About TigerLeo
Joined November 2013
Hi Wealthy Affiliates. My name is Mel and I'm very happy to be here.

I've been wondering for a long time how to use the internet to make an income. I'm very pleased to have found this site.

My goal is to be able to produce a well-designed site that will ultimately become a full-time business.

I am currently living in Turkey in a beautiful coastal town on the Agean. Apart from learning internet marketing, I am also learning Turkish and take an annual break to teach English at summer school in the UK.

Past life experiences include living in Manhattan and Singapore, and I was a graphic artist in the age of PMT cameras and real cut and paste. (That probably dates me!) . I was half way through my degree in Art and Sculpture when I fractured my elbow, and veered into the career of EFL which led me to where I am today. I think my life motto is Tell God your plans, and She'll have a good laugh.

Other interests include making friends here on the peninsula, art and photography, and by default (being married to a yacht captain) sailing. Living in a different culture from my own has challenged my perspective on the world and realise without the power of spoken language, the world becomes very small indeed. Ironically, I finished my degree: Visual Arts and Communication.

Things have changed so much from those cut'n' paste days, that I've become a non stop learner by nature, and am enjoying making new friends here at WA.
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rebeccas Premium
Hello Mel! Thanks for the follow. I am happy to connect with you.
I wish you a prosperous journey as you build your dream for online success. Let me know if I can help you. ~Rebecca
Pearlie Premium
Thanks for the follow Mel nice meeting you wish you all the best on your journey here and with your sites
arick Premium
Great to meet you Mel!
bkcook Premium
Thanks for the follow. Best wishes to you at WA
gmegs Premium
Really nice to connect with you!
Veganlife Premium
I get sidetracked a lot too, there's so much info here. I've decided to just finish a course before starting my niche site. Then I'll devote an hour a day on average to writing content. Hopefully that will get me started on the website sometime next month.

Trying to have it all perfect can be a drag. For now, good enough has to be good enough. Perfect will come later, with more experience under our belt.

Keep moving forward.
Veganlife Premium
Thanks for the follow Mel, keep on learning, this journey is great fun.
TigerLeo Premium
Hey Veganlife
Yes it sure is. Been a little lost in where I'm actually going with it this week.Trouble is I go off on tangents, want everything to be perfect immediately and grind to a state of paralysis. So..just been taking stock by revisiting why I started, and looking ahead at the modules in courses 3 and 4 for direction and perspective.

Learning is a journey, not a destination...

All the best
Mel :-)
speedking Premium
Hi Mel, many thanks for the follow and heres hoping you make a huge success of WA and may you go from strenth to strenth as we all progress to make our dreams come true - take care - Johan.
Damien Lane Premium
Ah, Mel...

I've met several trained graphic designers here, though not many that were trained without the www in mind - there we are similar.

The first time I approached a personal computer was in design school, I swore I'd never touch one, & then saw Ph0t0sh0p & I was able to be tamed slowly over the following few decades into an acceptance of the digital.

Ending up spending over a decade in IT was just a little beyond surreal. I still am a little confused about that one, & the left side of my brain is still very cross with me. Though, the little knowledge that stuck, certainly has it's advantages at sites like this one.

An artist too, I see (trying to not sound too excited - YEA!)...

Great to connect Mel - nice to read a bio that feels familiar in a way that only an artists' can...

I trust I'll see you around here on occasion.

roberta1 Premium
Hi Mel. Thanks so much for the follow. I love the life motto.
rob3 Premium
Hi Mel, thanks for the follow. You're in a part of the world I love, although I've not been to Turkey itself, I adore the Greek islands. And you have similar interests in art photography and sailing - good to meet you!

Here's wishing you success at WA and look forward to seeing you around the community.
TigerLeo Premium
Hi Rob
Pay us a visit sometime. Just a short sail from Kos, and if you're dropping in, please bring some bacon :-)

I'm just about to read up on your writing content article. I've got loads of ideas and no idea how to organise it.

Good luck with your ventures here at WA.
Fred Chong Premium
Hi Mei, Thanks for follow and glad to know you. See you around this wonderful community and looking forward to see your sparkling site as well:)
bonnie2512 Premium
Hi Mel, thanks for your comment about my website. I will add more to my review in a bit, but I also wanted to thank you for the book recommendation. I'll definitely look into it.

Internetgranny Premium
Hello Mel. First of all thank you for following me and for leaving a comment on my profile. I am following you back and sending you a PM.
Sui_generis Premium
Thanks for the follow. This IS a great site and with Kyle's training videos, it's easy. When you factor in all the other training, it's well worth the investment. I'll have to check out your site. Best wishes to you! Debbi
merryman88 Premium
Sorry Mel read Haven't for have

Ray Bowley
TigerLeo Premium
Yes , that's my real name although my married name is Öçal. So I can use both until I apply for citizenship, then I'll have a fight on my hands to use both, but I'm not sure I'm going to do that...
I have had to stop reading the news here, 1 because it's so watered down and 2 because it's so ridiculous, I get so angry but can't do anything. But there are some lovely people here, and they can't leave, and I'm happy that my husband is a colourful, passionate personality that makes life worth staying for. It's a sad trend in the world atm, I think. Democracy doesn't mean anything anymore, it seems but we live in hope the good will prevail. :-)
TigerLeo Premium
Hi Ray, nice to meet you.
I love your positive outlook on life and am encouraged by the fact you are trying this in a country that is not your native home.
I am in Turkey and thankful that the tutorial videos are not posted on You Tube...
Good luck with your endeavours fellow adventurer, and I too will be seeing how things go for you.

Mel Freeborn
merryman88 Premium
Yes I deplore the situation in Turkey, I have no time for politicians that can't take constructive criticism, and censure, they have no right to hold political office and obviously have something to hide trouble, is they hide behind democratic principles and camouflage their intentions' we have a similar situation in Thailand our present little hitler name Of Sutep Thaugbaesaun wants a democratic government but has no intention of arriving at it by democratic means, still at least they have tried to close any of the internet services.
Hey I love your surname ' Freeborn ' is that your actual surname doesn't sound very Turkish,
anyway Mel Hope every days is brighter than the last one ,

Ray Bowley ( Merryman88 )
merryman88 Premium
Hi Mel,
a warm and belated welcome to Wealthy Affiliates Thank you for the follow, as you have been here longer than me I won't go into all the great resources here, and the wonderful community, you have already found that out, I will now follow you and watch your progress,

Ray Bowley ( Merryman88 )
jyoder101 Premium
Welcome, best of luck for the coming year. There is a lot of information to take in. Take your time and follow the courses. It will get easier.
TigerLeo Premium
Many thanks for the encouragement jyoder :-)
nathaniell Premium
Hey, I just wanted to check in and see if had a chance to start exploring Wealthy Affiliate. I know that when I first joined WA I got serious information overload. I didn't really know where to get started or what exactly I was meant to be doing.

If you haven't started the Online Entrepreneur Certification Course - that's a good place to start. It'll take you through the whole process of what online marketing is, and how to build a successful website. Click the green"Get Started Here" button on the left.

If you're seriously lost or need help with ANYTHING, drop me a message on my profile or ask someone in chat :) Live chat is an awesome tool and there's usually someone that can solve your problem right away!
TigerLeo Premium
Hi Nathaniell, nice to meet you.

You are right, the information can be overwhelming.
I didnt get stuck in right away this week. I actually spent some time considering my feelings about this. One was a fear of being scammed, the other was doubting my ability to stick at it. The third was a fear of actually producing something and putting it 'OUT THERE'. My background was in graphic design for print, (80s and 90s) and now EFL. These are pretty safe places to be. The internet is a different beast, live and interactive.

However, these issues looked at and with time to study, I feel this venture is worth while. So I read all your emails in one night and I signed up to Premium today, and I'll just take it step by step.

You offer great advice and support and most of all honest encouragement. Yes I've seen those get rich quick schemes too, and I think you and those at WA are honest and upfront. The way you guys speak and write is friendly and open.

My next task is to get on with the level 1 course, as I'm bewildered as to what niche to follow and I have a problem focussing on one thing at a time!

Many thanks for your interest and encouragement.

Talk again soon :-)
nathaniell Premium
It's great to have you here, and congrats on signing up for Premium. WA people are the best out there, and community support is one of the main reasons I stay in WA :)
Kyle Premium
Hello there Melanie! Would just like to introduce myself. I am Kyle, co-founder of Wealthy Affiliate and I am here to help you out if you ever need anything or need to be pointed in the right direction. Don't be afraid to ask questions when you need help as there are a ton of awesome people here within the community. :)

See you around!
nathaniell Premium
Hi Melanie, Nathaniell here. Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate!

I'm glad to see you've signed up and are ready to get started.

Before you start making money, there are just two things you need to know.

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More buddies means more support. More support means more success.

2) You can get started learning how to make money by doing your Level 1 Certification Course. Click on the green "Get Started Here" button. Remember that you can ask any questions you want in live chat, on your personal blog, or in the Getting Started Classroom here https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/getting-started

And don't forget that you can also access me any time through my personal email address onemorecupofcoffee.nathaniell@gmail.com

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Best of luck, and don't forget you can always ask me for help!