I am what you call a “newbie” at Associated Content (better know as AC). I haven’t been onboard for even two weeks, but it didn’t take me long to discover the value of the AC Forums.
As usual, I’ve had questions, questions, and more questions. But thanks to several alert and caring fellow Content Producers (CPers), I’m learning.
My introduction to the AC forums all started less than two weeks ago. I’d been typing my little fingers off, submitting articles, when I was interrupted with “YOU’VE GOT MAIL!”
I hadn’t planned to read my new email immediately, as I didn’t want to lose my train of thought, but clicked, anyway. The subject line title sent me into my first AC happy dance. “Offer from Associated Content”, the subject read.With trembling hands, I clicked and read on….Not a big offer, but I was just thrilled to finally get started. So, of course, I wanted to accept. I did as instructed, clicking on the link, logging on to “My Content” page. However, I must have been so elated about my first offer that I didn’t see the acceptance drop-down box. Yet, I think I clicked “yes” without realizing it. After all, it did say, “processing…”
Did my acceptance go through?
I knew not to send a reply email as it came from a “no.reply…” sender, and I could see how the Content Readers obviously were swamped reading all those submissions….
Awww…the Forums! I wrote my first thread….
Less than five minutes later, I got not just one answer but had several CPers, come to my rescue. During this time, I got another email “Offer from Associated Content.“…Now a bit calmer, but just as excited, I did see the now-obvious “drop-down” box and accepted my second offer…
All was well for the next few days, as I continued writing, and getting offers. Then on Monday, I got my first rejection. To be honest, I somewhat expected it, knowing the content was about a timely newsworthy celebrity story. As we well know, celebrity news changes quicker than you can blink. I was given the chance to rewrite my submission, which I did. However, I really just wanted to delete it, but couldn’t find the delete button. Then when I discovered I couldn’t delete a picture, I wanted to delete the entire article. Again, I found some needed answers, just in time, on the forums.
The next day I got another offer, explaining that I would have received a bigger offer, if I’d chosen “exclusive” rights rather than “nonexclusive…” Not a problem, I thought, knowing I I hadn’t submitted this article elsewhere and didn’t intend to do so later. I assumed that it said to just edit it and resend it. However, when I edited it, I was puzzled why a new offer didn’t appear, wondering if I’d done something wrong. It did say, “processing”. Again, I posted a message, learning I should have copied it onto a new template for a fresh submission. I quickly did just that.
My point is, “thank God or these forums. There are a real godsend for newbies like me who need help getting ’round their new cyberspace community.
Besides offering help and information, the forums also fill a need for socialization. Let’s face it. Although rewarding, writing is one of the loneliest professions on earth. At the forum “watercolor” threads, I can hang out and talk about stuff besides writing. An added bonus is that when I either ask a question or answer one, I have the chance to present a link to my AC page, giving me more page views, meaning higher offers, and more exposure.
In summation, I am satisfied with my experience as a CPer since I wrote my first article about nine days ago. Even though I’ve made mistakes, I’m thankful for the forums.