I have recently published in ReadWriteWeb, IBM Data Management, UniversityBusiness, PracticeLink and Data Center Management.
My articles have also appeared in ComputerWorld, Byte.com, IEEE Computer, ITWorld.com, HGTVPro.com, CSO, IEEE Distributed Systems Online, Government Security News, Laptop, Smart Computing, Technical Support, The Hosting Standard (Canada), TechWorld.com (UK), SIGnature, Processor and the Engineering News-Record.
Before becoming a writer, I served ISP and telecom customers at CoreComm in Cleveland, OH.
The CoreComm opportunity gave me experience with:
- Writing for the company Intranet and newsletter
- Enterprise software installation and testing
- AAA and email server monitoring
- ODBC setup
- Triple-boot computer systems
On leaving CoreComm I started writing for trade magazines and continued supporting my own SOHO as well as friends' home computers. This gave me experience with:
- Researching, pitching story ideas, self-marketing and networking
- Conducting background research and locating and interviewing appropriate experts
- Writing, meeting deadlines, editing and proofing galleys
as well as:
- SOHO networking
- Wireless networking
- PC troubleshooting and hardware installation
- Mobile hardware and software testing
I have always enjoyed writing. Computers finally dragged me away from my beginnings in social work and eventually introduced me to writing about technology.
I can say, though, that the experience and education I received in my former work--I earned a BA in psychology in 1993--have proven useful in researching, writing, persevering as a freelancer and relating to people.
I have satisfied editors with articles that brought increased readership, praise from all sides and repeat work. My network of contacts and opportunities continues to flourish as I move ahead.
There always seems to be some new writing gig waiting around the corner that's bigger and better than I could have imagined. Great new customers, colleagues and friends are waiting there, too. I'm excited, I'm ready and I'm grateful.
Thank you, everyone.