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01-10-2010 01:52 AM
Twocoolboys Hey 2A's! I'm doing 14 in 14 days, too. I've got two articles done, 12 to go. I need that contest to give me a kick in the pants. I've been a bit lazy with the on-line writing lately.
01-10-2010 01:35 AM
MyTwoAs Wow, I'm going to miss this forum as well. It has helped me soooo much! I started writing for the web 3 years ago this month and have grown by leaps and bounds and I owe most of it to this forum.

I was getting ready to log on here about the 14 posts in 14 days challenge, I think I'm going to participate in it even though it's been live for a few days. I need to get more articles online and this is a good way to get my articles up...now if only this raging ear infection would go away I could take the time to actually write.
01-10-2010 01:27 AM
Twocoolboys I wrote the first post in this thread almost 2.5 years ago! That's a long time for a thread to still be active. Thanks to everyone who jumped in, gave advice and supported all their fellow Suite writers!

I'll miss this little corner of MDC!
01-10-2010 12:46 AM
lisarussell In light of the writing mom's forum closing, I want to invite you all to http://MDCwriters.ning.com It's a free service and it's easy to sign up, they have message forums, blogs, chatrooms, etc

I also made a facebook page in case the ning group is too much (I think everyone is on facebook) facebook has all the same goodies- you probably already know

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=280723111507

This group means a lot to me, I could not have built this career without the support of my MDC mom friends. I miss you all already.

Moderator- I have no possible way of making money from either of the links I have posted, in case you wondered.
01-10-2010 12:26 AM
lisarussell solid goals are a very good thing I;m thinking if you had your own website for haircare, you could sell some of your articles bundled up into ebooks, like "Everything you need to know about your frizzy hair" or "Straight hair owner's guide" or "Inter-racial adoption guide to adorable hairstyles" Who knows Congrats on that $10 day Earnings are up now, almost back to normal. Now that Xmas is over & all. I have to remember this for next year.
01-04-2010 03:33 PM
widemouthedfrog smokering, I have also noticed a few hair care writing contracts on Elance. Not sure if you do that, but you might want to bid on them to see what they'll pay.
01-04-2010 06:20 AM
Smokering I feel a bit silly posting this after Lisa's post, but I just had my first-ever OVER-$10 day. Yay! I can't see any spikes in traffic that would indicate an article was linked to, so I'm hoping this is symptomatic of an upwards increase and not just a random one-off good day.

DH officially launched his web design business on January 1, and plans to quit his job and work from home full-time by the end of the year. I'm excited, but also a little scared as it could mean my privileged little writing hobby actually becomes important. It's possible we'll really need my Suite income this year, instead of being able to use it as Internet fun money. So I have some extra incentive to get my revenues up! I have a this-much-a-month-by-December goal to work towards...
12-29-2009 08:02 PM
Mamja Hey Angela, I was reading a tutorial on suite and noticed a testimonial from you. Nothing special, I just though it was cool that I "know" you!

http://www.suite101.com/learn/where_revenue_comes_from
12-17-2009 05:46 PM
lisarussell my daily average is down $3 a day so far this month - good thing I"m not checking every day that would be a bummer. For the first time in a very long time i dipped below $10 for a day (what, no pouting smilie?)

life is busy, life is good & thank heaven for demand studios at the moment
12-16-2009 09:19 PM
Smokering Nope! My earnings are still increasing, albeit very very very slowly. I'm making a few dollars more every month - not the huge leap I'd like to be making, but not too bad either! I have a few Christmas articles, maybe five... one is doing very well in terms of PVs, but I don't know if it's affecting my revenue much.

I've also been posting fewer articles since my NaNo non-fiction blitz, so I need to get back into it. Right now even doing my FW minimum feels like a chore. But I have a huge list of things I want to buy - bookshelves, an electric grain mill, and a holiday for next year - so I should really start putting my nose to the grindstone!
12-14-2009 06:06 PM
widemouthedfrog Only in the last few days, but I have holiday articles. I think that people have moved past my baking and card and advent articles into real life Christmas shopping now that it's getting late to ship things.

I am dreading January and must get on some early spring-ish articles to bridge the gap before my gardening articles pick up again.

I am jazzed that I made almost $150 last month, though! That is way beyond my expectations when I started this. My next big goal is $300/month.
12-14-2009 05:50 PM
Mamja So has anyone been seeing a HUGE drop in earnings? I sure have. Maybe it's because everyone is looking for holiday stuff, and I have no holiday articles? How are you mamas faring with holiday articles?
11-26-2009 05:54 PM
Mamja
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I keep meaning to write articles comparing the total lack of fiber & minerals in processed baby foods compared to simply giving baby mashed whole foods.

I did it for an eHow article and could have written forever

the USDA has a great resource for comparing nutrition stats
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/
I'd love to see that Lisa. I'm really curious how they differ. Just because they don't have additives does NOT mean they are the same as fresh food.
11-25-2009 04:29 AM
lisarussell I keep meaning to write articles comparing the total lack of fiber & minerals in processed baby foods compared to simply giving baby mashed whole foods.

I did it for an eHow article and could have written forever

the USDA has a great resource for comparing nutrition stats
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/
11-22-2009 09:27 PM
KoalaMama I just read an article at Suite suggesting people start feeding their infants cereal at 3 mos of age. Gah. I wrote to the author suggesting she reference the current AAP advice of exclusive breastfeeding (or formula) until 6 mos of age.

From a personal standpoint, I hate the idea that someone might read this and start feeding their infant packaged rice cereal at 3 mos! From a professional standpoint, I dislike the idea that someone would associate something I write with something not well researched. (I know lots of people think this is ok, but it is not supported even in the mainstream community. And I feel someone writing on the subject should probably reference that.)
11-21-2009 03:28 PM
beanma Hey y'all,

I'm taking a bit of a suite break. I got my 10 articles and now I really need to concentrate on the house stuff (we're remodeling the kitchen) and holiday stuff and my ability to multitask is just not that stellar. I might try to get an article or two in for the holiday challenge. When is the deadline on that? But other than that I'm just going to sit tight for a bit. My revenues have plummeted as predicted since Halloween. People are still reading my Where The Wild Things Are Halloween Costumes articles, though! of course the views are about 1/10 of what they were, but they're still my highest PVs on some days!! Wouldn't have predicted that!
11-21-2009 12:44 PM
widemouthedfrog Ok, three more for you:
How to avoid frizzy flat, thin hair?
How to prevent flat, thin hair from looking oily.
And in children (as my dd inherited my hair) how do you prevent a child's thin hair from getting huge knots - it's frizzy and seems to tie itself together spontaneously.
11-21-2009 09:27 AM
Twocoolboys Smokering - I've got an idea for you. I need to know how to take care of a toddler's curly hair. My son's hair is curly and really wonderul, but I'm not to sure how to deal with it. It's often a tangled mess. The only time I really get all the snarls out is when he has a bath and I load it with conditioner. Any helpful tips for me? Could you get a whole article out of that?
11-21-2009 05:35 AM
Smokering I'm doing the NaNo non-fiction cheat this month, so plenty of Suite articles... but I've suddenly run dry of haircare deas! I'm nearly two weeks behind now - better start thinking...

My revenues were down early this month but have been higher than usual during the last week or so. Come to think of it, my revenues always seem to dip at the start of the month. Anyone else? Why would this be?
11-19-2009 06:39 PM
MyTwoAs Hellloooooooo. How is everyone? My daughter has been sick several days a week for two months and both kids have been in and out of the ER so I emailed my new editor to give her an update. I want to stay on as the FW but I'd understand if she needed me to step down but she thanked me for the communication and let me stay - woo. I have a list of about 15 autism-related topics brainstormed, I just need to sit down and write.
10-31-2009 07:32 PM
lisarussell After ten articles, at least this used to be the rule, every writer is supposed to have an editorial review (with two editors going over their entire body of work) to determine whether or not they can continue writing for the site.

However, they fell WAY behind, several months if I remember correctly,and were apologizing about it.

Maybe they gave up? I got mine faster because I applied to be a FW, I haven't paid attention to policy changes since then.

As far as typos in my articles- I'd rather hear it from another Suite writer, instead of a reader, for sure.
10-30-2009 11:48 PM
KoalaMama
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Melanie- I checked out your Examiner, you're doing great over there and your picture is so cute, it looks like you're laughing, the smile is so deep in your eyes, I hope everyone gets a warm impression from it
Lisa, I missed this earlier! Thanks so much for your sweet words! : I've completely neglected Examiner for the past two weeks, which is not really getting me off to the best start! But I have big plans for November, so I guess I'll hit the ground running again this weekend!

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good luck!!
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What subject? Good luck!
Thank you both! I applied for the Webmaster Resources FW position. I have about 15 years experience with web stuff, and I love the topic, so it's a pretty easy one for me to write about. Here's hoping I get the spot!

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Now for my second month (by Nov 13) I want an EC, 30 published articles, a $5 day and to hit $50 before the end of October. I'll also throw a FW position into that wish list.
Quoting myself to update on my earlier goals... My revenue for yesterday was $5.55, which put me past the $50 mark tonight! Woot! I have 26 articles, so 30 before November 13th will be a breeze. (Especially because I'm going to do the 30-in-30 challenge. Anyone else?) Now to land that FW position and find something worthy of an EC...
10-30-2009 11:18 PM
Mamja
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Ok, glad to know I'm not the only one that would prefer to know about a typo! I think I'll assume all writers are the same, and nicely point them out when I see them.

I think I'm going to apply to be a FW today, so I'll let you know if that brings about an evaluation!
What subject? Good luck!
10-30-2009 11:17 PM
Mamja
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I thought you definitely get reviewed if you requested a promotion to FW. That could have changed, I guess.

As far as typos, I always send a polite message, something to the effect of "I was surfing and found myself at this article you wrote (link). Great piece! I also thought you might like to know you have a typo..." I personally would want people to let me know about it.
Same here. If you are to-the-point and polite, I think it's fine to point out mistakes.
10-30-2009 06:09 PM
MyTwoAs
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ok, glad to know i'm not the only one that would prefer to know about a typo! I think i'll assume all writers are the same, and nicely point them out when i see them.

i think i'm going to apply to be a fw today, so i'll let you know if that brings about an evaluation!
good luck!!
10-30-2009 03:58 PM
KoalaMama Ok, glad to know I'm not the only one that would prefer to know about a typo! I think I'll assume all writers are the same, and nicely point them out when I see them.

I think I'm going to apply to be a FW today, so I'll let you know if that brings about an evaluation!
10-30-2009 03:32 PM
white_queen_22
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Do they still do evaluations? The only place I heard about it was on this thread. I don't recall seeing anything about a review when I joined Suite, or on the Suite forums.

So... what would you do if you read an article with a typo? Would you email the author? The editor? Ignore it? As a writer, what would you prefer someone do if they found a typo in one of your articles?

I know typos might seem like no big deal, and they certainly happen to everyone, but I hate it when I discover one in my own work. I'd rather someone point it out to me so I could fix it. It's like having spinach in your teeth... tell me, please!!

I saw a couple of errors (typographical and formatting inconsistencies) in a Suite article the other day, and it had received an editor's choice award! That kind of blew me away, as I thought those were held to pretty high standards.
Just email the author using the contact me form when you click their name. That's the easiest way. :-)

Angela <><
10-30-2009 02:51 PM
MyTwoAs Ditto evies_mom on the note with a typo. I hate when I see typos in my own posts. I have this thing with know and now, I obviously KNOW the difference between the two but sometimes my hands just get to typing and I miss it on an edit.
10-30-2009 01:11 PM
evies_mom I thought you definitely get reviewed if you requested a promotion to FW. That could have changed, I guess.

As far as typos, I always send a polite message, something to the effect of "I was surfing and found myself at this article you wrote (link). Great piece! I also thought you might like to know you have a typo..." I personally would want people to let me know about it.
10-29-2009 08:36 PM
KoalaMama Do they still do evaluations? The only place I heard about it was on this thread. I don't recall seeing anything about a review when I joined Suite, or on the Suite forums.

So... what would you do if you read an article with a typo? Would you email the author? The editor? Ignore it? As a writer, what would you prefer someone do if they found a typo in one of your articles?

I know typos might seem like no big deal, and they certainly happen to everyone, but I hate it when I discover one in my own work. I'd rather someone point it out to me so I could fix it. It's like having spinach in your teeth... tell me, please!!

I saw a couple of errors (typographical and formatting inconsistencies) in a Suite article the other day, and it had received an editor's choice award! That kind of blew me away, as I thought those were held to pretty high standards.
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