Category Archives: Yahoo! Voices

A Sad Farewell to Yahoo! Voices

It was announced this week that Yahoo! Voices will be shutting down at the end of July 2014.

This announcement affects hundreds of thousands of writers. The effects are different for those writers. For many it means a huge loss of income; for some it means the loss of a forum of expression. For me personally it means that the place which gave me my “start” as a Freelance Writer will be no more – this is quite sad for me.

My Start

Just over two years ago I saw an advertisement for writers for Yahoo Contributor Network (YCN). I was unsure, not confident in my writing, but wanted to give it a try. I talked to my daughter about it and she encouraged me to go for it. I told no one else in my life that I was doing it. I wanted to wait and see what happened. After I published my first article in May of 2012 on Yahoo! Voices I was overjoyed! This gave me the confidence to continue writing and tell people in my life what I was doing – with pride.

Sandy Stachowiak Contributor Profile

My Journey

As time went on and my confidence grew and writing skills continued to improve, I finally dubbed myself a Freelance Writer and the journey has continued. Over time I gained private clients and began writing for other sites. Today writing is very much an important part of my life. Aside from writing content for many sites, I also work on two different books that I am in no hurry to finish ;-).

With my added writing opportunities and some difficulties with YCN over the past several months, I had slowed down on submitting articles to Yahoo Contributor Network. There seemed to be constant technical issues and delays in getting articles published. Even though I had slowed my writing for YCN, I continued to keep up with activity and decided to publish at least once per month – until I received notice it was shutting down, that is.

So even though my writing for YCN slowed down near the end, I am still sad to see Yahoo! Voices go away. In my mind, that site was the reason I started writing content, gained confidence in my writing abilities, prompted my book ideas, helped others with my experiences, made connections, and it led me to believe in myself enough to pursue other writing opportunities with confidence.

How I Helped People

One article in particular that I published over two years ago has prompted such a huge response that I still receive feedback on it even now. It was an article about my neck surgery and recovery. I received over 72,000 views to date and have gotten numerous article comments, emails, Facebook messages, and even contact through different writing websites, AND this blog for the article. This has all been from people seeking help/advice or comparing my situation to theirs or a loved one’s. To me, this was my biggest success on Yahoo! Voices because the article, even after two years, was still prompting people to contact me about it. I am very, very glad that one experience I was able to share on Yahoo! Voices was helpful to so many others.YCN Find Your Audience

People and Connections

Another reason I am thankful for Yahoo Contributor Network is the connections and friends I have gained. I have met, connected with, and become friends with some wonderful people because of YCN. I have met some very talented and skilled writers, some who have become wonderful friends, and even some who have encouraged other writing opportunities. I always find it interesting how random events can bring you to know people that you would not have known otherwise. Thank you, YCN for all of the people I have met because of you!

A Final Thank You

I have to give a final ‘thank you’ to the Yahoo Contributor Network and Yahoo! Voices for providing me with a big change in my life that I would not trade for anything. I will miss you YCN and will be forever grateful for what you have brought me. :-)

 

Fun Things to Do with Your Teen in Savannah

A trip to Savannah, Georgia may not be your teen’s idea of a perfect getaway. But rest assured that there are other things you can do with your teen in that historic town that will be fun and bring just the right amount of history to your trip. Read the article on Yahoo! Voices >>

Savannah River Street

Savannah River Street

Spring Cleaning: Start Inside Before Heading Out

Everyone is excited when the prospect of the spring season nears. We all want to get outside and enjoy the beautiful, warm sun. However, before we take that leap, there are things that need to be done inside that have been waiting all winter. Read article on Yahoo! Voices >>

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sxc.hu, stock.xchng, CathyK, http://www.sxc.hu/photo/254364

Juan Pablo as “The Bachelor” – What a Disappointment

We were so excited when the new season of “The Bachelor” revealed that Juan Pablo would be the next bachelor! We loved him on the season with Des, so we had such high hopes. But then something went terribly wrong. Mr. Nice Guy turned into Mr. Not-So-Nice. Read article on Yahoo! Voices >>

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Uterine Fibroids – Not Knowing Is the Scary Part

For any woman, thinking that there is a problem in the reproductive area can be scary. But what is scarier is the knowledge that something is wrong and not finding out what. Read my story on Yahoo! Voices >>

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sxc.hu, stock.xchng, JoanaCroft, http://www.sxc.hu/photo/867286

Thanksgiving Traditions: When Old Meet New

Like many, I grew up with certain traditions surrounding Thanksgiving dinner. As I grew older and things changed, I learned that keeping some of those old traditions in the family were just as important as starting new ones.  Read on Yahoo! Voices >>

Gravy boat

What Ever Happened to Alice.Com?

In May of last year I wrote an article on Yahoo! Voices about how to save time and money purchasing household goods online. One of the websites that I referenced in the article was Alice.com. I had been ordering my household goods regularly from this site for a few years. Then one day several weeks ago when I visited the site to order my monthly supply, I was only greeted with the Alice logo and a message for those with pending orders.  Read article on Yahoo! Voices >>

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Photo by sxc.hu, stock.xchng, mzacha, http://www.sxc.hu/photo/348156

Project Management: 5 Essentials I Wish I Knew

Anyone interested in or starting a career as a Project Manager is taught that certain skills are necessary for the job. However, there are things I learned by actually doing the job. Here are the five top tips I believe a Project Manager should know….read article on Yahoo! Voices >>

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Photo by flickr.com, plantronicsgermany, http://www.flickr.com/photos/plantronicsgermany/8138975231

Why I Chose Not to Have a Nerve Block

I had a Multi-level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion performed last year. With additional nerve pain and MRI results, it was determined that bone spurs on the back of my spine may now be an issue. To find out if the nerve was recoverable and provide me some relief, my neurosurgeon recommended a nerve block. Read article on Yahoo! Voices >>

Xray of my fusion

Xray of my fusion

Three Fun Activities to Do With Your Teen in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach, Florida, is a popular beach town that draws thousands of visitors per year. Known for its famous beach, visitors enjoy the sun, sand, and water daily. Resorts and hotels have pools and even water sport rentals. But what if you want to have some fun away from the water?  Read article on Yahoo! Voices >>

Our first helicopter ride in Daytona Beach.

Our first helicopter ride in Daytona Beach.