A year ago come tomorrow, I joined Associated Content. I think I submitted two or three articles, had them declined and told myself they just wasn't who I was looking to write for. A couple of months later, after reading something in a forum about AC, I was compelled to return. I read up on different articles and finally submitted a couple... which were accepted. I was thrilled! I began to write more and was very impressed at the timely payments I received. So I kept writing.
After a few months of writing, I felt I was confident enough to start a blog. The first blog I started led to another topic and then another topic, etc. Now I have five blogs. Although all but one is semi-active (meaning I post in each blog at least once a month), I enjoy blogging very much.
One of my blogs, called DeKalb Ramblings, had such a positive response online that I was compelled to turn it into a full blown webzine. That webzine has been going for almost two months now and the response has been wonderful.
My point is, without starting my writing on AC, I don't think I would've had the confidence to do some of the things I am doing now. I love my job. I get a lot of local respect now, and because of the changes in my professional life, I have decided to change my personal life. I am now a non-smoker, I'm gradually losing weight, and I'm loving life.
As if that wasn't enough, I received a letter last Monday from DAW publishing (an imprint of Penguin USA) that said my novel passed the first reading. They would pass it on to a second reader and if it passed, they would send it on to a senior editor to see if they want to publish it. That's one step closer!
While AC and I have had our bad issues and I still don't make enough money to spit at, I still love writing and I will continue to write for them unless they tell me to shove off. I do feel that my confidence was because I learned gradually by writing for AC.
And so what if my page views are still minuscule? I am still excited over my 30,000 page views and can't wait to reach the next ten thousand.