Updates: Goodbyes, Hellos and What I'm Doing Next

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” ~Gail Sheehy

Change is, once again, in the air. I said farewell to my friends at Scrubs & Suits late last year when my contract ended. And more recently, I said farewell to my friends at Patch when that one ended. Continue Reading →

9 Reasons to Hire a Freelance Writer

Dear Potential Client,
Do you have a project you’re working on that’s just lacking that special something? Are you in need of some help with your company’s online image and social media presence? Need some copy edited or written? If you answered yes to any of these questions (or if you are in need of any of my freelance writing, editing and social media services), you’ve come to the right place. In case you don’t already have enough reasons to hire a freelance writer, editor and social media expert, I’ve put together a quick list to help you make your decision. Continue Reading →

Getting Back to the Creative Groove

So, as I move back into the freelance world from the payroll world, I’m remembering some of the good things about it. The variety of the work–the ability to focus on my own projects a little more often–the creative muscles I get to flex. All very exciting and satisfying stuff! So here’s what I’m up to this week. Patch–My role is once again changing over at Patch. Continue Reading →

Updates: New Opportunities Ahead!

I have been so busy that I haven’t done an official career update since June, so here’s what’s been happening. Scrubs & Suits

I am no longer working with Scrubs & Suits. While I thoroughly enjoyed the job and still enjoy writing about the healthcare industry, the site’s investor couldn’t continue spending the money since we were unable to find a dedicated sales person. I wish the client the best as he moves forward with the site on his own. Patch.com

For now, I am still working with Patch.com part-time. Continue Reading →

Hackers and Bots: Why I've Moved to a New Domain

I’ve owned AngelaAtkinson.com since 2005 and have always used it as my primary business and portfolio site. Recently, someone or some thing decided that it would begin attacking my domain repeatedly, causing all of my sites (at least those with this particular web host) to be taken down, over and over again. It was costing me money, time and peace. Today, my favorite web guy suggested that I get this domain–AngelaAtkinson.me–and use it in the meantime while we figure out how to fix the hacker. So, here I am! Continue Reading →

Project Blissful Offers Whole-Life Makeover, One Bliss Mission at a Time

Innovative new personal development website offers daily “Bliss Missions”, free material and downloads to help users create the lives of their dreams
St. Louis, MO—January 2, 2013—As the New Year begins, many people are making New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, studies show that most resolutions are defunct by the end of January. If you’re looking for real and lasting positive change in your life and don’t know where to start, a new website may offer just the solution you need. Project Blissful, an open, ongoing life-improvement project that offers bite-sized missions that really work to improve your life, launched Jan. Continue Reading →

Updates: News, Chatter and a New Radio Thing

“Sometimes I feel that life is passing me by, not slowly either, but with ropes of steam and spark-spattered wheels and a hoarse roar of power or terror.  It’s passing, yet I’m the one who’s doing all the moving.”  ~Martin Amis, Money

I gotta say, the summer is just zooming along. Between weekend trips and activities with the family, driving the kids to their various activities and of course being a community journalist, managing editor and BlogTalkRadio host, I shouldn’t have been surprised when I realized it was already the last day of June. But the last day of June it is, so here I am with my monthly career update. Over at Scrubs & Suits, there’s some pretty big news. We launched a BlogTalkRadio show this month, hosted by yours truly. Continue Reading →

May Updates: What I've Been Doing

The past several weeks have been eventful, stressful, exciting and perception-changing, to say the least. But mostly in a good way—even challenges serve their purposes in our personal growth, don’t they? I think so. Yep, I’m back for another career update. ODesk Update

I’ll start with the ODesk identity theft issue. Continue Reading →

News & Updates: ODesk ID Theft, Press Award Runner Up and Stuff I Wrote

After the whole ODesk identity theft issue I blogged about on April 18, I waited a week or so for a response. They took down the fake profile a couple days after I submitted the complaint, but I didn’t get a follow-up right away. Finally, I received this  message:

We apologize for the delayed response. 
We have suspended this contractor’s account for abuse. 
Please let us know if you need further assistance. So, that’s the end of that tale. I’ll be offering tips and ideas on how to handle (and prevent) this kind of identity theft next week over at The WM Freelance Writers Connection. Continue Reading →

Notice: Angela Atkinson Does Not Work for ODesk

Updated: 4:52 p.m. (Scroll down for original post)

As I dug for answers on the identity theft issue, I came across a group that the imposter “me” was in on ODesk, and the group is based out of the Philippines. Several other American freelancers, a couple of whom I have worked with personally, were also listed in the group. Two of them, Sally Bachetta and Angela Booth, had very negative feedback. I have seen both of these writers in action and know for sure they are not the ones who did the poor-quality work, and neither of them resides in the Philippines. I know this because:

A. All of the writers on the list had done the work for rock-bottom, content-mill wages, and none are at that level in their careers. Continue Reading →