C'Mon, C'Mon, Let's Work Together: An Open Invitation

 With so much information of varying kinds being hurled at us from all directions, it can sometimes be difficult to decipher good content from nonsensical dreck. Since beginning this new career path of freelance writing, the amount of research required to make a pseudo-educated guess at time-worthy ventures threatens to exhaust the brain as well as the eyes. But in the short time along this path I have been fortunate to connect with some quality people offering quality information. Which brings me to my point: networking.

I have never been a joiner, social butterfly or extrovert in any way aside from makeup, clothes and hair color. However, I am finding it really easy to converse with people of like minds, and help each other out in the way of promoting blog and website links. The idea of sharing valuable information is so appealing to me, especially when potential opportunities can arise from networking with others to produce a mutually beneficial collaboration. Almost everyday brings a new experience with a fellow writer or entrepreneur, perhaps this is one of the reasons why I know I have found my true calling.

Since I have yet to make up my mind regarding the focus of this here blog, I like the idea of being able to invite others to share their knowledge via website, blog or article. I believe the subject matter shouldn't really matter provided it offers valuable content in any way, shape or form. Case in point: Super Earthling is the latest addition to my list of favorite blogs and websites, which is written by a wildly talented lady who provides the reader with an artistic perspective on life, love and laughter. This fellow writer brings such a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table while entertaining us with her amazingly creative projects. I personally love her outside-the-box way of thinking and find her blog very inspiring.

So I invite you, dear reader, to share your website, blog or article with me and let's walk hand in hand along this information super-highway. We need the stability of each other to keep from falling in the abyss of unnecessary bullshit which often paves the road here. I for one know we would all do a lot better with less bullshit in our lives. It can be quite a daunting task to provide something unique and interesting for others to learn from and appreciate, so let's do it together by networking. Ya dig?

Getting Started: Writing Articles For InfoBarrel

Life in the freelancing lane has been wonderful so far. I went from barely there writing, to writing everyday in addition to freelancing. Remember, there have been an embarrassing number of years which have passed since I've done any kind of regular writing, with the exception of a personal journal. I had to start somewhere to get the rusty wheels turning again with some amount of fluidity. There is an unbelievable amount of research information to absorb out there, so I've done my best to wade through the masses and choose the avenues which struck me as valuable first.

 Enter Infobarrel.com. This site allows you to write about pretty much anything you want, provided it's informative and well written. The more articles you write, the better chances you have to develop an audience and gain traffic. Traffic = revenue. The ultimate objective here is to earn a little money for your articles through Google AdSense. Little being the keyword, but with the right kind of articles and researched keywords it can really start to add up.

The InfoBarrel community is friendly and welcoming to newcomers, and readily helps us newbies figure out all the tech-y stuff while we try to get a good article base going. The site is user friendly and there are always a lot of interesting articles to read, comment on and rate. Perhaps it helps spark new ideas for your own writing as well.

I'll keep you posted on my experiences with InfoBarrel, so keep checking in or subscribe to my blog's feed to learn more about it and see if it's right for you.

UPDATE: I have made the decision to remove my articles from InfoBarrel and post them on HubPages instead. This was a very smart move on my part, because not only have all of my articles--or Hubs--received an amazing amount of views and positive feedback in a very short period of time, they have already generated revenue, which is the added bonus.

I wish all InfoBarrelers well and continued success, it just wasn't the right fit for me and my writing. If you haven't signed up for HubPages yet and would like to, you can do so under my referral

Awesome Horror Movie of the Month

Better late than never, it must be said that October is my favorite month of the year, and of course with it comes Halloween, my favorite holiday. In honor of my new career path and my favorite holiday, I am starting a monthly article called "Awesome Horror Movie of the Month". Featured this month is Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon which is currently available on Netflix streaming, but well worth purchasing either online or at your favorite DVD outlet.

Brilliantly written with a refreshingly new take on the slasher/serial killer subgenre, and keeps us horror fanatics on our toes with plenty of references to our beloved franchises of the 80's. See why I like it already? Ok, I may be a little biased because it's partially shot in my hometown, on very familiar grounds. This is what grabbed my attention within the first 15 minutes, when I realized they were filming in the parking lot of what used to be Johnny B's on Hawthorne, not-so-very long ago. We all love to see our beloved hometown captured on film, it sparks an instant connection, and perhaps keeps us watching a little longer when we may otherwise be getting ready to give it the gong. But that certainly isn't the case for this film. Hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and were thankful for the 90 minutes of quality entertainment which is so hard to come by these days--particularly within the horror genre of today.

So give this one a looksee if you're wanting something to set a perfect Halloween mood, maybe even play it at your upcoming Halloween party. The filmmakers are trying to get a sequel made but need our help to fund it. Check out their Facebook page which features a fundraising contest where you can win a prop from the film, or at the very least get an autographed soundtrack (which is awesome, by the way). Two thumbs up!

Click here to purchase Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon DVD on Amazon

If Only Everyday Were Like Today...

Today began with a flurry of article writing, a rare occurrence, as I am not the speediest writer in the world. I know, I know, patience and practice, patience and practice. And I have to remember that I am only in my fifth week of freelance writing. I guess I'm excited because it only took 40-something years to figure out this career path for myself, after being a Jill-of-all-trades for most of my life. Each day unfolds another little layer in this writing process, and I'm astonished at how well I'm managing to learn and implement this new knowledge into my craft. Anywho, back to today...

After writing said articles for the content mill site I work for, I had the pleasure of wrapping up several record sales most of which were Halloween related. Being that Halloween records are my personal passion and most favorite genre of records to sell, you can see how this quickly became one helluva good day. Before getting involved with freelance writing, packing up records was by far my favorite part of my job...ok, maybe record shopping is my favorite part of my job, but you get the idea. Sales equal $$ and $$ means I get to keep the lights on awhile longer.

I know everyday can't be like today, but as we progress into Fall, the holidays and Winter, I'm likely to see more of them as 2011 comes to a close. I've spent a good amount of time and money gathering up a delightful collection of Christmas records for the upcoming holidays, but have found that they tend to sell all year round. Hey, who am I to try to figure it out? I just try to please my customers and continue to hunt for the rare and hard to find, as well as the just cool records which keep vinyl alive.

Have I confused you? One minute I'm talking about writing, the next I'm gushing about vinyl records. What's this bloody blog about anyways?? Well, both. I'm still figuring it out, so if I haven't lost you yet, stay with me, at the very least it won't be boring...

Giving it A Shot...Launching My Freelance Writing Career

OK, after finally figuring out what I want to be when I grow up, I have been soaking up as much information about it as my big eyes can drink in...but only as much as my brain can handle. Whew! There is SO much information available out there, and it's up to me to figure out the best of the best and run like mad with it. With a LOT of help from an internet pal, and a LOT of moral support from hubby, I am taking the leap.

So far, so good. I signed up with a content mill site (one of the better ones), to get in the practice of writing everyday, and clearing the rust from my mental wheels. At least it pays a little with every article completed, so I don't feel as though I'm sending all these words off into cyberspace without getting anything back. Check. Then I signed up with a few sites to produce content of my choosing, and get paid via ad revenue. The process for this has put me in a catatonic state for the most part, but I must admit a lot of people have been very helpful and patient while leading me through it step by step. Check. The jury is still out on this one though, as I'm discovering it takes a shit-ton of content to produce even the smallest results. However, that being said, I am only in week 5 of my new profession, and really loving it so far.

While my blog is supposed to be about all things vinyl, I think I'm going to change the format a bit and perhaps split the content in half...or should I start a whole new blog dedicated to my writing trials, tribulations and (hopefully) successes?? Hmmm.