Are you looking for original, high-quality content for your website, blog, or publication? I’m Abby Quillen, and I deliver content that makes readers hit the share button. I’ve had the pleasure of working for various top-level clients over the past three years, including Eldis Group, Quill, Sales Force, Petco, and Northwest Pharmacy. My articles have been republished by dozens of publications, and they inspire high engagement on all of the major social media platforms. (One of my articles has been pinned 336,000 times on Pinterest!)
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It probably won’t surprise most vegetable gardeners that insects outnumber humans many millions of times over. While some insects can be beneficial for certain plants, gardeners are all too familiar with the destruction of many tiny crawly critters.
Fortunately, nature offers plenty of non-toxic ways to discourage and manage detrimental insects. The following six steps can help a gardener reduce pest problems without toxic chemicals. Remember: Prevention is always the first and best line of attack.
Bad news: Your employees may not be that into you (or your company). According to a 2015 Gallup poll, only 32 percent of employees are engaged at work, meaning they feel passionate about their jobs, are committed to the organization, and put effort into their work.
It probably goes without saying, but employees’ engagement levels directly impact a company’s customers and bottom line. Companies with the highest employee engagement have 10 percent higher customer ratings. Furthermore, “companies with highly engaged workforces outperform their peers by $147 in earnings per share,” according to Gallup’s research.
Podcasting can help you build authority and credibility in your field and it’s an unbeatable way to connect directly to your customers. Many entrepreneurs, including Jon Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire and Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income, attribute their success to the medium. Moreover, it may be the perfect time to add podcasting to your marketing toolbox because it’s not yet as oversaturated as other channels. According to a recent Social Examiner survey, only 10 per cent of companies podcast, but 26 per cent of companies plan to increase their use of podcasting in the next year.
However, if you’re used to written communication, podcasting may require some new skills, such as delving into topics at greater length and developing thoughts on the fly without as much room for editing. Read on to learn how to prepare to podcast and make sure you have enough to say to keep your audience’s attention.
While binders were invented more than a century ago, they’re still as useful and versatile as ever. Put them to work to make your classroom a more effective, organized, and active learning environment.
- Food and Drink
Beer is taking its rightful place alongside wine at the dinner table, as the craft beer movement explodes across the country. However, with more than 3,000 microbreweries serving more than 100 styles of ale, finding the perfect brew for a meal can be a daunting task.
Pairing beer and food doesn’t have to be overwhelming. There are tricks to finding a mouth-watering food-and-suds combo, as well as some tried-and-true matches. Besides, experimenting is half the fun, and it’s hard to go wrong with craft beer. The first step is to taste beer, and that means paying attention the methods of a professional beer taster or trained Cicerone (an expert in serving and pairing beer).
Americans consume 9.4 billion gallons of alcoholic beverages a year: 87 percent beer, 8 percent wine, and the rest spirits. The environmental impact of producing, packaging, and selling all those beverages could make an environmentalist reach for a drink. Breweries and wineries consume large quantities of water, raw materials, and other natural resources.
But there’s good news: Green beer is no longer something people drink just on Saint Patrick’s Day. With the rise of the craft beer movement and growing consumer interest in local and sustainable food, more breweries and wineries are working to reduce the beverage industry’s environmental footprint. As a result, it’s easier to stock the home bar with sustainable, organic brews.
Biking is an unbeatable way to get around town. With the annual cost of car ownership and maintenance estimated at $8,698 a year, traveling by bike can save families big bucks.1 It’s also associated with better overall health.2 And it benefits the planet’s health by preventing carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, greenhouse gasses, and other auto emissions from spewing into the environment.3 But above all, it’s fun.
Unfortunately, many new parents hang up their helmets because biking with young kids can feel overwhelming. (Okay, just leaving the house with young kids can feel overwhelming.) But with the right setup and a little know how, biking can be an enjoyable and safe way for parents to shuttle kids to run errands and go to parks, preschool, and school. Read on to discover what you need to know to make family biking safe and fun.
Leonardo da Vinci called the human foot “a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” This complex structure contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 120 muscles, ligaments, and nerves. Our feet carry the weight of our bodies for thousands of steps each day.
Not surprisingly, the feet are some of the most commonly injured parts of the body. About 75 percent of Americans will experience foot pain during their lifetimes.1 Moreover, foot problems can cause a chain reaction to rise up the body, that can lead to knee, hip, and back pain. Some foot pain is caused by various medical conditions, such as diabetes, gout, and arthritis but most are completely preventable. Keep reading to learn how to keep your feet and lower body healthy, so that you can stay mobile and vital.
When you think about exercise, does it always mean pounding the pavement, sprinting around a racquetball court, cycling at extreme speeds, or doing some other intense workout? If so, it may be time to slow down your exercise routine – at least some of the time.
Slow exercise practices such as qigong, yoga, and tai chi have been touted for thousands of years. Modern studies show they can have incredible benefits, including stronger muscles, improved cardiovascular health, better immune function, and more.
Read on to learn why and how a slow exercise practice may benefit you, especially if you tend to hurry through other things. Then learn about some traditional and modern slow exercise techniques, plus tips to maximize the benefits of slow movement.
Many of our city parks are going to the dogs – literally. There are already about 1,200 off-leash dog parks in the United States. That number is growing rapidly, with an increase of 20 percent between 2010 and 2015 alone.
It’s no wonder. Nearly 57 million American households include a canine family member, and dog parks are a great place to let pooches play, run unleashed, and socialize. Many dogs love dog parks. What better spot for people to meet like-minded dog lovers and do a little dog watching?
I’m an expert in multiple formats, including:
- Deep-dive content articles
- Feature articles
- Short articles
- Infographic copy
- Blog posts
- Book reviews
- Website copy
- Social media updates
For more writing samples, check out my portfolio page.
Nicole McDermott, Communications Editor at Ghergich and Company
I’ve worked with Abby regularly for more than a year and half. In that time, she has written for a number of our clients. I can rely on her to pick up on each outlet’s audience, style, and voice with ease. She can switch from client to client without hesitation and deliver clean, well-researched copy with zero careless mistakes—which makes her an editor’s dream.
Abby consistently produces interesting, thought-provoking, and entertaining articles. She is an idea machine and provides clear and thoughtful pitches, even with very little notice. When it comes to visual assets, Abby has a great sense of our design style and knows exactly what—and how much—copy will suit each illustration.
Abby is one of my very favorite writers to work with. She’s always open to discuss edits and make any changes in an extremely timely manner. If you need a writer, contact her. She makes my job an absolute breeze and will no doubt do the same for any other editor.”
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