OMy path to becoming a webwriter was not direct. I worked for lawyers for many years, and received  luxurious on-the-job training in a wide range of subjects Рall aspects of the law plus other subjects, such as insurance, human resources, human rights, consumer rights, consumer protection Рnot to mention the hands-on experience with computers, computer-based research, organization, and case management. Impeccable grammar, punctuation, and communication skills were expected . . . and I learned how to write.

I got downsized

In December, 2000, I got downsized from the law firm where I worked. Rather than trying to find another similar job, I decided it was time to try something else. I looked at what I was good at:

  • I love technology
  • I was a daily Internet user
  • I have strong communication skills
  • I’m extremely detail-oriented

I wanted to be a webmaster. It was so long ago, most people didn’t know what a webmaster was. I wasn’t sure myself, I just knew I’d be good at it. I started my first business, JJWebDesigns, and got busy learning about web development and SEO.

Immersed myself in writing

Meanwhile, I got a job at a nonprofit where I organized a training program for families who needed help navigating social services. My writing, editing and knowledgebase took on a new dimension that included grantwriting, responses to requests for proposals (RFPs), brochures, PowerPoint Presentations, and other marketing materials. The job lasted until the grant money was gone, and more than long enough for me to obtain valuable experience and new marketing skills.

Joined a web development team

For eight years, I was part of a team that created e-learning training. My role was copyediting and quality assurance (QA). My team was so surprised with my eagle eye for errors, but I was well-prepared as a legal secretary. We followed strict procedures, relied on written documentation, and were held accountable for systems, standards, requirements, specifications, and addressing client needs and requests.

My guiding principles

In the nonprofit world, I learned about “best practices” and when I went to high tech, I made sure that best practices were my guiding principles in my role of ensuring quality, professional websites. My value on the team came from being extremely detail-oriented and knowledgeable about grammar, punctuation, voice, spelling – my devotion to articulate, unambiguous, writing that was free of redundancy and superfluous verbiage. And on the job, I learned about graphics, interfaces, storyboards, functionality, and most importantly, how to effectively QA websites and printed technical manuals.

When I was downsized from my high-tech job, I quickly realized that looking for another job was futile. What I needed to do was look for clients. That’s how was born. I am an experienced editor and writer, web developer, and social media marketer and I am happy to share what I have learned. Please subscribe to my website and call or email me today to discuss how I can help you. ¬†Click here to email me.