It’s been suggested to me that, since most of my readers aren’t people that I know personally, I might consider fleshing out my bio and my “expertise” a bit more on this blog. Apparently I am an enigma.
Taking that advice into account (see, I can follow directions), I’ve updated (and greatly expanded) the “About Me” section. Don’t want to bother clicking over? Here’s what you need to know.
I’m Maggie. I bake cakes. Thus the name. (Yeah, I know, really creative…) Also, I do some other things. Namely: biking; blogging, lurking, and surfing online; reading; and hanging out on bars, coffee shops, and libraries in Akron, OH. (I can walk to the library, Chipotle, and a locally owned coffee shop from my apartment. As one of my friends says, “She lives in the gay neighborhood – that’s how you know it’s good.”)
Want a little more of a CV? Hoping that I have some authority for all my opinions? This will probably disappoint, but here it is.
I’m from an awesome, giant Irish Catholic family from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. (You’ll see a lot of references to my family here, I’m not sure how they feel about that, but they’re a big part of my life, so there you go.) I attended Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College (HTC) where I majored in Political Science and minored in History. HTC’s a great program that encouraged me to follow my passions and to study what interested me, whether it was in the standard course selections or not. (With me, generally that was “not”.) Under the direction of my wonderful advisor, Dr. Judith Grant, I wrote my thesis on (“The branding of Harry Potter : how fan fiction is challenging concepts of owner and author”) the interactions between fans and brands on the Internet and the frictions that can arise as those nexuses. (Depending on the audience, I’ll explain my thesis a lot of different ways – “I wrote about death of the author”, “I wrote about Internet branding”, “I wrote about fanfiction”, “I wrote about Harry Potter porn” – strangely, all these things are true.) While in college, I ran political campaigns (I think I was the only person to attend College Republicans, College Democrats, and Students for a Democratic Society meetings) and participated in, and then ran, a study abroad program that placed students in internships with the Welsh National Assembly.
For the last few years, I’ve worked at Community Legal Aid, a non-profit organization, doing volunteer and website management, communications, development, and outreach work. As I explain it, you know how in Law & Order they say, “You have a right to an attorney, if you can’t afford one, one will be appointed for you”? (Yes, I know, it’s a Miranda Warning, but I can tie anything to Law & Order.) Well, that’s only for criminal cases. If you’re husband’s abusing you, your landlord’s trying to evict you, or the bank’s foreclosing on your house, if you can’t afford an attorney, too bad. And that’s where Legal Aid comes in. We (even though I don’t work there any more, I still say we), help poor and elderly people with civil legal disputes; we provide community education, pro se (self help) materials, teach classes, and represent clients though traditional attorney client relationships. Legal Aid was great. It was a job, but it was also a place I grew up. I’d highly encourage people of all political stripes to support the mission. After all, everyone (regardless of their ability to hire an attorney) is (or should be) equal under the law.
Recently, I became Marketing Coordinator at Rea & Associates, a top 100 CPA, headquartered in New Philadelphia, Ohio. At Rea, I’m working on social media and search engine optimization and also coaching some of the business segments on sales plans and goals. I’m hoping to become the Excel god of the office, but we’ll see — I’m just mastering pivot tables. I recently joined the Association for Accounting Marketing and hope to get involved with their leadership.
This blog is something that I do in my spare time. I try for every night, but that’s not really happening. You may (okay, you will) see typos and some things that probably don’t make that much sense. I usually talk about things that are new in culture or social media, but sometimes write about things that I just can’t seem to get out of my head. (Have any suggestions that you’d like to see me write about? Comment or shoot me an e-mail.)
So, that’s me – Maggie O’Toole. Or, at least it’s who I am right now. This “about me” section will probably change fairly often, so check back. Want to learn more? Find me on Facebook or LinkedIn or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.