Meet EzineArticles’ Expert Author Gwen Nicodemus in Today’s Showcase
A former engineer turned freelance virtual assistant for the freedom and diversity of the field, Expert Author Gwen Nicodemus thrives in a busy work life. From managing a wide variety of interests (such as reading, painting, games) to managing her children, Gwen throws herself wholeheartedly into her work to provide quality content for her clients.
First introduced to EzineArticles.com by a client, Gwen decided to convert her documents, notes, experiments, blog posts, and more into articles as a basis of her article portfolio to build her platform. “All I want to do is to provide helpful articles and solidify my own thoughts,” Gwen commented. “[People] follow my link to my website [and] those clicks tend to be the non-bouncers who stay around for a while,” she continued.
Gwen’s motivation and inspiration to write is inherent – she just goes to work. Sitting in an ergonomic chair in front of a split keyboard, two mice, and a giant monitor with an editor window and browser window side-by-side, Gwen staves off writer’s block by creating deadlines and tunes out distractions to prevent procrastination.
More highlights from our interview with Gwen below.
What are 3 challenges you’ve faced in article writing? How did you overcome those challenges?
[G:] Noisy children can often be bribed or sent outside to play. If that doesn’t work, they usually go to bed before I do.
[G:] Clients can interrupt you with email and phone calls, so if you really need to get an article done, click the phone off and close out the email window.
[G:] Blogs, Facebook, and Google+ are counterproductive while you’re trying to write, so close those windows down. When you’re not trying to write, Google+ and blogs are fabulous for piling new thoughts, tidbits of knowledge, and article ideas into the head.
What EzineArticles tools do you find the most beneficial?
[G:] Title Suggestions are nice if you want to write, but don’t have an idea of what to write about. I just stick in various phrases and see what pops out.
What advice would you give to new Expert Authors?
[G:] Make sure your website is on a stable link and don’t switch everything over to a new site. It’s tedious to relink all [of] your [articles] later.
Any final words to the EzineArticles Expert Author community?
[G:] You don’t need to be an expert on everything or even a whole subject area to write. You need to know a correct answer to one, tiny little thing, and then you’re good to go. After you’ve written about 100 tiny, little things in a general topic area, you’re on your way to becoming an expert.
Often the best rewards are given to those who aim to help others before they help themselves. Try Gwen’s strategies to overcome your own article writing challenges and consider Gwen’s example: You have to provide quality content that is helpful to others before you can reap the benefits.