From her time working in higher education AJ knows a lot about higher education trends and college students, teambuilding, human resources and creating high-impact employment manuals. She also has a strong interest in social justice and has extensive knowledge about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender topics as well as women's and gender equality issues.
AJ enjoys writing about lifestyle and fitness topics such as travel, outdoor activities and rec (specifically running, hiking, backpacking, SCUBA, kayaking), gluten free living, and general fitness. She has practical experience with social media marketing and independent publishing and would be well qualified to produce content on these topics as well.
Somewhat of an odd Girl Scout, AJ was the one getting dirty while playing with the fire and learning how to tie knots. She wanted nothing to do with 'crafts' or 'homemaking skills'. She's never lost that practical love of nature, and spends as much time outside as she can. If it's nice out she'll be running, hiking, or playing in her garden. She loves to travel and will explore the US or other countries any time the opportunity presents itself. All the better if she can get in a good hike while she's there!
On the rare occasion the sun isn't shining in Colorado, you can find AJ curled up with a mystery novel or one of her favorite cheesy British TV shows.
AJ studied Psychology as an undergraduate and took several courses on human language acquisition. She also took 4 semesters of Japanese language and literature courses.
After two years as a Resident Assistant in undergraduate, AJ decided that she loved working with college students and wanted to pursue the field professionally. In graduate school she focused on Orientation and Commuter Student Services and program development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students.
AJ has almost ten years of experience writing copy for higher education. Pieces range from event promotion to training manuals and official memoranda.
AJ is an avid hiker, SCUBA diver and runner. She has written many blog posts about her experiences exploring the great outdoors and balancing fitness needs with work demands.
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AJ has had personal blog since 2001 and has had pieces published on several special interest blogs. Topics include fitness, education, travel and writing tips, and best blogging practices.
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AJ has written effective promotional Twitter posts for events, books, web pages and products. She understands SEO principles for hashtags, engagement tracking, and maximizing RT and response potential.
AJ has written engaging Amazon descriptions for two novels. One novel showed significant SEO increases after her intervention. It spent 5 weeks on the Amazon bestseller list in its category.