An idea for Helium and AC Writers

@Canellita (12059)
United States
May 15, 2010 11:00pm CST
A couple of months ago I started digitizing some of my old print articles from the 1990s and posting them to AC for page views. I wanted to make the information from some interviews with Jazz musicians I had written about available to anyone who might have been doing research or just reading about someone after hearing their recording or performance. I also posted a piece on this artist I had been dealing with at the time through a gallery I was affiliated with. Well today I get a phone call from someone I know at the Jazz and Heritage Foundation who was doing research on this particular artist who said she was trying to get some current contact information on him. Ironically, I just spoke with him two weeks ago at Jazz Fest. You just never know who is going to find your stuff online. So my suggestion to you contributors to all those passive income sites that take previously published material is to take all your old first-time serial rights stuff from before the internet and republish it for page views. It may actually lead to something. Sometimes it turns out the big bad web is a small world after all.
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@ericpapasit (1276)
• Philippines
16 May 10
Skills are in you friend.... But when you post your article in the web make some SEO if you want a more smaller web.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
16 May 10
Wouldn't SEO enlarge the world? The whole point in using SEO is to increase your SERP which means more people would find and read your content, which is the point of having it there in the first place. I am not sure what you mean, but the person who called me was someone I know who was happy to connect her research to a real person she could reach by going into her rolladex to get contact information on this other person she wanted to contact. I get contacted for stuff like that often, just not necessarily as a result of an article I posted online.
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@AnythngArt (3305)
• United States
16 May 10
I think this is a wonderful idea, particularly when you have got a subject so rich in history like your work interviewing jazz musicians. I also can't wait to read your article about making those O bracelets with the Rwandan women. Did you ever read the book, "We Regret to Inform You" about the Rwandan crisis? It's really good.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
16 May 10
No, I've never heard of that. But I got a book at the Dollar Store I am hoping to read soon that I know you would be interested in. It's called "Freedom. The Story of My Second Life," by Malika Oukfir. Got that and Robert Fulghum's "What on Earth Have I Done?" I took so many photos once that O project actually started and I took some video also. I have been trying to figure out how I was going to use it all, but now I have my blog :-)
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• United States
16 May 10
And of course, by now you realize that you can write shorter, secondary articles for Helium, RedGage, and Gather, and link them back to your blog. I think you need to build your Gather audience a little bit...as if you didn't have anything else to do. You write good stuff there, but even with hundreds of friends, I am lucky to get 10 to read and comment on one of my articles. I have been using Twitter to promote my Gather stuff, and it really works. Your dollar store books sound good. I wish I had that book on Rwanda. I would mail it to you, but I think I gave it away to a friend. I will have a look around here and let you know if I find it.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
17 May 10
I am going to try and start doing more book reviews for helium and movie reviews for AC. I guess I should learn to summarize and spin sections of my blogs to post at those other sites but I feel like I need a real workstation with an editorial calendar I can put up on a board and see every day to help me be organized and productive. It's coming though. May 27 is my last class and then I am going to try and take a month off from working outside the house. I was supposed to participate in a creative community garage sale but it got postponed so I am going to see about doing a flea market sale the first Saturday in June, though that's coming up and I'm nowhere near organized. It may have to wait until July.