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Writing & Speaking Portfolio

Creative writing (of all sorts – creative nonfiction, travel essays, short stories) has become something akin to disciplined obsession for me. I’ve written for a diverse set of websites – mostly travel sites about my adventures in South America, but also about music, food, and the arts for Seattle Met Magazine. I also have had the opportunity to do some webinars and speaking gigs. Here are some of my favorite published pieces.

Jan 12, 2017 – 2017 Digital Marketing Predictions. I was quoted in tip #5 for my top 3 SEO predictions.

Jan 1, 2017 – Quiet Costa Rica – Costa Rica is at it’s best during the dreaded rainy season. This is a travel essay about my honeymoon, which took place a few years back, but it was still fun to share the story and advice about where and when to go when visiting Costa Rica!

Oct 31, 2016 – 36 Tried & Tested SEO Tricks That Actually Produced Results. Check out tip #25 for my tip.

July 19, 2016 – “Top 15 Myths about International SEO, Debunked.” This is essentially the same content as what I covered in the Mozinar below.

March 8, 2016 – “The Top Myths about International SEO” Mozinar (webinar) at Moz. About 600+ registrants for the webinar tuned in, and potentially thousands will view the video recording in the future. It was a great experience to share my knowledge about international SEO with a wider audience.

February 11, 2016 – Guest Lecture on The Basics of SEO (and some advanced stuff) at the University of Washington’s Information School. As part of the lecture, the slidedeck uses SEO principles to audit a Seattle-based website, math-adventure.com, which the students were evaluating for their class project.The basics of SEO

September 25, 2015 – Dear Halloween Night (a poem) featured on Autumn Sky Poetry Daily.

June 23, 2015 – 7 Common Hreflang Mistakes (And How To Fix Them), on SEMRush:

SEMRush International SEO Hreflang

April 12, 2015How to Choose the Right International SEO Site Structure, featured on SEMRush.

March 19, 2015 – International SEO Strategy – Plus a Flowchart.  As part of my work at Portent, I wrote this article, designed the included flowchart, and hosted a webinar on the subject of International SEO Strategy.

You can watch the recording of the webinar here, or view the slide deck here:

January 29, 2015 – The Basics of SEO & SEO Audit for OnTheBoards. I gave a guest lecture at the University of Washington’s Information School about the basics of SEO, and also did an audit of the OnTheBoards’ website. Here’s the slidedeck:

December 18, 2014 – Is Duplicate Content Really a Problem?

September 11, 2014 – PPC and SEO — Shouldn’t They Get Along?

August 5, 2014 – How to Go Incognito for International Search Queries – and Why

February 11, 2014 – Ascending to Heaven: A Sunset Tour of the Palacio Barolo. For my work with SouthAmerica.travel, I toured this fascinating palace in Buenos Aires that gives the word “Dantesque” a whole new meaning:

Buenos Aires at Night

Buenos Aires at Night

October 22, 2013 – An Interview with the Seattle Art Museum’s Native Art Curator on Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon. When Peruvian art came to Seattle’s SAM, I took the opportunity to interview the curator on this exhibit.

January 2011 – July 2014South America Travel News Blog – I built this travel blog from scratch in 2011, wrote over 150 blog posts and managed a team of writers, and by the time I left it in 2014, it was generating 12% of all leads.

July 10, 2013 – Living in the City of Kings: Lima, Peru. After living for 8 months in Lima, Peru, I have a lot to say about this grimy and utterly fascinating city:

Independence Day celebration in Lima.

Independence Day celebration in Lima.


November 27, 2012Travelling in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Sacred Valley is often skipped over when people travel from Cusco to Machu Picchu, but it is really worth checking out while you’re there.

May 12, 2012From Fine Dining to Eating Like a Local in Lima, Peru. Lima’s cuisine is one of the best things it’s got going for it.

February 23, 2012 – Three Essential Peru Archaeology Tours. Although I never got to go to these locations in northern Peru, I learned enough about them over the years to teach a course on it.

November 3, 2011 – History in Stone: An In-Depth Cusco City Tour. I fell in love with the history and architecture in Cusco, Peru.

May 16, 2011 – Paraglide Over Lima’s Pacific Coast. I went paragliding over Lima. A really fun experience, especially when your guide doesn’t speak English!

August 13, 2010From Lima to the Rock Gardens of Marcahuasi. I went on a hike in the remote mountains outside of Lima. It was awesome:

Woman and donkeys, Marcahauasi, Peru.

Woman and donkeys, Marcahauasi, Peru.


Jan 18, 2010 – Tim Rollins and KOS: A History. Tim Rollins & KOS have been a favorite artist/activist movement of mine since 2007, so when I heard the Frye Art Museum in Seattle was hosting an exhibit of their work, I gladly reviewed it for Seattle Met.

Jan 22, 2010 – One Fast Move or I’m Gone. I wrote a review of Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar’s album One Fast Move or I’m Gone, which was based on Jack Kerouac’s novel Big Sur.

Jan 14, 2010 – 150 Years of Love & Lust, Seattle-Style. I wrote a bit about Raymond Carver for the February 2010 cover story. I also spent entirely too much time researching early Seattle love stories for this article, including looking at microfiche in the Seattle Public Library. All I remember was a lot of advertisements for tooth powder and various potions:

Photo from Seattle Met.

Dec 14, 2009 – Spotlight On: Chris Jordan. I interviewed artist/activist Chris Jordan, who lives in Seattle and had an art exhibit in 2009 at the Pacific Science Center.

Oct 2, 2009What Gaul! Paris Grocery Opens Quietly on the Pike Hill Climb. I really like cheese, so I leapt at the chance to write about & take photos of this Parisian grocery when it opened in Seattle.

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