nDash.co is a content creation platform that provides brands and agencies with access to the world's top freelance writers.

nDash Writer Profile for Ashley Qualls

Ashley Qualls

Headline

Consulting, Copywriting, Marketing, Design, Development

About Me

Medium.com/@ashleyqualls Autoimmune advocate and writer. (SickNotDead.com / Medium.com/@ashleyqualls) Editor-In-Chief for LuckySoul (MyLuckySoul.com) Freelance writer, designer, social media marketer, online entrepreneur. Web/Marketing specialist. Expert in web design (HTML, CSS), graphic design (Adobe Creative Suite). (10+ years) Specialties: Branding and Identity (Brand Strategy), Graphic Design, Web Design, Communication and Connectivity with Audience, Teen Branding, Tween Branding, Social Media Community Management, Internet Marketing, SEO, Technical Writing, SEO Writing, Facebook/Twitter Branding & Marketing, Pinterest Marketing, Tumblr Marketing Received awards: (Detroit) Crain’s Top 20 in their 20’s (2008), NAWBO Top 10 Business Women in Michigan (2009) http://www.ashleyqualls.com

Industries I Write About

Design

Find writers and ideas in this industry

Newspapers

Find writers and ideas in this industry

Computer Games

Find writers and ideas in this industry

E-learning

Find writers and ideas in this industry

Graphic Design

Find writers and ideas in this industry

My Writing Samples

I Lost My Business, Home, and Everything Between — Today Is a “Good” Day, but Autoimmune Is Forever.

Today I woke feeling a bit like my old self. Well, just about 60% of my old self. I call these days “miracles”. I am typing, so that’s something. Life, well it just isn’t what it once was. Not with autoimmune. I can still remember my first office: pink walls, robot stickers and “design fests” that would keep me up for days on end. I launched WhateverLife.com, a popular website for its time. We were proud of our stats: 3–4 million pageviews a day with 300,000 unique visitors daily coming to learn HTML, CSS, and how to get more creative with tools and programs. Coding, designing, traveling for shows and interviews — I was up for anything at any time. Going out with friends on a whim? I was in. Hanging out to have drinks and a long night? I never missed it. New collaborations and projects? Couldn’t turn them down. I was alive, I enjoyed life, and I wanted to grab it by the balls. Every. Single. Day. This was me. Was me. And that is still difficult to accept today. But, as my best friend and I say, “We soldier on.” I remember losing my business, losing my house, my miscarriage, and moving on (as best as I could). I wrote for years as a freelancer and ended up settling in one apartment after another to find that “home” again. I had dreams and aspirations — but something just wasn’t right with my body. In 2015, I took on a position at an awesome startup in downtown Detroit. I was determined to push aside the physical manifestations of whatever this was. I was lucky enough to essentially have my own bathroom, where I spent plenty of my time getting sick, sweating profusely, reapplying my makeup, and putting a smile back on my face. But my symptoms progressed and some days I found myself unable to get out of bed, working at home. After all, I wanted to be my old self. And I tried. And failed, again. In The Beginning In 2009 I began experiencing gastrointestinal issues and I was unable to eat properly. When I tried, I was instantly nauseous and vomiting everything (TMI: down to the bile) as I clung to a toilet most of my days. This was my own personal hell, a state I thought was truly inescapable. “Stress,” everyone said. I denied it. I purchased books on anatomy, the brain, autoimmune disorders, and adrenal/pituitary function. “What is the matter with my body?!” I’d think to myself. I began accepting that maybe it was stress. I was stressed, but hated the fact that maybe, just maybe, this was the cause of all of my problems. Cue meditation, teas, vitamins, and strict dietary regimens to reduce the chances of any pitfalls I might face. None of this seemed to stop what was happening to me. Doctors took my blood. My gynecologist reassured me with some giggles that my thyroid levels were fine and I was perfectly normal. Was I crazy? Was I imagining what was happening to my body? Was this psychosomatic? Everyone knows their body, I thought. I knew something was amiss. In my new apartment(s), I went through periods of vomiting for days., which led to hospital visits for fluids and potassium. Colonoscopies, stomach biopsies, and emergency procedures to have throat abscesses cut. I’ve also been treated for edema in my left leg and foot (which has now spread to my right). Was it my heart? Blood clots? Something is obviously wrong with me. All I received in return is “Your blood work looks fine. You’re young. You’ll be okay!” or “Look, if there was something wrong with you, we’d treat you for it.” Thanks ER doctor #39287. Being dismissed was my enemy. I despised the feeling that I was unheard. This pushed my mental state to an even lower level. Some days, I couldn’t function. I was so tired and my focus and memory had all but disappeared.

https://medium.com/@ashleyqualls/i-lost-my-business-home-and-everything-between-today-is-a-good-day-but-autoimmune-is-forever-9d884937fce9

I Just Ordered Pizza With Dogecoin - Are Cryptocurrencies More Valuable Than We Think?

How small cryptocurrencies such as DogeCoin are making a big splash in today's tech-forward society.

https://medium.com/@ashleyqualls/i-just-ordered-pizza-with-dogecoin-are-cryptocurrencies-more-valuable-than-we-think-9252ffecd5c3

Experience

Founder

Sick Not Dead is for those who are in search of help and resources along with a safe place to vent, share their stories, and to feel just a little less alone. In addition to providing a community for anyone who is suffering from autoimmune, chronic illness, depression, and anxiety, Sick Not Dead was also created for friends and family members of those who have been afflicted with any of these. Because it can be tremendously stressful and difficult to understand what we may be going through, I wanted this site to share a bit more insight, resources, and helpful tips to help everyone involve cope just a bit better.

Company: SickNotDead

I worked there from 4/2016 until now

Editor in Chief

Lucky Soul is an inspirational brand that grants wishes and miracles for kids in need. Our mission is to change people's lives, one smile at a time. Community manager and editor/curator of various content and site direction. Social media marketing management. SEO optimization. Promotional management and direction to raise funds for various charities.

Company: Lucky Soul

I worked there from 7/2016 until now

Web Content Writer

Provides web and SEO-friendly content for various brands, blogs, and new websites worldwide. Available for private hire.

Company: Writer Access

I worked there from 6/2014 until now

Freelance writer, designer and marketing consultant

Freelance writing, blogging, SEO, graphic/web design, and internet marketing. I specialize in social media and staying current with the latest trends in advertisements, technology, products, fashion and upcoming brands.

Company: Self-Employed

I worked there from 6/2009 until now

Social Media Strategist/Creative Director

We help students ensure their social media profiles and related online content are optimized for college and graduate school admissions as well as internships and employment. The Social U scans and grades public social media profiles of students and individuals seeking internships, scholarships and potential employment opportunities for questionable and offensive content, generating a digital "Social GPA" report card for students, parents and counselors alike. The Social U helps you be the BEST you online. Responsibilities: Brand development Marketing strategy development (traffic/community expansion) PPC campaign manager/strategist Content marketing Social media marketing Graphic/Web design Content production Customer service Tech Support

Company: The Social U

I worked there from 4/2015 until 4/2016

CEO

Branding and identity of company and website Responsible for growth from 100 visitors to 250,000-360,000 daily in 12 months Page views from 1000 to 2-3 million per day within 12 months Revenue growth from 0% to nearing seven figures within 12 months Managed finances and hiring & training of employees Responsible for brand voice Built from the ground up, WhateverLife.com was not only one of the leading content resource websites on the web, but was also one of the largest online communities for teenage girls for its time. At its peak, WhateverLife received more than 4M page views daily and received media attention from outlets including CNN, Forbes, Fast Company and even ABC's The View among others.

Company: WhateverLife, Inc.

I worked there from 8/2005 until 1/2013

Content I Write