Having Fun with My Bio

This week has been a whirlwind, for good and terrible reasons. I’ll focus on the positive for now.

My new venture I, Reporter is off to a meteoric start. That’s good, because the topic of citizen journalism is deeply meaningful to myself and my partner in that project, A. Adam Glenn. Also, I’ve been attracting many intriguing speaking engagements, including the New York Press Assoc. (Just scored that one today.)

Given all these new speaking engagements, and given that I’ve committed to mainly having fun with pursuing that aspect of my career, I’ve revamped my bio. I’ve found that when I try to sound impressive and professional in a bio, it backfires. I get lost in the crowd.

So here it is – whadya think?…

My goal for this bio is to pique people’s curiosity, engage and inform them, and have fun – not necessarily in that order:

Amy Gahran is desperately trying to score a gig as a llama herder in Tierra del Fuego. Until then, she’s keeping busy as a content strategist and info-provocateur (seriously, check out her card, that’s what it says) based in Boulder, CO.

Since 1997 she’s worked independently in media (mostly online), managing projects and helping individuals, media, and organizations discover how they can best contribute to the public conversation. A former full-time journalist, editor, and managing editor from the realm of mainstream media, she now is a professional media oddball and loves it. However, she is not known for infallible proofreading skills.

Amy is insatiably curious, intellectually omnivorous, and easily bored. Her work involves online media (sites, blogs, feeds, forums, wikis, podcasting, e-learning) as well as freelance journalism, writing, and editing. She runs myriad workshops and seminars, and also coaches people who seek to discover their ideal writing process. Her clients include the Natl. Governor’s Assoc., Eastman Kodak, Zondervan, the United Nations Food & Agriculture Org., and the Natl. School Boards Assoc. She tends to annoy and inspire people in equal proportions.

She’s the editor of CONTENTIOUS, which was a blog well before they had a name for that sort of publishing. She’s also a co-founder of I, Reporter, a new venture to inspire, guide, and train citizen journalists and the news professionals who work with them. She contributes to the Poynter Institute’s group weblog E-Media Tidbits. For more than 15 years she’s worked with the Soc. of Environmental Journalists in various capacities, including a stint on their board. They just can’t get rid of her.

OK, I’m not expecting to please everyone with that, but it is very authentic and I think it makes all my main points. Plus, it indicates that my talks and workshops are a lot of fun. I wouldn’t do them if they weren’t.

How does it strike you?

THE SHORT VERSION

I was just asked to whittle my bio down to 150 words for one conference I’ve been asked to present at. So here’s that version:

Amy Gahran is a content strategist and info-provocateur (seriously, that’s what her card says) based in Boulder, CO. Since 1997 she’s worked independently, managing content projects and helping individuals, media, and organizations contribute to the public conversation.

A former full-time journalist, editor, and managing editor, Amy’s work involves online media (sites, blogs, feeds, forums, wikis, podcasting, e-learning) as well as freelance journalism, writing, editing, and coaching. She loves running workshops and seminars. Her clients include the Natl. Governor’s Assoc., Eastman Kodak, Zondervan, the United Nations Food & Agriculture Org., and the Natl. School Boards Assoc.

She’s the editor of CONTENTIOUS and co-founder of I, Reporter, a new citizen journalism training venture. She contributes to Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits group weblog. For more than 15 years she’s worked with the Soc. of Environmental Journalists in various capacities, including a stint on their board. They just can’t get rid of her.

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  1. I like it.

    The one addition would be a URL for those who are curious about the usual stuff: education, work samples, memberships, hobbies, whatever.

    Do llamas really go as far south as Tierra del Fuego? The Andes might be a better bet.