I like writing and storytelling. I like learning new things and helping others figure stuff out. And, I like being outside and traveling. This blog is basically all of those things wrapped up in a digital form.
My main objective for this blog is to practice writing, editing, photography, and videography; to tell about my camping mishaps and successes; to share stories from on the road and around the world; and, to hopefully help others figure stuff out — whether that’s planning a trip or finding a local hiking trail.
I work as a content marketing specialist and freelance writer, producing content in various forms for businesses and organizations to inform and engage curious readers and existing customers.
I studied journalism at St. Cloud State University because I truly enjoy writing and storytelling. After taking my first journalism class, I just knew that I had to get started with the student newspaper, the University Chronicle. (To date, it was one of best experiences of my life.)
My first year with the newspaper was spent reporting on a number of topics. My senior year, I became the editor-in-chief, leading the newspaper’s daily operations. I also spent my last year of college working as a web content intern for a local business and as the SPJ chapter vice president.
I completed my bachelor’s degree in May 2016 and began working as a content writer for a startup software company shortly thereafter. I took my experiences from the newspaper and my internship and applied what I knew to the company’s content operations, building and implementing strategies as I went.
Working in this role showed me another side of storytelling that I value deeply — one that enables readers to sufficiently educate themselves while engaging with a brand. I’ve been able to take what I’ve learned to AVI Systems, Inc., where I work as a content marketing specialist.
Code of Ethics
I joined the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) my senior year of college as SCSU’s chapter vice president. As a student journalist, I abided by SPJ’s Code of Ethics.
And although I don’t work as a full-time journalist, I strongly believe ethics are vitally important to a professional’s livelihood, and I carry that attitude into my work, including this blog and on social media.
I’m human, therefore I make mistakes every now and then. I encourage readers to contact me with questions or comments regarding any editorial content featured on my blog, or elsewhere.