As the CEO/ED of Hack the Hood, much of the writing I do now are pitch decks, reports, grants, board updates, and storytelling for my organization. But I am a passionate writer, and hope to start blogging regularly in 2018.
Much of my previous writing has been related to my teaching, consulting and media/news/civic engagement interests. Projects I am proud of include:
Oakland Local, 2009-2015; co-founded with Kwan Booth snd Amy Gahran, Oakland Local was a leader in hyperlocal news, in Oakland, CA.
Social Media and Tools for News, a self-directed course for The Poynter Institute
Creating your social media strategy, a webinar series for Poynter
A number of workshops posted on SlideShare, particularly those on working with Google Analytics
A series of workshops and presentations done with the Knight Digital Media Center: http://www.knightdigitalmediacenter.org/speakers/name/susan_mernit/
Likes & Tweets, Social Media for News Sites, produced for J-Lab’s Knight Community News Network
Writing is at my core
I’ve always been a writer–professionally, in the early days–and then as an avocation, on the side. For several years,I blogged regularly at Susan Mernit’s Blog and am a contributing editing with weekly posts for BlogHer on Sex and Relationships. In an earlier life I wrote features for magazines and for the living section of the NYTimes.
Some favorite personal essays that I wrote for BlogHer, as a sex and relationships editor, back in the day:
- How can I ditch thee? Let me count the ways
- The Renovation Relationship
- So, would you date a bisexual guy?
- Masturbation: Does your partner know you masturbate?
- I don’t want to get married. Been there. Done that. Got the t-shirt(and the kid)
- My love for Patty Smith: Or, sex, gender, androgyny and freedom
- Not choosing monogamy, why exclusivity doesn’t matter
- (All my blogher posts are listed here.)
I am also proud of this talk on blogging, sexual identity and privacy Viviane and I did at Arse Electronika: Avoiding the Emily Gould Effect: Blogging, transparency & oversharing.
I was once a dedicated poet, and after not writing for many years, started writing again. But I’m not sharing. Not yet.