Like just about everyone who's been working with the Internet and Web sites for more than eight years, I had no idea how involved I'd be in the process or how much the power of the Internet would change so many people's lives.
I started out as a sports writer working at The Diamondback at the University of Maryland and eventually the Washington Post while finishing up an undergraduate degree in English.
Thanks in part to a totaled car and a desire to commute to an office via the Metro instead of schlepping to various high school and college sporting events, I joined the newly formed sports staff at WashingtonPost.com.
After two years of learn-as-you go Web site development, I moved on a full-time editor position at SportsLine.com which also introduced me to the world of publishing content for America Online.
Feeling a desire to move beyond just working in sports, I became the news editor at a startup web venture called PDAmart.com where I got my first taste of both the commerce end of Web publishing as well as a glimpse into the future of computing, handheld devices.
Another career move took me to AltaVista.com (remember them?!?!) where I eventually served as a senior news editor and gained a profound understanding of the power of search technology and what implications it has on a Web site's traffic.
After an IPO that never was and the subsequent bursting of the Internet bubble (though I don't think it's fair to blame the Internet for human greed and corruption) I landed at the Media Center at the American Press Institute, where I served as Managing Editor and oversaw the day-to-day interworkings of a network of six web sites.
One of the best parts of my time at The Media Center the role it attempts to serve in the news and Internet publishing industry, of being ahead of the curve maintaining a constant understanding of new trends and emerging technologies, such as RSS, blogs, and all of the other contributors to the wave now commonly referred to as Web 2.0.
Following my time at The Media Center, I eventually joined the team that brought Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor's vision of a site for people over 50 to fruition in the form of Eons.com. As the first editorial person hired at Eons, I developed and helped build a Movable Type-based content management system for the creation of articles, teases and slideshows on the site. This dovetailed with my "real" job of Obits Editor, though I did enjoy a stretch where I was known as "Sr. Editor, Obits and Fun" and have the business cards to prove it ;-).
I have been fortune enough to receive training on a variety of web technologies including Flash, CSS, PHP, Movable Type, WordPress and numerous SQL database-driven aspects of web publishing. That has helped me develop lively, dynamic Web sites that not only give my clients a presence on the Web, it helps me to convey each client's unique voice to the finished product.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to further discuss your Web publishing or writing needs.