Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Don’t look now…

…but there’s a third person in blogland!

And I’m very excited because IT’S ME!

Some weeks back I started the process of being a third person. No, this isn’t because I’m going to Weight Watchers. That would actually be the process of losing the third person I’ve been carrying around in the form of excess…ummm…. Jenny.

This was actually the process of learning to write in the third person…because I was asked to submit some articles for a National Blog linking “Local Experts”. It took me awhile to figure out what I was a “Local Expert” in. And after considerable thought I realized I am really an expert in surviving an Empty Nest in Mesa, Arizona .
I had to send in sample articles which were actually a great writing discipline for me. It really stretched my brain to write in a different way. And I actually kind of liked it. So I sent them. Various people there “critiqued” them and then they gave me a green light.

I was impressed because there are all kinds of things you need to do to write for this blog…actual paperwork, background checks, and filling out independent contractor forms because you actually get paid for what you write. Kind of exciting.

So, I’m sharing this with you today for a few reasons. The first is…Click here to GO LOOK!!!!! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE! I have a bio and a linkback to my personal blog and this makes me feel kinda/sorta like a “real” writer. You can’t tell in my picture but my feet are doing a happy dance.

The second reason I’m sharing this with you is because I know a lot of are looking for writing exposure. I’m not going to tell you this was a piece of cake process because it wasn’t. I am still reading “how to’s” but I like the idea of learning AP style writing and I like the idea of stretching my writing muscles. I’ve been focused on learning how to attribute pictures, use their publishing tools, and discipline my word count. But it’s fun! And it’s different! And there are a lot of learning resources available like tutorials and call-in conference calls! And I like the idea of expanding my horizons.

If you read my page and think this might be something you want to try, e-mail me (jennymatlock at cox dot net) and put “Examiner” in the subject line and I’ll tell you how to submit an application.

I don’t know where this will lead, but for me, writing is a journey and I am all about trying new paths along the way! And thank heavens this particular path is wide enough for a third person to fit beside me.

And in case I wasn’t obvious enough CLICK HERE to read my first article!

Thanks for letting me share my excitement with you!

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41 comments:

Sue said...

Nice job, Jenny! It's always satisfying to take your writing in a new direction...

(The corn sounds wonderful, by the way. We haven't had any really good ears of it yet...)

=)

Holly said...

Congrats...this sounds fantastic. I am so excited for you! off to read your article!

Lourie said...

You don't have to tell me twice. I am on my way there now!

Laura said...

First of all- congratulations!

Could this be something for me, dare I ask?

Laura
White Spray Paint

Cheryl said...

Yay you! Nice article. I checked the list of available cities and the closest one to me is 50 miles away. Sure I could've gone with the topic of White Collar Crime Examiner, but I might meet too many people I already know if I did that.

5thsister said...

Yea Jenny! Excellent article. You do us proud!

Jewel said...

Congrats. I poked around on the site. Some nicely, done and professional articles there. The wheels of my muse are turning with this one. Now, I'm off to read your article.

Sami said...

Wow, how exciting!! Congratulations! Remember us when you get to the big times :)

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Jenny, great job on the article! I think we will have watermelon and corn for our dinner tonight. You obviously put in a lot of work to write for another blog as well as your own. Congrats on a job well done.

Diana said...

This is awesome Jenny! I had a couple of articles picked up from another web site last year. It is exciting. Enjoy the journey!
Love Di ♥

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is awesome Jenny! congrats to you. So, will this be a daily/weekly job for you now???

Meri Wiley said...

Awe Jenny, I'm so damn proud of you!!!! Your article was awesome, just like you. I can't wait till you come over so I can give you a big hug!

Love ya'
Meri

Aging Mommy said...

Congratulations Jenny - it is so very nice to be able to take your writing in a new direction and in the process take on some new challenges and adventures. How exciting - I'm so pleased for you.

jeff campbell said...

Such a wonderful, well-written piece...way ta go Idaho! Peace and blessings

LemonyRenee' said...

Yay, Jenny! Fabulous! The article was absolutely perfect. Great tone and pace. Way to go.

And thanks for being so generous in sharing the things you learn. I will push myself to email you, but if my ostrich side gets in the way, slug me, will ya?

Again, great work.

Country Dreaming said...

Woo Hoo!
As I said Great job but please don't leave us in blogland!
I'd cry!!!!!

Melinda

Theresa said...

Oh my friend, I am dancing and swirling around and even singing a bit. I am so happy for you and I can't wait to read your first article! I am going right now... well as soon as I say "Have a blessed day and Hugs"! Now I am going... hehe

Catherine said...

Yea for you, Jenny!
Have fun.
I'm almost tempted to send you an email ... but, I don't have time for any more writing projects at the moment... maybe in the fall!
I know you will do a fabulous job!
Blessings,
Catherine :)

Christy said...

Way to go Jenny! I think you did a great job on your article. If I am ever in Mesa I would look for the watermelon and corn you describe!
WooHOO!

Ms. Anthropy said...

I had no doubts you could do WHATEVER you wanted, with your writing!

Jennifer said...

I hope you get a lot out of it, Jenny! :D

Brenda said...

I went and I read. Great job Jenny! You certainly sound like a journalist, but you do that often right here.

jen said...

Congratulations! So excited for you!
Can you post a pic of you with your walking sticks on the new site? That would draw readers, I'm sure!
Off to read the article.

Cheryl D. said...

My friend writes for them in Florida! You'll be great! Congrats!

mbkatc230 said...

Congratulations Jenny! I went and read, but couldn't comment until now because I was at work earlier - sshhh!
Great article. Now I'm hungry for corn on the cob :) Kathy

Jo said...

and to think ... I knew you way back when .... j/k you brilliant blogger you ... Congrats to you!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am so excited for you. What a wonderful new experience! I and many others love your writing so this is a great thing my friend! I'm on my way to read and enjoy!

DesignTies said...

That is so totally awesome!!! Congratulations!!!!

This is definitely something I want to try -- I'll e-mail you right away!!

Kelly

P.S. I wish I lived in Mesa so I could visit the fruit stand :-) And because I love Arizona!!

Nancy's Notes said...

Jenny Matlock, way to go!! You are such an awesome writer, I can't wait to read the article, I'll be there in a jiffy!

Take care!

Nancy

Jeanie said...

I almost didn't look because you said not to, but I'm glad I did. You did a wow! job. Congratulations.

Jules said...

That's exciting!

I sure can see you doing the happy dance, I know I would.

Julie Schuler said...

Congrats on your article! I'm so happy I can Squeeee! You are way better than AP and CNN. They're writers are TERRIBLE.

BONNIE K said...

This is very cool!

Kristi Faith said...

That is great news! Congratulations!!

Melinda Cornish said...

good for you girlfriend!

My name is PJ. said...

Don't forget us little people who knew you before you were a big blogger and famous author.....

Two words for you if you do: Mail bomb.

Mumsy said...

Congratulations, Jenny! I know many people who write for the Examiner, but all quit after a while.

Wish you the best of luck!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

WooT!!! I am so proud of you and of your progress. To work toward a goal, in a wee bit later time of life. How wonderful and amazing, is that? Very.

'Cause how many can say they are really doing that? Not many, Hon.

Gentle hugs on your way...

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

But we always knew you rocked. Now so does everybody else.

Our secret is out. You're awesome and I love that you're excited about it. And that we get to share that excitement.

Tina said...

I am SO excited to hear about this! Your article was great, and I really liked the tone of your bio. Well done, Jenny! Best of luck, and don't forget us who knew you before you got famous...

The Words Crafter said...

Woohoo! Congratulations! Read the article, made me nostalgic....and now, I want some raw sweet corn! (Did anyone else eat it raw?)