I finally broke free from the rigors of restaurants and settled into a life of taking customer service phone calls and processing medical claims at a health insurance company, an employment path that spanned more than 10 years of my life. I'd resigned myself to the fact that I'd probably work some variation of that same tedious desk job for the remainder of my days when, on Thanksgiving Day in 2007, I read this call for writers on Cracked, just like you're doing now.
Assuming that nothing more than maybe a small check would come of it, I signed up to write for Cracked. Barely two weeks later, the first thing I'd been paid to write since back when I used to sell book reports in high school was on the front page of the site. Over the course of the next year, I wrote more than 20 articles for Cracked. In less time than it took me to get a $1/hour raise at my day job, I'd amassed a writing resume that included several articles that had been viewed more than a million times each.