A Hubber on TV: Julie DeNeen’s Anderson LIVE Experience

Julie DeNeen and Anderson CooperYesterday was an exciting day a HubPages Headquarters- the office was abuzz with talk about Julie DeNeen, an Apprentice who was the featured blogger on Monday’s Anderson LIVE. The live talk show features a new blogger in each episode who tweets and blogs the episode’s events, and with her great Hubs, a carefully cared for personal blog, and social media savvy, Julie DeNeen made for a perfect candidate.

We asked Julie DeNeen to share more about her live television experience (and other media encounters) in the interview below. Read on for an insider’s view of an interesting combination of news, television, celebrity, blogging, Hubbing, and social media.

Prior to this experience with Anderson LIVE, had you worked at all with the media (be it in the form of newspapers, local news, magazines, or some other more formal establishment)?

Well, this is a bit of a longwinded complicated answer (laughing), but yes I have dealt with the media before. Not necessarily as a freelancer directly (since I am pretty new to this career), but back in 2011, I was involved in a very complex and traumatic adoptive reunion. This resulted in the launching of an online organization (with my dear friend and fellow Hubber Carly Sullens) designed to help those in complicated reunions. Because of our blog and online presence on the issue, we have attracted international attention. We’ve been featured on CNN’s Dr. Drew, and we also had a web article written up by ABC, along with other various global magazines and news. This November we’ll be in Madrid, Spain to speak at the national Spanish Adoption conference over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Were you informed of the opportunity on short notice? That seems to be common with situations like these, and if that was indeed the case, how did you deal with the rush?

Yes I was. The email came in on Saturday afternoon and I was on a train to New York City around 5am on Monday morning. The same happened with my other media interviews. The news circuit seems especially prone to “fast and furious” stories. I’ve quickly learned that if you want to get on television because of your work, you must be prepared for these on the fly interviews.

What advice would you give to other Hubbers who get last minute inquiries from the media?

There are simple things you can do to be prepared. Have a standard professional outfit available. Freelancers don’t often leave the house, so you may think, “I don’t need a fancy outfit.” Have one just for situations like these! Other than that, just make sure you are easy to reach by phone, email, etc. Producers want to be able to get in touch with you quickly, and they will move on to another candidate if you don’t respond. If you are a mom with young children, have babysitters you can call on short notice.

As always, keep your content fresh. As a writer for an online education commentary, I sometimes have to go looking on 50+ education blogs a day. If I see that a blog hasn’t been updated in a week, I move on. Others might do the same; so once you commit to an online platform (be it Hubpages or a personal blog), keep it organized and up to date!

Your role on the show was to blog and tweet about what happened live as events were unfolding. Each Anderson LIVE show features a blogger who does this, which we think is pretty neat! Why do you think a live television show has decided to engage with the online content world in this way? Do you think is the best way to do it?

You know, I haven’t thought about it much before this experience, but my first reaction is that they are ahead of the curve for television and I hope it keeps them on air for a while. Honestly, I think it is brilliant. How fun is it for audience members and viewers at home to be able to interact with each other? I think it draws the viewer in. For the audience members that get to tweet live, it is just another way to keep people involved.

As for the blogger idea, it is pure genius. The show gets free advertising from well-known (and little known) bloggers, as well as lots of backlinks to their site. The blogger gets promoted on the Anderson LIVE website. I hope other shows start doing this as well, since it is essentially a win-win situation. That is, unless some blogger writes a negative commentary. But come on, who can say anything negative about Anderson Cooper?

What was your favorite thing about the experience?

Is it lame to say my favorite part was the 60 seconds I got with Anderson? I have always admired and respected him as a news reporter and journalist, and had to pinch myself when I was in a photo booth getting my picture taken. I’ll never forget it.

Finally, what would you recommend to other Hubbers who might like to become more engaged with television, radio, news, or print?

There is a fine line between aggressively going after what you want, and becoming an obnoxious “toot your own horn” spammer. Know the line! While it may be difficult to decipher, online writers are in a seriously competitive market. You need some way to stand out from the crowd and that involves some risk taking. However, it is important to have an awareness of the writing community by supporting and promoting other’s work, and learning from those who are a few steps ahead. This will pay off later.

HubPages Success Story: Eiddwen Finds Solace and new Beginnings with the HubPages Community

Eiddwen on HubPages

While we usually hear success stories about people making money, did you know that HubPages has been a place for finding emotional solace as well?  Eiddwen, a fabulous hubber, mother, and grandmother from Wales, was kind enough to share her very touching story with us below:

Has HubPages made a difference to my life??
Simple answer: Yes Yes Yes !!! I have written at home all my life but apart from some story competitions that I won whilst in school nothing else has ever passed out through my front door.

I’ve written loads of poems, some in English but mainly in Welsh; many in memory of my only sister Val who sadly passed over eleven years ago.

However I was browsing on the Internet about 3 months ago and came upon HP.  As I read some feedback I realised that this might be the place for me!!!

I sadly lost my youngest daughter last year and I’ve published a tribute for Erin on here as well as some other pretty emotional hubs.

The comments and feedback that I have had have been so caring and touching, and I hope that my stories will help others. Despite living through some really bad times I am finally where I always wanted to be in life. However I have never seen myself as a victim and I wanted to publish these initial hubs so that hopefully someone else may benefit from my experiences.

l want to pass on the message to never give up on your dreams, stay strong and your will be a winner. To feel truly whole and to experience happinesss from within is definitely within everyone’s grasp and no one has the right to keep these factors from us.

Eiddwen also shared how HubPages has helped her branch out as a more general writer as well:

I also love reading everyone else’s hubs as well. As well as helping others I am learning so much myself too.

After publishing the emotional true life hubs I was able to write so much more!! I think I had to share those first emotional stories before moving on to: humorous stories and poetry; travel and sighseeing with a little twist (eg ‘A Step Back in Time’); meaningful stories and poetry; etc and on and on.

Who knows what I’ll be writing about in a year’s time; the only thing is that is I still hope to be writing on here!!  I love making people laugh as well as writing children’s stories and there is going to be so much more.  There is something new to learn every day no matter where we are or how old we are. I believe that there is a time and place for everything!!! Joining everyone on here was the beginning of a new era for me and HP is everything I expected it to be and more!!!

Thank you to everyone who has been responsible for the making of Hubpages.

We are so glad that HubPages has been a place where Eiddwen has been able to reconcile with the past and kick off a new present.  It seems that people are drawn to the site for many different reasons, but it’s the community that always keeps us coming back!

Do you have a HubPages success story you’d like to share?  Let us know!

And thanks, Eiddwen!