New member intro!
My name is Blessing Ajaero, and I'm a recent college graduate. I have a variety of interests: social justice activism and education are integral to my character. I love to read, write, sing, act, proofread, copy edit, design graphics, manipulate photos, take photos, cook, bake, make jewelry, listen to and create music & podcasts, and spend time with my friends.
I have a wide variety of skills and talents suited for various roles. I'm persnickety with grammar and syntax, so I proofread and copy edit fastidiously, to the annoyance of my friends. Though I pay due respect to MLA, APA, and AP styles and align my work with style guides meticulously, I can easily switch between Standard American English and more informal dialects, and I know when it's logical to put aesthetics before linguistics.
Given a topic and some time, I write on and read about a wide variety of concepts, but I have some special interests that I return to again and again. My hobbies, obviously, give me much fodder. I also like current events: I have a BA in communications with a concentration in journalism, so I track the local and global news, paying particular attention to humanitarian, social justice, and environmental causes. I care a lot about my identities and the plight of my fellow vulnerable, oppressed, marginalized, and disenfranchised peoples, and I enjoy researching and amplifying the stories of those whose voices have been suppressed.
Serious issues and political news are important to me, but I also like to dwell on fun, fluffy topics, like the great pineapple on pizza debate, or discourse over the right way to eat cereal: milk first, cereal first, or just eat it dry? I find surreal, dadaist antics and complicated wordplay-based whimsy funny, but I'm also enamored with the inherent humor of the humble knock-knock joke or the dad-joke-worthy bad pun. Both hot-millennial-mess banter and refined, put-together witticisms are well within my wheelhouse.
On top of everything, I also have experience with administrative work: I’m a virtual assistant for a few websites, two of which I designed myself, and I run my own website. Offline, I’m currently temping as a front desk administrator, and I’m also the secretary for my family’s staffing agency, both of which mean I put a lot of work into scheduling, typing up and processing payroll, ordering supplies, and otherwise making sure things run smoothly behind the scenes.
My blog and portfolio are hosted on my website, blessingajaero.com, and my upcoming projects are listed here.