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Canaan Merchant

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Technical Writer and Freelance Blogger

About Me

Freelance blogger interested in cities, travel, and technology. Writing for Greater Greater Washington ("Best Local Blog, 2015" Washingtonian Magazine) since 2013.


Industries I Write About

Leisure & Travel

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Real Estate

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Architecture & Planning

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Transportation/Trucking/Railroad

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My Writing Samples

Commutes are longer for DC Residents East of the River

Analysis of why poorer residents in DC have longer commutes.

https://ggwash.org/view/62367/commutes-take-longer-for-district-residents-east-of-the-anacostia-rive

Can Alexandria Breathe New Life into a Dead Mall?

Article about redeveloping a former mall space in Alexandria, Virginia.

https://ggwash.org/view/62004/landmark-mall-redevelopment-might-begin-this-year

Richmond now has Bikeshare

An overview of the new Bicycle Sharing system in Richmond, Virginia.

https://ggwash.org/view/64628/richmond-now-has-bikeshare

Experience

Technical Writer

Develop policies, guidance, and handbook for US Customs and Border Protection Employees. Assist with the creation and distribution of CBP Forms and publications. Create and maintain the information architecture. Produce high-quality documentation that meets applicable standards and is appropriate for its intended audience. Write easy-to-understand user-interface text, online help, and developer guides. Create tutorials to help end-users use a variety of applications.

Company: Civility Management Solutions

I worked there from 11/2016 until now

Contributor

• Write engaging, informative, and persuasive posts for website. Voted “best local website” by Washingtonian Magazine in 2015 • Work with editor and editorial team to ensure quality work. • Research official documents and papers and reach out to government officials for questions and clarification.

Company: Greater Greater Washington

I worked there from 3/2013 until now

Ideas and Pitches I Wrote

Take the train to Roanoke Virginia

Train service is coming back this fall to Roanoke Virginia. That makes this mountain town the perfect getaway for people in the North East Corridor who want an escape that doesn't require a flight or a long drive. It's a perfect match for the home of the Virginia Museum of Transportation or you can visit a museum dedicated to pinball machines. And there are great nearby hikes as well including majestic McAffee Knob.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: travel,train,amtrak,roanoke,virginia,museums,weekend,northeast corridor

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Traveling with a baby is fun. Trust me.

Hear me out, traveling with a baby can be fun and enriching. Though it can come with unique challenges the idea that one must stay tied down to their home once baby arrives means you can miss a lot of great opportunities. I will use my own example of traveling to the UK and Ireland with my wife and baby to talk about tips and tricks to make any trip smooth sailing.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: babymoon,travel,family,kids

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Real estate and housing available near SunRail.

Looking at new housing opportunities near Sun Rail stations. Helping people who may want to find the space they need in or outside Orlando without having to worry about a commute stuck in traffic on I-4.

Content type: Article

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