About Blue Zebra Media
Some people are writers by chance, some by circumstance, and some by necessity. I am a writer by birth. My history is similar to that of many innate writers—I've been scribbling stories, essays, poetry, and journal entries ever since I was able.
With a BA in English and a minor in history, I've written everything from newspaper and magazine articles to press releases, web content, and custom content to essays, columns, and newsletters. I have been an editorial columnist for my local newspaper and have done freelance work there as well. Although I happily write about any subject, my specialties are health, agriculture, security, history, parenting, and family issues.
I cut my teeth in the world of agriculture by writing for The Farm Forum, the leading agricultural publication in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. Soon, I found myself carving a niche in this field, writing pieces for publications such as Massey Ferguson Today, AGCO Advantage, Farm Journal, Farm Industry News and Feed Lot Magazine.
I published my first big health piece in Parenting Magazine, which was subsequently placed on CNN.com. I've also written or copyedited for The Christian Science Monitor, Ancestry.com, About.com, TWINS Magazine, Security Magazine, CSO Online, HealthTrust, DualDiagnosis.org, Rehab-International.org, MentalHealthTreatment.net, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Motherhood, and others. I blogged for Psychology Today, have written essays for the secondary school English portion of the ACT Test, and have two essays in the relationship anthology Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart: 28 Stories of Love, Loss & Everything in Between. Before my kids demanded that I stop writing about them publicly, I also blogged frequently about parenting at Parenting By Trial and Error, and I even designed the site myself.
I have experience with content marketing through writing for Menards, Foundation Recovery Network, AGCO and Massey Ferguson. I understand the importance of improving both trust and revenue through creative, informational content and good storytelling.
Along with my freelance writing and editing business, I'm the Business, Marketing, and Advertising Manager for LOGIA, a theological journal. I edit and proofread print and web materials as well and am familiar with a variety of platforms and apps.
The Story Behind the Name
When I was somewhere between seven and eight years old, I inherited these one-piece blue and white striped footie pajamas from my younger-but-taller cousin. They even had the flap over the bottom with two buttons. Truthfully, I looked like an old-time blue and white jailbird, but my dad started calling me "Blue Zebra" from that day on. The name got shortened to "Zeebie" and finally "Zeeb" by the time I was a teenager, but it will always be my childhood nickname, a name that brings back memories of playgrounds with twisty slides and my dad chasing me around with a can of slime; of family gatherings with my cousins and hours of swimming with my sisters; and of a time when my worst problem was my mom making me wear a dress to school once a week.
Picture to come, as soon as I dig said pajamas out of my attic.