Friday, February 15, 2013

Ranked Among Yahoo's Top 100 Writers

Success Doesn't Just Happen 

I was recently notified by that my writer ranking in 2012 had increased, as compared to 2011. In 2011, I was listed among the site's top 1,000 writers per combined online hits for all articles written. 

At the end of 2012, I was ranked among their Top 100 writers. Click on my Contributor Page to see the 2011 and 2012 badges.

Yahoo advised that it had 600,000+ contributors as of last year. Those contributors varied from people who wrote one article per year, to those who write on a daily basis.

I've been associated with Yahoo's content arm since my first article "Retired NHL Referee Kerry Fraser is Still Making the Right Calls" was published on February 1, 2011. 

As a Contributor (paid writer) I'm asked to create feature articles, at my preference, or upon assignment, based upon the news of the day. 

My most recent feature: State of the Union Address: Commonsense Gun Response Warranted was written in response to an assignment from the Yahoo News editorial team after the President of the United States gave his address. 

I decided to adapt my old print writing skills to the online world in 2010. I never expected the success I've been fortunate to enjoy. However, this didn't happen because of luck. 

I was not in the right place at the right time. My free will allowed me to use the base my family built for me since I was a child, my college degree, my teaching license and my God-given talent to make all of this happen. 

There will always be people in the world who will respond to the success others have by emotionally claiming that it wasn't earned, but purely developed because of "luck". 

Ask those people why they believe that they are experts on anyone's life, other than their own? There's obviously no credible answer to that question, which also reveals the lack of confidence detractors have about their own lives.  

If it's possible, try to help those people see that they can accomplish their own goals (modest, or major) if they are willing to try. 

My writing success represents what I consider to be a modest accomplishment in my own life. This accomplishment guarantees that no further progress will be made. I have to work each day to make that happen, as does everyone else in the world.
Some GREAT WEBSITES from some fine digital friends:
The Sports Critic by Raymond Bureau
Positive Calm by Solvita Bennet
Meltzer's Musings via Bill Meltzer at 
Free eBooks Daily
I'm truly humbled that all of my online features have combined to generate millions of hits since I first began my digital adventure on Labor Day, 2010. Thank you to everyone in this regard.

I look forward to becoming friends on Facebook  
Let's connect on LinkedIn
Follow me on Twitter @SeanyOB
Visit my RantSports Author Page,
my Examiner Contributor Page,
or my Yahoo Contributor Page 
A strong thank you to everyone who has been downloading my eBook: Fast Fiction and Other Stuff on 

Humor, horror, mystery, adventure, travel, sports and a few selected stories are all wrapped inside this mini-tome. I appreciate everyone who has seen my digital creation.

These are some of the high achievers I've had the opportunity to interview...
Not just sports though...

Classic headline: Those great hockey cards
Nothing topped the meaning that these hockey cards still hold. Here is the special feature that still ranks among the most-read articles that I've written since 2011: 
Topps Hockey Card Mystery is Revealed.
Classic Headline: Three Flyers' Legends
Each of these Flyers' legends (Brian Propp, Dave Poulin and Tim Kerr) deserved their own feature article:

Here is a link to the story about Propp: 
Baseball cards
Bygone days spent with elementary school days and family members opening packs of Topps cardboard gold never truly fade away. 
Here is my special feature that highlights many of our collective childhood memories:  When Baseball Cards were King.
Classic Headline Topic: MMA Phenomena
Here is my most recent feature article about a live XFE Cage Wars event that I attended. I encourage fans of any sport to attend one of these events when you can. The excitement of the crowd and the efforts of the fighters will likely win you over to this superb athletic adventure.

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