Parenthood is a very strange thing. It feels like it’s only been a week since our special delivery arrived, and yet it feels like our little Pipsqueak has been around for ages. Life is kind of like that anyway, but having a kiddo around really drives the point home.
In any case, it’s been three months, and that means it’s time to get the show back on the road in this space. I won’t be posting as frequently as I was before — three times a week is a bit too much for me to handle on top of my freelance load and our ever-evolving mini-caveman — but I’m planning to bring you fresh content every Tuesday.
For now, let me leave you with some fresh links!
Link Round-up: Drink Up Edition
Having given them up for 9+ months, I have a newfound appreciation for coffee and wine. Luckily, both come with health bonuses as well as simple enjoyment!
Joss Whedon offers some great advice on how to be prolific.
Have a great week!
A quick note to say the blog will be on hiatus for a few weeks due to a new, super big (well, 8 pounds & 12 oz. anyway) project that arrived March 21st.
Telling stories has long been a part of who I want to be and how I want to give back to this world. I was first bitten by the writing bug in elementary school, and it’s a condition I’ve never been able to leave behind. I dabbled with some other ideas for careers in high school but eventually settled on getting my degree in journalism with a minor in public relations.
At university, I learned how to get to the core of a story and make it relatable for a target audience. I discovered the power going viral when one of my editorials became the talk of the campus one week. And I learned how to work with people — both my fellow reporters and editors as well as my sources — to craft the best (i.e., the most effective, powerful, informative and engaging) version of a story possible.
I also honed my editing skills. After having developed a reputation for being a bit of a — how do I put this nicely? — grammar nazi (yes, that was the nice way of putting it), I was asked one question during my interview to be copy editor of the newspaper: “Do you have strong eyes?” After a few months of editing page after page after page of copy, I became a life-long glasses wearer. And it was as an editor that I learned how to help people find their own stories and how best to tell them.
Transitioning Into the Real World
After graduation, I began using my writing and editing skills whenever I could, and I’m proud to say my oldest client and I go back seven years. After several years of inconsistent, one-off projects here and there, in 2012, I had the opportunity to focus on taking my work from hobby to business. This year, I want to do even more to help both individuals and business owners discover their stories and communicate them to the world.
From Here to Eternity — Or Somewhere Thereabouts
SWS is all about helping you find both your story and the best way to tell it. If you own a business, that means having an effective blog, an active social media presence, and a rocking (and informative!) website. If you’re an individual with a story to tell (and who doesn’t?), that means finally getting a grip on what that story is and how to form it into a narrative to share with others.
I’ll be telling you more about how I can help you do that in the coming weeks, but for now, hop over to my Services page to see exactly how I can help you, and if you’re still aching to know more about what drives SWS — and me — then check out my About page, where you can read a little more about me as well as my manifesto for SWS. Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to getting to know you all in 2013!