My writing has expanded over the years. Often as a result of opportunities that arose because of my personal blogging. Below are links starting with my first blog and ending with more recent freelance writing work.
+ + +
In 2006, I created my personal blog, Anali’s First Amendment, where I wrote new content several times a week about life, food and current events. Named a “must read food blog,” it’s filled with recipes, restaurant reviews and food stories. Food isn’t just fuel. It’s an experience. Trying new recipes and writing about food is a joy. I’ve been taking pictures of my food since long before the term “food blogger” existed. I love to bake and help others find their own “inner baker” too.
But the blog wasn’t just about food. Readers discovered the beauty, fun and diversity of Boston-area living while catching up on current events from a local perspective. For two years, I used the blog and other social media networks to raise money and awareness about The Arc – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support they need.
LegalZoom is an online service that helps small businesses and consumers create their own legal documents, from creating a will, incorporating a business, to trademarking a name and more. From 2009 – 2015, I wrote articles for their website. Articles include: Social Media and the Law – 5 Things You Need to Know, The Value of a Trademark, Copyright Basics and 5 Ways to Become More Innovative. I wrote blog posts from 2013 – 2015 as well.
BlogHer is an online community platform focused on women bloggers. In 2009, I wrote an article analyzing copyright and trademark issues involved in the Jessica Seinfeld cookbook case. The article was to help promote my participation in a panel discussion called “Protecting Yourself and Your Work,” which was part of the Vocation Track at the 2009 BlogHer Food conference held in San Francisco. In 2010, my previously published essay “Are Food Bloggers Negotiating Opportunities?” was syndicated on the BlogHer website.
In October 2010, AOL launched its City’s Best program, providing a guide to the best local food, entertainment and lifestyle options in 25 major U.S. cities. From 2010 to 2011, I wrote articles about the latest in food, dining, and lifestyle in the Boston area. I interviewed business owners and staff in order to write business descriptions for the voting portion of the website. I also took pictures and/or sourced photos from Flickr with proper licensing. Some articles included: tips on decorating your Thanksgiving table, dining out on Thanksgiving and learning about and buying Xanthan Gum.
In 2010, I created an online monthly newsletter called SOLSTICE, which was an offshoot of my personal blog. Here are archived issues for: July, August and September. The topics covered were: Eat, Learn, Comfort, Karma and Playing Dorothy. I shared links to new recipes, pending legislation, items for the home, worthy nonprofit organizations and stories about interesting places from a local perspective.
AfterSteps is an online end-of-life planning platform. In 2011, I wrote blog posts about topics including: pet trusts, estate planning for same sex couples, estate planning for agribusiness and the digital footprints that we leave behind.
Founded in 2011, Kwanzaa Culinarians is a group of food bloggers of African descent collaborating together to share recipes and stories. We celebrate Kwanzaa and recognize food-related influencers within Kwanzaa’s principles of supporting the African diaspora community. As one of the organizers, I contacted bloggers all over the world to contribute blog posts and made sure that the posts were published on schedule. In 2011 , 2012, 2014 and 2015, I also contributed my own blog posts.
In 2011, I wrote a feature article called “Space Savers: A Pair of Brothers Live and Breathe Tiny Houses” for South Shore Living , a monthly print publication which reflects the lifestyle, interests and activities of the Boston area’s South Shore. The article profiled Derek “Deek” Diedricksen and his brother Dustin, who live in Massachusetts and are pioneers in the tiny house movement. A pdf of the article can be seen here.
AAA Horizons Magazine is the official monthly print publication for AAA Southern New England members in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. The magazines keep members informed about new services, AAA partners, travel news, including travel destinations and little known places to explore and discover in their own backyard. From 2011 to 2012, I wrote three articles and supplied photographs for AAA Horizons Magazine. While visiting the New Bedford Art Museum, Buttonwood Zoo and the New Bedford Whaling Museum, I interviewed staff and took pictures.
MOTT is the state agency that promotes Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination. In 2013, I wrote a post for the agency’s blog called 3 Simple Ways to Enjoy A Day in Boston. For their Wicked Free Summer Fun series in 2015, I wrote about free yoga classes in the Boston area.
In 2014, as part of a “50 Cities 50 Hashes” blogger event, I was chosen to represent Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island to help promote the cookbook “Hashcapades” written by author Clark Haass. I wrote up blog posts reviewing my restaurant meals in each city. I ate chicken hash in Boston and sweet potato hash in Providence. The blog posts were published on the Hashcapades blog.
After writing blog posts about income tax issues relevant to food bloggers on my personal blog for several years, I was hired by Limitless Publishing in 2014 to write a food blogging tax guide for their website at Foodblogger.org. Food Blogger was a system of online learning modules that helped food bloggers improve their blogging skills and learn how to better monetize their blogs. The guide was part of the course, “Get Paid To Eat & Travel” and was geared to someone new to the idea of food blogging as a small business. It gave specific examples of income tax deductions particularly relevant to food bloggers. The course included multiple detailed scenarios designed to help laypeople understand complicated income tax rules.
In 2014, I wrote an article for the Business section of the website for The Atlantic. The article called “Am I Not My Brother’s Keeper?” provides an in-depth analysis of The Family and Medical Leave Act’s failure to cover siblings. This particular issue has not been covered widely, so the article kept with the publication’s mission that “seeks to illuminate ideas that are new, fresh—and first.”
The Broad Side
In 2015, I wrote a piece called “Little White Lies: Can You Choose Your Race?” giving my opinion on Rachel Dolezal. The Broad Side is a digital magazine dedicated to the best opinion commentary and original reporting by women from around the web.
In October 2015, I became a contributing writer for Craving Boston, a new WGBH food blog exploring the deep connection between the New England region and its cuisine. I wrote several articles for them through the summer of 2016.