About AJ

by AJ

Who is AJ on Wizzley and online? This page tells you a bit about why I am writing online, what I have learned and something about my passions and dislikes.

AJ (which stands for Always Juggling) is not actually my real name. When I first started publishing online, I wrote under a pseudonym. I was passionate about protecting my identity, where I lived and the people I was writing about. Not any more. You can find out who I really am at the bottom of this page.

How my life changed in 2008

Every cloud has a silver lining

Sometimes what appears to be a disaster can force a life change that turns out to be a blessing in disguise. Early 2008 was one of the most stressful times in my life and while I was dealing with the stress I realised that something was badly wrong with my health.

I was becoming giddy, I could not walk in a straight line, I became disorientated, I was exhausted and I was frightened. I also realised that my hearing in my right ear was deteriorating.

But I was very, very lucky. Lucky that my Doctor arranged urgent medical tests and one by one different medical conditions were excluded. My MRI Scan showed no tumours in my brain, which came as a huge relief and it was following a couple of hours of tests that reproduced my symptoms, that a neurologist was able to tell me I have Otosclerosis.

Otosclerosis is a disease of the ear. Briefly, a bony overgrowth of the Stapes in my middle ear affects my balance, co-ordination and hearing. I wrote a page about my condition called Otosclerosis: a disease of the Middle Ear, where you can find out more.

On the one hand I experienced huge relief that the diagnosis was not for something more serious but on the other hand, it meant a huge life change.

I now knew why I struggled to play tennis, why I felt so uncomfortable horse riding that I had given up trying to get my confidence back following a serious fall some years ago. It also accounted for why I kept clipping the curb, when turning left out of our road!

I had to give up my well paid, part time job that allowed me to work from home. I had no confidence to drive, I gave my riding hat to my daughter and I could not tell you where my tennis racquet is.

But then I realised that the forced changes were also forcing me to rethink how I could earn an income....

Dizzyness is an effect of Otosclerosis

Dont look at this for too long!

This Poster will give you an idea of what happens to me when I get Dizzy.

Dizzying print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dizzying by fractronics
More Dizzy Posters

I wanna be a writer!

Now was the time to start

I have always wanted to write. I had to find a "job" that would enable me to work part time from home. But I did not want to work for anyone else - and neither would anyone employ me with my health issues.

So I started doing some research about earning an income online.

I soon realised that it is not easy. Being able to write is one thing, but getting an audience is another and actually earning would mean a lot of learning. I told my husband that it would be at least a year before I thought I would know enough about writing online to see if it would work for me.

Then I found Squidoo.

Squidoo

Learning Squidoo

Squidoo saved my sanity

Yes, Squidoo saved my sanity at a time when I was unable to do so many things I enjoyed doing. Squidoo gave me a focus. Squidoo taught me new skills AND I WAS WRITING! Something I always wanted to do, but never had the time to do it properly.

The skills I have learned through joining Squidoo are what now enable me to get high rankings not only on Squidoo, but on Google too!.

I have learned about writing from the heart, writing for profit, SEO and keyword research. All the skills I needed to be able to say to my husband, yes, I think I more or less know what I am doing now.

My Loves

10 things I love

Amateur dramatics - especially Pantomimes

Animals

Astrology - Chinese and Western

Writing!

Gardening

Cooking

Musicals

Travelling abroad

Going green

Creating artwork

 

My Loathes

Things that make me mad

Bullies and bullying

Plagiarists

People who do not know the difference between Self Promotion (OK) and Self Adulation (Not OK)

Selfishness

Pollution

Get rich quick scammers

Spammers

Wizzley - the next stage in my online journey

A free publishing platform

And now, almost six years after joining Squidoo, I have left the site and no longer publish on there (it's a long story). However, I continue to keep some content on Wizzley as part of what I call my internet mix!

However, I recognise that putting all your eggs in one basket is not a good idea. You need to spread your online content around and not get too reliant on one site.

Like Squidoo, Wizzley is a free publishing site and you can use it to write articles, make sales and get quality dofollow backlinks to your content elsewhere.

Join me on Wizzley

UPDATE - OCTOBER 2016

I took a break from writing online. In 2013 I severed my writing connections with Squidoo and around 18 months later it was gone. I dabbled with Hubpages for a short time, but soon left the site, which I felt was (and still is) sinking slowly.

It serves no purpose to labour on about the prolonged death of Squidoo and my personal thoughts about how its founder Seth Godin sold out the very people from whom he had profited over the years. Thanks to Facebook, I am still in contact with many of my Squidoo friends from around the world and these days I tend to dwell on the positives. I am thankful for my many Squidoo friends and also the skills I learned during my time publishing lenses.

Many of the articles I published on Squidoo are safely archived and will be republished - hopefully during this coming winter. However, I will be re-publishing on my own website. There is no way I will ever, ever again get too involved on a site that I do not own.

These days I spend a lot of time outdoors. My daughter Sarah, has a horse, a beautiful grey appaloosa mare that she backed herself and, under the watchful eye of her Instructor (who is also a friend), has trained to jump.

My main source of income these days is from book keeping and web design. However, I am only normally found at the PC on cold, wet days. The rest of the time I am out in the Hertfordshire Countryside, playing with horses.

I do earn a nice little amount each quarter from one of the two sites I own and I keep meaning to update it and add more content, but somehow I never quite get round to it!

Ironically, the site has articles on it that were once Squidoo Lenses. These articles were full of original content that was well researched. During the last six months I was on Squidoo some were taken down for being of "poor quality". They are now earning me a small amount of passive income!!

Who Is AJ Really?

The Real Me

Hello, my name's Elaine Hartless and I come from St Albans, Hertfordshire, England.

In 2008 I decided to publish articles about Bullying. These articles were based on my experience and that of my third child, a daughter, who was bullied at Primary School. To protect my daughter, and the bully, I decided to write under a different name.

There's no longer a need for anonimity. I will always be AJ to many of my online friends, with whom I stay in touch through Facebook. Come and find me, my Facebook name is Elaine AJ Hartless.





Writing Online, Keyword Research & SEO

Some of my Wizzley Pages
Keyword Research is an essential part of Search Engine Optimization, which needs to be done BEFORE you grab a URL for articles, blogs and webpages.
All about SEO and how to get traffic to your website and content
Once you have researched your keywords, where do you use them?
Updated: 10/07/2016, AJ
 
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MBC on 11/10/2014

Nice to catch up with you here again. Wishing you the best dealing with your otosclerosis.

AJ on 02/25/2012

Thank you for such a lovely comment :)

Art-Aspirations on 02/24/2012

AJ, thank you for sharing your story. I had no idea about the otosclerosis, or that you began your online writing career in 2008. You have accomplished a great deal since then. Thanks for the inspiration and for the help you have given me personally, as well as so many others online.

sheilamarie on 10/31/2011

It is wonderful when someone can do what they love and help others at the same time. I appreciate what you do here and on Squidoo, AJ. Life has many chapters.

AJ on 07/07/2011

Yes, nearly every cloud has a silver lining if you look for it :)

bizilady on 07/05/2011

great reasons to start writing. i started while undergoing chemo and was bored.
If it takes something dramatic or traumatic in our lives to make a positive change
than so be.

GonnaFly on 06/15/2011

You're a great role model for us, AJ. I also joined Wizzley for the "egg" reason. 'Twas good to get to know you a little better.

ajgodinho on 06/10/2011

Wonderful to see you here and read more about you through this Wizzley page. AJ, your story is inspiring and it's amazing how one can take the negative and turn it into something positive. I truly believe that whatever happens, happens for a reason and we can make the best of it. I'm planning to take a refresher on keyword research, so I will be sure to check the articles you've written on that topic. Wishing you continued success...blessing to you and yours...from one AJ to another! :)

ASOTV Blog on 05/30/2011

Hi AJ. This is Jhangora from Squidoo. Nice to know more about it. Just checking out Wizzley from your referral link on Squidoo, the site looks good.

AJ on 05/30/2011

Such kind comments. I am so pleased to see so many old friends on here and new ones too.

Thank you so much :)


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