocketed nearly $14k thus far from the site.
I’m one comment shy of 4,000 thousand comments received (funny how only nearly 400 of them have been posted — geez, what are these people writing?) and am seriously wanting to get back to writing for them.
Most of all I’m pretty happy at the direction the whole user generated media field has taken — despite what others may think about the medium, it keeps on chugging forward.