Hiking & Writing

 Coors 2A few months ago, a friend and I traveled to Steamboat Springs, CO. We spent 5 days making new friends as we explored the area-taking time to do some shopping, checking out local cuisine and even hiking. Those who know me personally would not be quick to peg me as a hiker, and they would be correct. In fact, while I have always liked a brisk walk around the block, I had never hiked a mountain-especially not one covered in several feet of snow. However, hiking was one of the activities, and I was determined to make it to the top of the trail. And, despite falling a few times, I did make it!

“So what,” you may ask, “does this have to do with writing?”

When I first began writing for the Web, I knew very little about what that meant. Just as with hiking I know how to walk, I knew how to write. After all, I had written my share of research papers, some poetry and had even written a few short stories, but I had no concept of what it took to get up each day and look at a blank screen and produce Web friendly content. Like making that hike and placing one foot in front of the other –even though I wasn’t sure I could make it, writing that early Web content meant writing sentence after sentence, and not being completely confident I had it right.

Along the way to learning about Web content writing and later on doing social posts, I have stumbled and have had to get up and keep going and learn better ways (thanks Panda and Penguin!) ways to write. And, like using a walking stick while making that mountain hike, I have learned how to use tools like AdWords for Web content, as well as Hootesuite and TweetDeck for social media pages so that managing the plethora of pages for which I am responsible is easier.

And, as on my trip where I made friends with people from all across America, thanks to Write Away Copywriting I have made new friends in the world of Web design, too.  But not only has writing allowed me to make many new friends and acquaintances, I have also had the joy of learning about so many fascinating topics and even visit some places I did not know about, as part of the research.

So, to all of you that have been a part of the hike –Thanks! I could not be here without you. I am having a blast making the climb and look forward to traveling on with you. I love taking on new writing projects or social media accounts, so please don’t hesitate to ask.

By jslagell

I have been writing for the Web since 2007. As a copywriter, I have provided SEO web content for more than 30 travel websites and written dozens of blog posts about social media, Internet trends and website design, as well as being the Content Editor for Coupon Claim.com. Not only do I provide web content, but I also manage several social media accounts that help businesses maintain a presence on the Web. In addition to SEO work, I am part of the creating and editing team with Creative for Kids, a children’s church curriculum company. When I am not at my computer, I enjoy cooking for my family as well as for large events/activities, scrapbooking, reading and visiting new places. I am also involved in a variety of activities at my church such as writing children’s Bible lessons based on themes or for specific topics, directing Vacation Bible School and volunteering as the Administrative Assistant to our Children’s Director.

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