When I was in third grade, I started a club called Magazine Makers.
My friends and I used to gather in the back of the classroom during movies, hold meetings, and make tiny magazines for our stuff animals.
Looking back, it’s easy to see why I grew up to be a professional blogger, website developer, and community builder. Even at ten, I was obsessed with creating content, organizing ideas, and connecting people (or stuffed animals).
In 2010, I started my first significant blog (there were many other “blogs” before this that flopped and failed after I wrote a few posts) when I launched Dive In Tampa Bay.
I started Dive In out of a bit of desperation.
After graduating with a B.A. in Writing from the University of Tampa in 2007, I entered the job market just as print publications around the country began to fold and the economy took a turn for the worst.
I couldn’t find a writing job or gig anywhere, even after literally banging on the doors of every print publication in Tampa.
Then I found a job!
…. as a legal secretary.
I wasn’t creating. I wasn’t writing. And I certainly wasn’t serving that aching passion to build.
So, I decided to do something about it.
Not know much about blogging or online writing, I set up a Godaddy account and attempted to build my first blog. I figured if no one would hire me to write for them, I’d write for myself.
And it was pretty much a disaster.
I had no idea how to set up a website. I didn’t even know about WordPress. And Godaddy eventually called me to basically say, “Ma’am, what are you doing?”
But I researched. I practiced. I learned a ton.
And eventually Dive In became a blog getting a little bit of notoriety around the Tampa area.
Dive In definitely didn’t bring in much money for me (I had no idea what the word “monetize” even meant back then).
But it did provide me with an outlet for creation and more importantly, helped me land my first real job in marketing and writing.
In 2011, I joined an online content development company called CopyPress as their Community Trainer and Manager, responsible for hiring, training, and managing their large group of freelance writers.
The job was made for me. It allowed me to build a community, create a ton of content, and work with other creatives. It was everything I wanted since back when I was pushing my friends to keep Magazine Makers alive.
My experience at CopyPress taught me so much about blogging, online marketing, freelancing, and business.
In fact, it made me fall in love with all of those things.
So after three years, I decided to set out and build a space where I could explore all of those things on my own, and I launched Simply Stated Media.
Simply Stated helps small businesses and individuals build and grow their online platforms. Through content creation, website development, online business management, social media, and local SEO services, we help people launch and manage their new businesses, blogs, and projects.
Now, I work for myself, help others do the same, and love every minute of it.
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