March 20th, 2008

Wow, I feel like such a real person. Yesterday, my first piece went up at Forbes.com, where I’ve become a technology freelancer–and possibly someday a full-time staff writer. The article, “How to Spark Remote Learning,” looks at instructors who are using Second Life to teach English as a second language, with apparently awesome results. It’s a subject close to my own heart, since by day I still work with French hooligans who, apparently, can’t spell the word “squirrel”. If I had more of a budget (ok, if I had any budget) it would be awesome to set them up with computers and see what kind of progress they could make with a program like Second Life English–especially since Second Life students get to go on questing field trips and learn super useful phrases like “pirate’s booty.”

Alongside my piece, Forbes.com is also running a fun photo gallery called “Top 10 Life Lessons from Video Games.” While most of the lessons are pretty serious–“Looks aren’t everything,” “People yearn to breathe freely”–my personal favorite is #10: “When life gives you problems, throw a large ball.” Specifically, throw a pokéball. If it can work for capturing full-size animals in tiny spheres, it can work for getting rid of whatever is bugging you. Nagging girlfriend? Pokéball. Disapproving boss? Pokéball. Unsightly heap of recyclables post-St. Patty’s day? You know where this is going…

Forbes.com, I’m honored to join the team!

Tags: my articles

8 Responses to “Bonnie Writes for Forbes.com!”

  1. Scott Jon Siegel Says:

    To be fair, squirrel is a hard-ass word to spell.

    Congrats on the new gig!

  2. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Dude, if I can spell squirrel, *anybody* can.

    Also, thanks!

  3. Courtney Taylor Says:

    Wow! Congrats! That’s a really awesome new gig you’ve got going there!

    Meanwhile, I spent a long time giggling about the squirrel comment…

  4. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Haha, yeah, it doesn’t matter whom I write for, I still have the sense of humor of a small child attracted to shiny objects and strange words like “squirrel” :).

  5. Darkpen Says:

    lol, squirrel

    congrats on the forbes freelancing, though :O

  6. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Haha, once again squirrels are more interesting than journalism. I seriously love my readers :).

  7. Chris Furniss Says:

    Holy crap, awesome! Hooray for Bonnie!

  8. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Holy crap, thanks!

    <3

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