Jack Wellman is a published author and a Contributor for Associated Content from Yahoo! At just over a year writing for Associated Content from Yahoo!, Jack has 279 fans and frequently makes the “Most Commented” list.
Jack has published nearly 150 pieces of content at the writing of this interview. His content in mainly on Christian teachings, though he has articles on many other topics. His fans are always encouraging in their comments to him and Jack makes a point to leave encouraging comments for other Contributors as well.
A few of my favorite articles by Jack include “How to Receive the Desires of Our Heart”, “Suffering – Storms of Correction and Storms of Perfection” and “Forgiveness”. Whether or not you have Christian beliefs, you can tell by Jack’s writing that he truly cares about others. The following is my interview with Associated Content by Yahoo! Contributor, Jack Wellman.
Jolynne: Jolynne M Hudnell
Jack: Jack Wellman
Jolynne: Why did you start writing for Associated Content?
Jack: I started writing for AC because I love to write and I also have a strong desire to tell others about the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That might sum it up, for its not about the money, or to do as a full time job. I started so I could republish my previously published articles and send to the four corners of the earth, the Gospel message that I felt I had, by compulsion, to do (Matt, 28:18-20/Acts 1:8). I felt it is given to all Christians as it is in the text; an imperative command, not a helpful hint or suggestion.
Jolynne: What’s your favorite part about writing for Associated Content?
Jack: It is meeting so many wonderful people and becoming such good friends with so many. I have never had so many friends, more like family, at one website that I have ever written for. There is such closeness of community and it makes one feel part of the family.
Jolynne: For you, is your writing more important or is the connection you have with other Contributors?
Jack: I will answer this the way a politician might answer it because the two are connected. I feel it is important to write because of the connection that I have with the other Contributors. They are inseparable. Its like its so important to communicate with my family because I am connected to them. I could not say writing is more important than the connections. If forced to choose, I must choose the Contributors, because then I would value the joy of writing over the joy of knowing so many wonderful Contributors here. It would be like I would value my family more than my speaking to them. I love them desperately and more so than I love to write.
Jolynne: Your large fan base is proof that you care about other Contributors. Do you have any advice for other Contributors on how to increase their fan base at Associated Content?
Jack: I’m not sure why there are so many that read my articles. I can only tell others that I try to do like Faye Fairley, Jenny Heart and Michele Starkey; they comment on nearly everyone’s articles and they are always so positive and encouraging. For every one comment I receive, I try to do at least two comments, and sometimes up to four, to respond in-kind for their faithful and loyal comments and readership.
Jolynne: It might be because your articles are uplifting! Do you have any advice for other Contributors about leaving comments, such as dos and don’ts?
Jack: I especially look for new writers who have just joined AC and encourage them and find something positive to reflect upon. You can always find positives in anything and new writers need someone to come along side of them, like some did for me, to keep encouraging them, exhorting them and tell them that they are appreciated and I am there for them if they need any help at all here at AC. So I would say “do” comment and encourage new writers and “don’t” discourage them because they might give up, particularly in the first few weeks, when they are most likely to give it up.
Jolynne: Yes, I’ve noticed your comments are always positive and encouraging, even for those of us who have been here a while. I do really appreciate that! I imagine it takes a great deal of time to read and comment on other Contributors’ articles. How important do you think it is to comment on the work of others while still finding time to write your own articles?
Jack: I think it is very important. I click on “Single Page” so I can read the whole article and then comment on their conclusion or something specific or two about the article. That way I hope to encourage them to continue to write. I do not find the time, I make the time and take the time, just like reading the Bible every day. I have little time these days, but if I can not take time for others, then I am being selfish with my own time. I think it is important to let others know you are supporting them by reading their articles, but more important to comment. In fact, Jolynne, you have inspired my to write an article on AC before and others have commented or private messaged me and I have written an article as being inspired by their and your comments before. So really, those friends who read and comment on my articles are fodder for my articles often times because I see what we are all going through and they help inspire what I write about. When someone seems to be helped by what I write and they comment, it encourages me to continue to write as well and I take their comments and critiques, as material for future reference.
Jolynne: This is apparently working for you as you are often on the “Most Commented” list. How does it feel to frequently make the “Most Commented” list?
Jack: I am most surprised that I do make the “Most Commented” in the first place, but if you look at writers like Jenny, Michelle, and Faye, you will see their work up there too because they are so invested in others and when you respond with positive comments to other writers articles and remain loyal to them, they seem to come back to your own articles. I am shocked that it makes the Top Five, but that credit belongs to the many faithful friends that I have made more than the content of my articles. There is such a bond of friendship, likened to family here at AC that I have not seen anywhere at any website that I’ve ever written for. The readers and commenters deserve the credit, not me.
Jolynne: Do you have a few favorite articles that you’ve written for AC Yahoo! that you would like to share with readers?
Jack: Probably, “Do Babies Go To Heaven?”, “The Hounds of Heaven Pursuing You”, “The Gospel According to Oprah” and “The Invisible People – My Journey With a Homeless Man” because they really are close to my heart and my belief system.
Jolynne: Do you write for other sites?
Jack: EverydayChristian.com/blogs, for OviMagazine.com, for Ministry Maker.com and I have my own blogs, at jackwellman.blogspot.com and jackwellman.wordpress.com. I also write for about 6 other sites, but not as frequently. The Everyday Christian blog lets me share the Gospel with the readers, Ovi Magazine is a European magazine that lets me do the same thing, except Ovi, through NewropeanMagazine.com, translates all my Christian articles into 12 different languages that allows the Gospel to be presented in all of Europe, Russia and the Middle East. The Ministry Maker website articles I publish there is for sermons and material for pastors, as this website is used as a sermon supply website, and has info on church planting and other ministries.
Jolynne: Here’s my usual random question during interviews! Which person from the Bible do you most relate to?
Jack: Barnabas, for he was called the Son of Encouragement. I admired his giving people second and third chances and he always had edifying and encouraging remarks to young and old believers. He treated non-believers with as much love and respect as he did Christians. In the church that is pastor-less right now that I am helping, I would want HIM as the Meeter and Greeter, because he would always be positive, reaffirming and I believe that they would want to come back to the church if they knew he was there to greet them.
Jolynne: What a wonderful answer! I see from your profile you are a published author. Would you tell readers a bit about your books?
Jack: My very first book press-printed, “Blind Chance or Intelligent Design?, Empirical Methodologies and the Bible” containing empirical; scientific, philosophic, archeological, fossil, historical, mathematical, logical, prophetic fulfillments, biological, and pale ontological evidence that is quantifiable. It also contains evidence for the veracity of the Bible; Biblical Manuscripts and the Inerrancy of the Word , Jesus Christ: An Historical Fact and Evidences for the Resurrection. My second book, “Do Babies Go To Heaven?, Why Does God Allow Suffering?” attempts to answer the question, from the Bible, about what happens to young children, babies, infants and even the severely mentally retarded when they die or if they die prematurely. The answers are in the Bible and YES, they do, by the way, go to heaven. It also attempts to answer the question of why God allows suffering and His purpose behind it. Sometimes suffering draws us closer to God, and at other times, to draw the lost to Him for salvation. Sometimes is for perfection, other times for correction. The last and third book, “Teaching Children the Gospel, How To Raise Godly Children” , shows the best way to present the Gospel to young children, but also works for adults too. It is a simple way to present the message of Jesus Christ and its about believing in Him, not about having Him come into your heart. The second part of the book is for parents, Sunday school teachers and grandparents and Biblical ways to raise godly children. As a parent, grandparent, and long time Sunday school teacher, I used my experiences with these children and my own, how to understand the plan of salvation and how to use the Bible as a parental guide to raise children into adults with godly character.
Jolynne: Do you have any advice for contributors who would someday like to be published in print?
Jack: I could only say that you will have to be your own PR person. You can self-published through sites like Amazon’s Create Space or Google’s Lulu.com, but you will have to promote it yourself. It is extremely hard to get publishers to accept your book, not to mention, to allow you even to submit your manuscript for consideration. Even with hiring a Literary Agent, the odds are extremely small, but that’s no reason not to try.
Jolynne: Here is the link for readers to view your article on “How to Write and Self-Publish Your Own Book”. Is there anything else you’d like readers to know?
Jack: Only that there is so much friendship, kinship and family here at AC. If I don’t comment on everyone’s articles, please don’t take it personally. Right now I am helping a homeless man, working, going to get an M.A. and helping to pastor a pastor-less church. When I publish articles, I will return two comments (as minimum I pray) for every one I receive and I apologize if many haven’t heard from me lately. I still love you all…and will not forget your marvelous works. For those who already know, I have been praying for them each and every single day (you know who you are! LOL). You are such a wonderful interviewer. A true professional and a true, lifelong friend that is part of the reason that its like, “Honey, I’m home”, when I’m logged into AC. God bless you and the readers, the commenters and you too Jolynne. I always try to leave my signature as how you all make me feel. My own version of the smiley face. : – )
Jolynne: Thank you Jack for the wonderful interview!
Jack: And thank you for taking the time to interview me. Why me?! No clue. But I know who you are; one of the best interviewers that I have ever encountered in my life. You’re the best! :-)
END OF INTERVIEW
Jack is such a wonderful person and his caring for others is apparent when speaking with him. And he lives by his beliefs, it’s not just talk with him. You can check out Jack’s articles on his Contributor Page. You will find much encouragement in his writing.
Associated Content from Yahoo!; Jack Wellman: Contributor Profile
-How to Receive the Desires of Our Heart
-Suffering – Storms of Correction and Storms of Perfection
-Do Babies Go To Heaven?
-The Hounds of Heaven Pursuing You
-The Gospel According to Oprah
-The Invisible People – My Journey With a Homeless Man
-How to Write and Self-Publish Your Own Book
Associated Content from Yahoo!; Faye Fairley: Contributor Profile
Associated Content from Yahoo!; Jenny Heart: Contributor Profile
Associated Content from Yahoo!; Michele Starkey: Contributor Profile