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Monday, October 27, 2008

eHow User Forum 2008: weHow!


I had a wonderful time at the 2008 weHow event. For its first ever eHow user forum, Demand Media created a wonderful two-day conference to exchange information and ideas, as well as receive feedback from site users. That it was held in sunny southern California of course added to the appeal, and I certainly enjoyed the three-day respite from rainy cold East Coast weather.

It was fun to visit the Demand Media offices, which have the flavor of a pre-bust dot com, and meet the staff who work hard behind the scenes at eHow as well as on some of the other Demand sites. I am completely reassured about Demand's approach to their sites, as profitibility is an immediate goal and not a long term idea. I believe Demand, and eHow, are here to stay.

While I previously was wary of putting all my eggs in one basket and concentrating too much on writing for eHow, in case they yanked the Writers' Compensation Program, I am now reassured to the company's long-tem commitment to theis program as they see it as an integral part of eHow's success.

I've returned even more excited about the residual income opportunities at eHow and with many ideas for articles to write.

As a mom, I certainly missed my kids, and the first day I was a little emotional about having left them. But the trip was a great experience and I am so lucky to have such a wonderful, supportive and accommodating husband who took two days off work to be home with the kids.

The eHow forum was one of my most fun experiences as a work at home mom. I'd love to hear about your favorite times as a work at home mom (or dad!) in the comments, below.

5 comments:

Lex said...

Maria,

It was a thrill to have you out here! Your continued success with eHow is such an inspiration to other writers. Keep it up!

Maria said...

Lex,
You found my post quickly, even though I had refrained from linking to Demand!. ;)
Thanks for everything; it was a wonderful trip and I really appreciated being there.

Felicia said...

Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It's good to know that Demand Media and eHow will be around for a while.

Single Momma of 4 said...

That sounds AWESOME!!! I'm glad you went. It's tough leaving the kids, trust me, I know that!!

I have to tell you.. I'm dying to know about how much you made in October on ehow. :)

Gayle said...

Maria--I just found out about this blog! It was so exciting to meet you at the eHow event! I am also excited to see all you do with little ones at home. I am trying to follow in your footsteps--but alas--I am only making $200 a month! But I think that is great. I bought and downloaded your ebook! Thanks for all the tips! I have content on Bukisa --now I may look at ejunkie! Gayle