How many years have you been in tech?
Tell me about your background. What were your early years like?
I actually got my degree in print journalism, but I’ve only worked at digital outlets. So in addition to writing, reporting, and editing, I had to do coding, sourcing and editing photos, and pick up the ins and outs of various content management systems over the years. I taught myself HTML and CSS way back in college, and up until a few years ago, I still handcoded my website, until switching to WordPress.
How were you exposed to tech?
I’ve always been a huge nerd, and my favorite classes in school were computer classes. I saved all my money from summer jobs in high school to buy a computer when I went off to college.
What is your current role?
I’m currently a web editor for an online technology news site, and I also write content marketing case studies for B2B tech companies.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
I co-founded a group for local comic creators back in 2010, that is still going strong after seven years. We’ve published seven comic anthologies full of member stories, and have sold our books at numerous local and regional comic conventions.
What are you learning right now?
What was the last fear that you faced? How did you feel after you conquered it?
A fear I face every day is putting myself out there. As a freelancer, it’s essential to my business to market myself to new potential clients. But it means you face a lot of rejection, too, and that’s hard.
What advice do you wish someone had given to you? What advice would you give to others starting out?
Don’t give up before you start. Don’t assume people will tell you “No.” Make them do it. It’s the only way to get to “Yes.”