Old School Social Networking: No Fancy Wording or Insights. We Called it MySpace! Yep, Yep!

Back in the day, social networking was simply called MySpace. Instead of photoshop, we introduced ourselves with music that defined us. That’s networking homies!

There were no fancy terms designed to amplify views or user engagement. Content Marketing was something the bigwigs of NYC did from nine-to-five. We logged on, stalked like crazy with advanced searching that was on point, then spammed the hell out of everyone with friend requests, and potential dates.

I’m pretty sure I was a rock star at age thirty-two, kickin’ it on MySpace. No joke, my son was ten at the time, he set up my account for me. OMG, he’s going to be a fantastic writer — my crazy antics have made it easy for that child (now eighteen), to fill journal after journal with notes for future Psych visits, and queries to book editors.

He was also a personal photographer for my online dating profile picture.

Facebook and Myspace collaboration would’ve been cool.

OMG, what am I, a 23 yr old?

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.

6 Facebook Updates From the Archives

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Hardest Working Broke Chick: Poverty Education


Sometimes I wonder…. I can’t understand it, and I’ve said it before— I’m the hardest working broke chick I know. On the flip side-poverty has taught me: website design, visual design, content marketing, networking, WAY more about how GOOGLE operates than I should know, WAY more about nerdy shit then I should know, how to be a pimp and annoy everyone, how to properly index a site, how to rank a blog, how to beat F’book at their own game (just kidding, just kidding, don’t cyber-slap me Zuckerburg), how to spam like the brilliant Nigerian, and finally, patience. <—-oh wait, that’s the medication, not poverty.

English: A juxtaposition of affluence and poverty
English: A juxtaposition of affluence and poverty (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not sure if I’d rather have had knowledge or money to pay someone else to do all this…. I’ll let you know the verdict when I’m living large as a “Thousandaire” —-

Sneaky Online Dating Profile From the Facebook Archives

I was a frequent flyer when it came to dating back in 2008 and 2009. Oh, and, 2010. Ok, and part of 2011… An article I wrote for Yahoo! Voices gives some good advice as to creating a legit dating profile to attract the right mate. Below is an example (JUST ONE) of why I should of bought online dating membership’s in bulk from aisle 6 at Costco.

Priceless Dating

Infographic: How Profound: The Facebook Archive Speaks Wisdom

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Facebook Archives Philosophy Robin Matteri Copyright 2014

From the Facebook archives of my life, I find something profound from a few years ago. At some point in life we all go through periods where we examine our path and wonder if we’re doing what we always wanted to be doing.

For me, these times always involve alcohol.

In this particular case, the beer was amazing at crafting words of philosophical genius.

For the record, I’m finally doing what I’ve always wanted to be doing. It’s making me feel guilty about not doing what I should be doing.

The tortured irony of my life never gets old.