Writer, editor, and entrepreneur who currently travels the world looking for great stories to live, interesting tales to share, and new ways to make words sexy. Founder of Craft Your Content.\r\nWHAT LED YOU TO START WORKING IN DIGITAL\/MEDIA PUBLISHING?\r\nI liked the medium of online writing, and the way the landscape was changing. When I started, in the late 2000s, it was a way for writers and content creators who did not have access to the traditional publishing outlets to share their thoughts and opinions. That was exciting, especially because people seemed to actually care a bit more about what they were saying and how they were saying it.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?\r\n\r\nThis changes on a daily basis since my role as a founder\/executive editor means I fulfill many different functions within our small (but growing) agency. Generally, I wake up around 6 AM, make some tea, and read for a couple hours (preferably something on my Kindle, though sometimes I\u2019ll catch up on articles I\u2019ve marked that look interesting from my feeds). After that, I\u2019m doing something to get moving for 20-30 minutes to get out of that cozy curled up reading state, before getting ready and settling in for work. \r\n\r\nI try to review emails, Slack conversations, and Trello notifications at home \u2014 since I travel so much, I\u2019m often on a different time zone (or continent) from a number of clients and my core team, so a lot happens overnight that needs my input to move forward. Plus, I don\u2019t write well at home, and many cafes don\u2019t open til 9 AM or so. It\u2019s a nice window to GSD on a deadline. \r\n\r\nBetween 9-10 AM (at the latest) I\u2019m off to a local cafe, where I hole up and write for anywhere from 2-6 hours, depending on what I\u2019m working on and where my head is at. Flip back and forth between Americano coffees and mint tea, for anyone keeping track.\r\n\r\nThen it is usually home for lunch (I don\u2019t eat until afternoon most days, for no spiffy diet\/health reasons, simply because I\u2019m not usually hungry until then) and to recharge my laptop. Once that little light is green, I\u2019m off to an afternoon coffee shop or pub to hole up and work on client edits (while drinking soda water and lime at the pub \u2014 one never edits drunk!) \r\n\r\nI like to wind down on work by 6 or 7 PM, about a 12 hour day with a few breaks worked in. I don\u2019t like to adhere to a strict \u201conly work on these things at these times\u201d schedule, cause life happens and I\u2019ve found with digital publishing it is better to be able to roll with unexpected changes than to force creativity into a calendared box. If I\u2019m in the mood or on deadline, I\u2019m a bit more structured or will work longer, it really depends. \r\n\r\nPreferably, I\u2019m in bed by 9:30-10 PM with a fiction read and asleep by 11 PM at the latest. I don\u2019t do well on less than 6-7 hours of sleep.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT\u2019S YOUR WORK SETUP LOOK LIKE?\r\n\r\nOur agency runs mostly on Slack for internal communication (not that I think it is any better than email (which we still use for longer and some external things), because Slack trains us to the same Pavlovian response for notifications \u2014 but it does encourage more succinct messaging) and Trello for content calendars and client assignments (you can learn our entire Trello management process here). \r\n\r\nI sometimes will use the Pomodoro timer with Toggl time management if I feel like I\u2019m slipping too much in my productivity, so I can see where I\u2019m spending my time and if that is the best use of it. \u00a0As for the actual writing and editing work we do at Craft Your Content, that is all done in Google Docs.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT DO YOU DO OR GO TO GET INSPIRED?\r\n\r\nLots of things. I get inspired by reading other pieces and thinking of a unique take to add or interpretation (with credit and attribution, of course), often by any physical stuff that I do (yoga, walking, hiking, kayaking, and recently rock climbing, are some of my faves), conversations with others, and taking in cultural scenes and events (I\u2019m a huge theatre and museum nerd). I go through spurts of watching television\/movies, usually on Netflix but tend to err on the side of mindless comedy or documentaries when I\u2019m on a binge.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT\u2019S YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF WRITING OR QUOTE?\r\n\r\nI have two. The first is by an unknown author (though often attributed to Emerson) that is abridged to be \u201cTo know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.\u201d \u00a0The second is loosely credited to Hemingway, but so true: \u201c It is easy to write. Just sit in front of your typewriter and bleed.\u201d\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT IS THE PASSIONATE PROBLEM YOU ARE TACKLING AT THE MOMENT?\r\n\r\nI\u2019m passionate about the quality of writing that is being shared these days. I do not for one second think that every single thing that is written needs to be a 3,000-word manifesto of researched and edited glory. There is a place for articles on cat videos, and we need that place to exist for all to be right for the world.\r\n\r\nBut there is a need for those 3,000-word manifestos of researched and edited glory, and that need is only starting to be addressed again. I\u2019m encouraged by sites like Long Reads and Aeon, and long to see more of that interesting commentary and writing shared. Like I said, digital publishing is a brilliant way for people and brands to access an audience in a way that doesn\u2019t have to involve the gatekeepers and sterilization of traditional publishing \u2014 I passionately want more people to want to make the most of it.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nIS THERE A PRODUCT, SOLUTION OR TOOL THAT MAKES YOU THINK IT IS A GOOD DESIGN FOR YOUR DIGITAL PUBLISHING EFFORTS?\r\n\r\nSo many tools and solutions I love using. I tend to find that when systems try to be ALL THE THINGS, they get unnecessarily complicated and overly robust. I prefer simplicity and minimal design\/use. It leaves us with a suite of services, which can be its own frustration bouncing between, but I prefer it. Currently, our most used are Trello, Slack, WordPress, Google Docs, Meet Edgar, Drip, Thesaurus.com and Dictionary.com, and Buffer.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nANY ADVICE FOR AMBITIOUS DIGITAL PUBLISHING AND MEDIA PROFESSIONALS JUST STARTING OUT?\r\n\r\nGive a shit. You\u2019ll be amazed how quickly that will set you apart.