Mark My Words

Writing, flying and yawning my way through motherhood

New Page November 21, 2008

Look up and to the right. You’ll see I added a new page called “Make Some Money”. It might be crass, I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.

However, pays VIP bloggers $1 per 100 word post per day, plus page view bonuses. I thought I’d put the link up there in case anyone wants to take advantage of making a few extra dollars on the side.

If you decide to do it, make sure to click on my links to take you there. I’ll get a little love from the company if I refer you.



Trolling for Hits With StumbleUpon November 2, 2008

Being a successful blogger comes down to playing well with others. Anyone who has written for Associated Content, eHow,, and other sites that pay per page view know just how much social bookmarking can make or break your blog in terms of monetizing. StumbleUpon is one of my favorite monetizing tools.

StumbleUpon has been one of my favorite toys since I discovered it this summer. As a procrastination tool, nothing tops StumbleUpon. Web users download the StumbleUpon toolbar and view it at the top of their web browser. It looks a little something like this…

The StumbleUpon toolbar.

The StumbleUpon toolbar.

Whenever the user is bored and wants to visit a new website, he clicks the “Stumble” button and it takes him to a new site within the categories he is interested in. Not only is this a great way to procrastinate, it’s a really awesome way to generate writing ideas.

I first used StumbleUpon to promote my now defunct Trust Me, I’m a Flight Attendant blog. In order to create buzz, I paid StumbleUpon $5-10 and they would put my blog in heavy rotation under the Travel category until my funds ran out. I got to dictate which categories to run my posts on and I could start and stop the rotation at will. It would usually bring in over 100 hits in less than 15 minutes.

I’ve since been using StumbleUpon to promote my stories at The Inkwell and Unsent Letters. As a user of the StumbleUpon toolbar, all I have to do is load the page I want to promote and click “I Like It”. This too places the page into the StumbleUpon rotation, I just don’t have as much control over what category it appears under or how frequently it is run through the rotation.

In the last hour I’ve received about 115 hits on “Dear Florida Democrats” just by clicking the “I Like It” button.

This is great news when you’re trying to attract viewers who will come back over and over again. And it’s also a simple way to generate the page views you need to get paid.

So, go have some fun. Download the StumbleUpon toolbar at


New at The Inkwell October 31, 2008

Click it even if you don’t read it. Rate it even if you hate it. A new post is up over at The Inkwell. Go give it a looksee.

5 Facts About Sleep Deprivation


Who is Michelle L. Devon? October 30, 2008

In writing for Associated Content I discovered a truly gifted writer. Michelle L. Devon, or Michy as she’s known in the community, is not only a wildly successful freelance writer, she’s a novelist, editor, blogger, mother, cheerleader, and all around great gal.

She runs the Accentuate Writers Forum where she helps both experienced and fledgling writers find their voices. She uses the forum ,to create writing challenges and contests for forum participants. In the few months I’ve been lurking at Accentuate I’ve learned so much. I’ve had the chance to see what other freelance writers are doing to get their work noticed and it’s motivated me to get my butt in gear.

Today she posted a blog about some of us who took her up on one of her challenges. She said some really nice things about me and the others. It’s worth checking out. You’ll see just how generous she is with all the sweet things she has to say about us.


New Article at The Inkwell October 26, 2008

Hey, geeks! I’ve got a new blog about the economy and the mall over at The Inkwell.

What’s the Real Deal With the Economy?

As always, thank you for clicking!


Unsent Letters October 24, 2008

The inaugural post is up at Unsent Letters! Feel free to check in there daily to see my latest composition. This first Unsent Letter is to presidential hopeful John McCain. And since all my blogs have something to do with my boobs these days, yes, my letter to the Senator has to do with my boobs.

Thanks for checking it out!