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Articles for Fathers Day

Just in time for Fathers Day, a few articles I wrote have been published.

"Father Knows Nothing: Most Incompetent TV Dads", a brief round-up of the worst dads on TV. I restricted my list to current shows, or I would have included the dad from "Malcolm in the Middle." I probably could have done a lot more with this, but I was having trouble coming up with dads who matched the level of incompetence of those on this list.

"Movies That Celebrate Single Fatherhood" was in response to an assignment to write a movie round-up for Fathers Day. We could take any angle we wanted, but we were supposed to strive for something unique. First, I brainstormed with The Gryphon, then I looked at the list and saw a trend. Some of my favorite movies featuring dads happened to be about single dads.

I've got another article to write today (a Fathers Day profile), and then I've got some other things to take care of, so I don't know if I'll get a chance to post anything else.


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Jun. 10th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
I love seeing your articles. :-)

I am signed up on the Associated Content site as well. I haven't yet contributed anything... I suppose I feel a bit intimidated especially when I see stuff like yours. But do you just pick a topic in your head and run with it? I'm still sort of feeling my way around. Any tips for a newbie? :-)
Jun. 10th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
Here's an article that might help: How to Generate Article Ideas for Associated Content. Even though it's now the Yahoo Contributor Network, the principles are the same. Also, there are other related articles linked below it that may help, too.

I'm fortunate in that I applied to be a featured contributor in both Yahoo! Movies and Yahoo! Television, so I get possible assignments sent to me on a regular basis. I claim only the assignments where I can immediately come up with ideas and am confident I can make the deadline. If you're not a featured contributor, you can still look at the Assignment Desk and claim any assignments that appeal to you. That's how I started two years ago.

I'd say the advice about "write about what you talk about" is a good one. One of my articles that's generated the most hits since I wrote it is about "How to Revise a Poem." It's a topic I basically live with, having written poems for roughly 30 years. I wrote it from personal experience, and it's been a big hit with readers. If there's something you love to talk about, that would be something worth writing about. Also, it might help to do a Web search to see if anyone else has written about something similar. Try to take a unique take on the topic so it will stand out in search results.

Since I don't think I actually know your real name, why don't you visit my profile and add me to your favorites? I'll get a notification and can add you to my favorites, too. That way I can read whatever you write, especially if I happen to miss an LJ post about it (which is, sadly, too often the case anymore).

Hope this helps!
Jun. 11th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
This is all really fantastic advice and I really, really, really appreciate you taking the time out to give this to me. Thank you very much. And I'll definitely add you on my account. Now if I can just work up the nerve to start throwing stuff out there... lol...

Thank you so much. It helps a ton!
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Jun. 10th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
Agreed! I also would have included the dad from "Malcolm in the Middle." Now I kind of wish I hadn't limited myself. I just wanted to make sure it was timely and relevant.
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