Raising Boys, Working From Home, Music and Another Lesson For Me

No Doubt JAG
No Doubt JAG (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m no different than the rest of the parents in the world — I think my kids are the coolest. You busted me. From time to time, I’ve even used them to further my Facebook [insert sarcasm] popularity. I never wanted to be one of those parents, but, I can’t help it at times.

Personally, I think I’ve done a fine enough job of embarrassing myself. Here are more Facebook status updates from the archives of my life.

Judge for yourself.

Funny_Facebook_Status_Office_Job
Courtesy of Robin Matteri Facebook

As a mother who works from home, it’s hard to balance work, guilt, and everything else. Summer vacation proved to be an obstacle course similar to a set-up on the television game show Wipeout.

My son wanted attention, and I needed to work. After a few days, staying home began to make me feel more guilty than dropping him off at daycare. Finally, I had to break it down to him. Here’s how it happened:

Me: Nicholas, you have to pretend I’m one of those normal moms who goes to work each morning in an office or something. I’m so sorry but I can’t cater to you every second of the day. We’ll play hockey in a couple hours. Why don’t you go read a book for thirty minutes.

Nicholas: Oh, I’m sorry, I can’t hear you since you’re at work in some office.


My oldest is eighteen now and I’ve been blocked by him on Facebook more times than I can count. It’s tough raising boys when you’re a sappy mom who has NO clue. During a time when I wasn’t blocked one of Tyler’s Facebook status updates made my heart sing. (See Screenshot below)

I think what he’s trying to say is that his love of music is diversified and because of this, he’s become a more culturally aware person. His ability to love No Doubt and Eminem defines him as a person who appreciates art.

I taught him early to respect people who were free in showing vulnerability through music. I allowed him to listen to music that no other mother would have believed. I explained to him how art evolves in many forms and words translate differently to everyone.

In this respect, I am completely triumphant as a parent. So here is the actual screenshot from his Facebook page. Pay attention to the comments which are hilarious and sweet. Bottom line? I didn’t completely “f” up as a mother.

THIS boy LOVES me. :)

Robin_Matteri_Son_Facebook_Status_No_Doubt
Screenshot courtesy of Tyler Hall Facebook

//

Freestyle Blogging News

Freestyle Blogging News is a daily publication aimed at delivering current topics and trends in blogging, content marketing and graphic design. The paper is a collaboration of writers and designers who offer an assortment of tips and advice. Learn how to monetize your blog or tips for using WordPress. There is something different everyday. That’s why it’s called freestyle.

Please join us at Freestyle Blogging News for the latest. Be sure to Tweet using #contentmarketing, #blogging or #design for your chance to be featured.

Freestyle Blogging @ RobinMatteri.com banner
Freestyle Blogging @ RobinMatteri.com banner

I Think Too Much So I Write

I Think Too Much So I Write
I Think Too Much So I Write

When Writers Don’t Play Nice: Writers Blogs and War!

Ernest Hemingway in Milan, 1918
Ernest Hemingway in Milan, 1918 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Writers Don’t Play Nice: Writers Blogs and War!.

Bravo! Bravo! Miranda…. which brings me once again to a couple of things:

Writers are ________________. The best part about it? Every “bleeping” __________________ serves as a valuable lesson.


  1. This post I wrote is likely to get me burned at the stake…again… 16 Tips for New and Used Freelance Writers: Writing for WriterAccess… hahaha… HOW dare I give secrets away…. for free, even.
  2. Pay close attention to the last tip in the above linked article. USE a pen name before entering a forum.
  3. Thanks for comparing “our group” to the likes of Twain and Hemingway.
  4. Oh… I forgot to mention this: Everything I know about freelance writing I learned from a freelance writer. You know the ones, right? The tight-lipped ______________’s who refuse to “reveal” or help new writers with information regarding paying freelance gigs. Cracks me up! Here’s why:
  • The “fragile ego” of a writer is also arrogant. Anything you need to know can be found in writer forum’s ALL over the Internet.
  • Want to know something about freelance writing? Ask a writer. It is IMPOSSIBLE for the ego to remain tame…the urge to barf their brilliance in regard to writing will always defeat their desire to “keep the hot writing spot” a secret. FYI… it’s 2014, Google is KING.
  • FYI again… if you’re such a badass writer, why you worried about sharing information with a newbie? Afraid to lose your gig? Insecure? Maybe not such hot shit?
  • We’re content writing factory workers. Get over yourself.
  • When Oprah calls, rub it in my face. I can’t wait. :)
  • Until then…pay it forward, help another writer… good Lord. Most of the newbie’s are mothers, graduates, dreamers, people, struggling, scared, hopeful, grateful, loving, fearful, and human, like you.

I understand competition — I also understand compassion, integrity, mistakes, fear, struggle, success, life, and friendship.

Signed,

Robin Matteri

16 Tips For New (and Used) Freelance Writers: Writing for WriterAccess


I LOVE WriterAccess! I honestly have nothing to gain from that sentence except for a few bucks—maybe.

WriterAccess for Freelance Writers
WriterAccess for Freelance Writers

I’m not the best writer by any means, but I’ve done well working with this content mill, (the lull in work at the moment is beside the point).

I’m shamelessly linking this post with my referral link but I’ll stand behind the platform.

I moved from a level 3 writer to level 4 relatively quick, although I’m still not sure it was deserved. The $29.99 monthly investment into a grammar software program may have helped me. (HINT! HINT!)

If you’re looking for work in the field of online content writing, there are several options. With these options come several opinions. So what the hell, I’ll throw mine out there as well.

How am I an authority in this field? Simple:

  • I’m a stalker.
  • I’m a pimp.
  • I have a laptop.
  • I have no life.
  • My friends live in cyber-space.
  • I know what ideation and infographic mean even though my spell-checker doesn’t.
  •  I wrote 717 hotel articles for Demand Media back in the day that emphasized keyword placement and the use of the word amenities, over and over and over again. <—–PROOF!
  •  I once dreamed of becoming the next Chuck Klosterman  <—— (Amazon affiliate link, I’ve become one-of-them!), and know I dream of new ways to conjure up a fancy “call to action.” 

     Live by Chuck Klosterman
    This is a must-read for anyone who’s anyone. Chuck Klosterman nails real-world issues with humor, and a unique spin.
  • I read everything, apply to whatever I can, and stalk the hell out of EVERY writing site and forum I can—GOOGLE me, I dare ya. I do it every few weeks just to see where I’m registered. Just kidding, just kidding… BING me actually, I love the reward program. <—– Here’s my referral link. I’m on my way to almost $20 in free gift cards.

Back to my point. If you want to apply to WriterAccess, here are a few pointers, and of course, my referral link cleverly camouflaged into the content of this site. —–>> Right Here!

Here are Your Hints

 

  1. When applying, TAKE YOUR TIME. Complete each section carefully,and apply as though you are an expert in each field. THIS matters.
  2. The test is hard—take your time but don’t sweat it, most of the writers have scored with less than half of the answers incorrect.
  3. In the beginning, regardless of your classification, write as much as possible. The more you write, the more articles you can claim and the more street cred you’re given.
  4. Communicate with clients and the help desk ANY time your are confused, have an issue, etc.
  5. READ through every thread in the forums…word to the wise: stay out of the drama! UGH! Writers are evil. :))
  6. Apply to every casting call but do not expect to get accepted OR work from it….TRUST me, it pays off.
  7. Check the assignment boards ALL the time….I’d set an alarm for the middle of the night as well (hint-hint!)
  8. Count on getting paid TWICE a month like clockwork—UNBELIEVABLE, eh? Yep, they respect the starving artist enough to set up a decent pay schedule.
  9. Pay it forward–help another writer out, just for the heck of it (OR FOR the referral credit–we all have tummy’s to feed!)
  10. Don’t be a pr*ck-*ss writer who can’t take rejection, criticism, feedback, ridicule, and/or praise, (you might get all of this here!)
  11. Keep in mind that this is a stepping stone to a bigger dream SO you’ve got to train someone to take your spot.
  12. YOU’RE a content writer (as am I)—not Danielle Steele–CHILL, and spread the word.
  13. Spend your “off” time tweaking your profile and learn to BLOG for YOURSELF….
  14. The only thing consistent is inconsistency, deal with it or lose your mind.
  15. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket—diversify.
  16. USE A PEN NAME!! Dang it! I could have benefited from this lesson, and one other: STAY out of it! If you’re craving drama, call a 1-900# or join a chat room.

I learned that the hard way too.— LOL — Which sucks when you use your real name. Haha! The only thing I’ve got going for me? I look nothing like this picture — if someone wants to come get me; they’ll push me out of the way, looking for me.

Cheerio Friends!

Oh! But wait, there’s more. I couldn’t call myself a pimp without leaving you with a few more self-promoting links; now could I?

Here’s the best infographic ever with links to other online content writing jobs in the neighborhood. I’d love to tell ya that my nine-year-old put this masterpiece together, but, nope — I did.

And, because I’m so arrogant, pimpalicious, and addicted to the little characters that live within the infographic; here’s one more that you’d never survive life without. Social Media-Whoop! Whoop! 

Oh, good golly! Here’s one more affiliate link before I go ——–> Piktochart for Infographics, check it out.

Most Hilarious Text Message I’ve Heard in a While—But, That’s Just Me!

This text message honestly happened this morning. Forgive me if it’s not the most hilarious thing you’ve heard in weeks; I don’t get out much and nine-year-old’s are totally NOT FUNNY. So, with that, I nearly pissed myself when I saw this:

Here’s your key:

My boyfriend will be referred to as “THE BF”

His brother will be referred to as “THE BRO”

Addicted to Vintage Text Messages
Addicted to Vintage Text Messages

Text Message arrives:

6:10AM:

 “THE BRO” What time is the soccer game?

   “THE BF” 9

“THE BF” checks his phone, reads the next text, looks at me, pauses, reads it again, I yell at him, (“you’ve got time to read a damn text message but not enough time for a hug!! I’m a raging b*tch these days…FYI), “THE BF” gets flustered, wants to cuss at me, sends a response text, and then stares at me.

Hysterical laughing is coming….

“THE BF” is shocked, and manages to read the text history to me without laughing. Here’s what you missed:

6:18AM: 

“THE BRO” Received the letter ‘g’, need a number.

OMG… there are so many things about this that are funny!

  1. Who talks like that–in all seriousness. “THE BRO” is commando!
  2. “THE BF” was so confused when that text came in; it literally took him 4.5 minutes to get it. HAHAHA!!
  3. Time for AT&T to update their font! Lawsuit!!
  4. Speaking of upgrades, “THE BF” is the last man standing who still carries a flip phone-side-slide for texting—WORD!
  5. Thank YOU for small moments.

6:23AM:

“THE BF” NINE:30A.M

That’s not it folks;  “THE BF” hopped into the shower, laughing, of course at “THE BRO.” The shower is a time for inspiration I suppose–after three minutes, “THE BF” bursts into the bedroom…..

“ROB! ROB!” (That’d be me), “I’m gonna text him back now!”

“THE BF” 101 Dude….

“Get it, Rob? Get it? Instead of LOL, I sent 101!!”

90t 1t dude! 

#amwriting #amliving #amloving the dream I live –Thanks Twitter!

6 Facebook Updates From the Archives

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Love Exists

Love exists,

 Romance comes and goes,

 A meaningful life lasts forever.

–Robin Matteri October 2014 Copyright

 

 

This snippet of text originally came to life somewhere within the world of Reddit! A man, concerned about his girlfriend’s mental health reached out to the community for guidance.

Every one offered different advice based on their interpretation of this woman. Somewhere in his words (about 2,000 of them-poor guy), it became clear (to me, anyway), that her struggle was hardly related to deteriorating mental health.

The spiritual health of a person is so often overlooked. In my opinion, his girlfriend lost sight of her authentic self and purpose.

Which got me thinking… most of the other responders told him she was “losing that loving” feeling. The suggested he be more romantic, attentive, and helpful to her needs.

To me, I say hogwash!

Love, romance and everything else along the way, will never override the human spirit, and the innate desire to be needed, fulfilled, and, at peace.

Happy National Poetry Day!