Linsay has written more than 1,000 gardening articles for sites such as the San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate and local nurseries on topics ranging from xeriscaping to rain gardening, using native plants to choosing salt-, deer- and drought-resistant species. Her article "Extreme Shade Plants" won a $1,500 reader's choice award from Demand Media. Ironically, after moving from the Pacific Northwest to the Sonoran Desert a few years ago, her (many and varied) attempts at gardening have been, shall we say, less than awesome. But she's working on it.
Before leaving the "lucrative" world of non-profit for the equally lucrative but even less stable (is that possible?) world of freelance writing, Linsay was a grant-writer/fundraiser for non-profits and foundations. She has written about grant writing, fund raising and non-profit organizations in various regions, as well as writing successful grant proposals (up to $750K, thank you Bill Gates), annual reports, direct mail campaigns and newsletters.
Linsay used to work in the airline industry -- yes, she was that annoying person at the gate whose only goal in life was to make your trip hellish -- and she's traveled extensively since childhood. She's also written more than 1,000 articles and blog posts on hotels to hostels, cruises to bicycle tours, honeymoons to adventure travel, and budget to luxury travel for sites like USA Today Travel, Trails.com and Vacation Maine. Plus she's a featured travel writer -- both domestic and international -- for Yahoo, where she's on the "Hot 500" list - whatever that is.
Linsay's primary research on the impact of electronic journals on women's representation in academic publishing was recently published in the journal LIBRES. She's done extensive research on the impact of U.S. population policies on women's access to reproductive health care in the global South, as well as published research on the impact of intellectual property laws on women's access to HIV/AIDS drugs in developing countries.
She's also published articles, blog posts and a couple of chapters in an e-book on sex, gender and women's issues, such as the evolving nature of women's roles and rights in education, the workplace and society; the influence of social media and the Internet on gender roles and male-female relationships; transgender issues; and global women's issues. Plus, she's a woman, so that helps.
Linsay's a compulsive reader -- she OCD-ishly feels compelled to read every bit of text she sees -- but she absolutely hates commercials and and she really hates reading boring product descriptions! To remedy this, Linsay loves to write entertaining descriptions that grab the customer's attention -- and get them to click and buy.
As you would expect from a work-at-home mom living in Phoenix, Linsay is a paragon of high style - namely, styles found on Target's 75%-off rack. Seriously, she looks both fierce and fabulous when she's engaged in the glamorous activities that make up her day-to-day (when she's not writing, of course), like changing diapers, putting the d**m toys back in the toybox for the umpteeth time, and driving her kids back and forth to school. She puts this razor-sharp fashion sense (most of which has been gleaned from watching every episode of Project Runway, ever) to work in her articles about fashion. Make it work!
Linsay has written finance articles for the Motley Fool website and created blog posts, articles and web pages for a number of investment companies. Topics range from the stock market to budgeting, definition of economic terms to investing, the role of the Federal Reserve to the different types of interest rates. Seriously, there's just no way to make this stuff funny, so there you go. Doesn't get much more exciting than this.
Mmmmm... donuts. Linsay likes to cook and to eat, and she loves to read and write about it, too -- in fact, she's completely obsessed with Cook's Illustrated. Most of her food-related articles center on nutrition, menu planning and organic eating and have been published on sites like Hidden Valley Ranch and AZ Central. She's also the writer/editor at Pureformance.com, an innovative wellness start-up with a focus on incorporating healthy eating as part of an overall fit lifestyle.
Linsay's green creds = She recycles! Composts (which, in Phoenix, is more like a science experiment)! Brings her own bags to the store! Attended a super-crunchy liberal arts university! Drives a 40MPG car (OK, full disclosure, the 40-mpg car was recently traded in for a massive Canyonero that will pull the pop-up camper)! Used to live in Seattle! Plus, she has written about topics like solar panels, solar ovens, pet-safe weed killers, soil and water conservation, geothermal energy, water-wise gardening, eco-friendly real estate remodels and eating/cooking/gardening with organic foods.
Health - Linsay is all for it! She's written articles, features and blogs on topics like healthy eating, exercising, heart-healthy cooking, vitamins and weight loss. She's also the writer/editor for Pureformance.com, an innovative wellness/fitness start-up that incorporates nutrition, exercise and mindfulness with a healthy dose of super deep thoughts. Yay for philosophy and exercise! Her work appears on sites like Houston Chronicle, AZ Central, Global Post, Pureformance, Livestrong and FRS .
Not many things are more exciting than air ducts, HVAC systems and cement fiber siding. Linsay knows this because she's written about all of them, including a rewrite of an entire air duct website as well as home improvement articles on topics like kitchen remodels, landscaping and foundation repair.
Linsay can be funny, especially after she's had a few drinks -- not that she would ever drink and write, how dare you suggest it! However now that Linsay has kids, she has to keep her constant snark monologue to herself, rather than uttering it out loud and damaging their tender, fragile psyches. However, that's good news for you, because her built-up reservoir of snide observations on the human condition must have an outlet lest her head explode. And if she runs out of ideas, she just inserts the word "Santorum." Seriously, try it. Works every time!
Like everyone, Linsay believes that insurance is an inherently exciting, sexy and glamorous topic -- ahem -- but she does her best to spice it up even further. Just TRY to keep from laughing out loud while you read her writing sample about Florida's no-fault insurance law. She's also written about several aspects of the insurance industry, from personal health to auto, and her work appears on national and local, independent insurance company pages.
Linsay has two little beasties of her own, so she knows a thing or two -- seriously, it often feels like just one or two things -- about the craziness of life with kids. She's written kid-centric articles on topics like traveling with children, mindful parenting, cooking for the family, green living with kids, and kid-friendly activities, hotels, restaurants, and attractions in various locales around the U.S. and the world. Her parenting articles are published on sites like USA Today Travel and Sitterfied, and she's ghostwritten for a number of parenting, child therapy and child health blogs.
Linsay just looooves to eat but she doesn't want to have to someday be hoisted out of her living room by a crane, so she attempts to eat as nutritiously as possible. She's written nutrition, diet, cooking and healthy eating articles for sites including Hidden Valley Ranch and Livestrong. Of course, she's ironically eating a donut while she writes this.
Linsay is a political junkie of the worst kind; she gets very worked up when reading about politics so has to limit her time on Salon and HuffPost. She loves to write about politics, though, and is (mostly) capable of keeping her biases -- which are strong and many -- to herself, even through the word "Santorum" makes her giggle every time she hears it.
Linsay has published on topics such as remodeling to sell, short sales, foreclosures, staging, moving, commercial real estate development, property management and real estate demographics. She's created several real estate websites from the ground up and has ghostwritten countless real estate blog posts for commercial and residential Realtors. She's also written numerous Realtor and mortgage loan officer bios. She currently writes for the real estate section of SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle with an emphasis on landscaping to sell in the Bay Area.
Though sometimes it seems like navel gazing, Linsay has ghostwritten many blog posts about... you guessed it, blogging -- or more specifically, blogging with search engine optimization intent. She's also written posts about online marketing for small businesses, B2B marketing and using SEO to drive traffic.