Writing Samples

These writing samples are blogs I have written for this website and past employers (2 for each).  I have been blogging for 12 years now and have gotten pretty good at it.  The last two are writing samples from my academic days.

Ink-stained Knuckle
How to Grow a *Local* Twitter Following
I see a lot of companies struggling to reach local audiences in their random smattering of followers.  So how do you get folks in your area to follow you? Well I’ll tell you.

TweetSpinner vs. Tweet Adder
These two do basically the same thing: grow your network on Twitter, which I will henceforth refer to as “Follower Farming.”  This is done through a program that searches data on Twitter and follows users based on criteria you enter in hopes that those users will follow you back.  After a few days, those who do not reciprocate your follow are purged from your follow list if you so wish it. And you probably do.

MassMedia Corporate Communications
5 Tips for Better Blogs

1. Put a number in the title
For whatever reason, people like to know how many tips they will learn from your entry.  I think this is because so many blogs dance around theoretical ideas without giving much useful information.  When readers see a list with a solid number attached to it, they read.

Video Marketing: Giving Consumers What They Want
Consumers want to determine product value for themselves. Show it to them and let them make their own judgments, rather than simply telling them it’s great.  BlendTec is a classic example of this, as their YouTube channel “Will It Blend” increased sales of their industrial blenders over 700% with minimal investment on their part.

Lutheran Hour Ministries
Tensions Boil Over as Teens Set Fire to Church
Religious tensions in Nigeria have existed for years as its citizens struggle to coexist in a population that is divided, almost exactly in half, between Christians and Muslims.  Over the past decade, this delicate balance has often been disrupted by violent clashes between the members of each religion.

Young Russian Artists Illustrate Christmas Book
“The purpose of the center is to help children develop their artistic abilities,” said Igor Savich, director of LHM—Russia.  “The place was like a fairyland with all the bright colors and amazing pictures.”

Webster University
Suggested PR Plan for the Webster University Writing Center

Even before the relocation, the Writing Center had been struggling to reach out to Webster students.Currently, attendance for workshops is low, and the center has the capacity for more business.Proud ofthe fresh new location of renovated space, the Writing Center staff wishes to get people to visit and seenot only what has changed, but what it has been offering for a long time.

News Release: Peanut Butter Corporation of America “Peanut Butter Crisis”
Lynchburg, Va. (January 13, 2009) – Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), a peanut processing and bulk distribution company, today announced a voluntary recall of peanut butter produced in its Blakely, Georgia processing facility because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.