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Content marketing specialist

About Me

I started my professional career as a radio advertising producer, but I've since taken to writing full-time—and I love it.

My specialty is taking complex or dry subject material and turning it into something that anyone can understand without sacrificing accuracy or utility. Working earlier with multi-sensor pipeline inspection (complex!) and presently with home insurance (dry!), I've been in writing-focused marketing roles for years.

I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication at Royal Roads University in 2021, working part-time on school while maintaining full-time employment. Since then, I've used my newfound free time to branch out into occasional freelance work.

I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, the province in which I was also born. I've lived in BC all my life, except for a couple of years in New Zealand. I'm an avid hiker and camper, and I love cooking. I spend leisure time at home reading, watching hockey, playing video games, and trying to get plants to grow in our dim apartment. I love immersing myself in my hobbies and learning everything I possibly can about subjects that interest me.

Industries I Write About

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My Writing Samples

Dealing with noise complaints and disturbances

A comprehensive guide to dealing with noisy neighbours for homeowners, condo owners, landlords, and tenants. Though the piece is long, it draws a lot of organic traffic and people stick around to read it.

https://www.squareone.ca/resource-centres/homeowner/noise-complaints-and-disturbances

26 questions to ask before buying your first house

A comprehensive list of questions a prospective homeowner should ask themselves before they take the plunge and buy their first home.

https://www.squareone.ca/resource-centres/home-buying-selling-moving/buying-house-questions

The Insurance Glossary

An ambitious project. Dozens of detailed definitions for insurance terms, meant to be as accessible as possible to an audience that's new to home insurance. I wrote the original 60+ entries, and add new ones on a regular basis. It's one of the most popular resources on Square One's website.

https://www.squareone.ca/resource-centres/insurance-glossary

Camping at Joffre Lakes

A blog post detailing what it was like to visit and stay overnight at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park near Vancouver, BC.

https://shazmodius.com/hiking-camping/camping-at-joffre-lakes/

Fee simple ownership guide

A guide to what fee simple ownership is in Canada, and how it works.

https://www.squareone.ca/resource-centres/homeowner/fee-simple-ownership

Getting to know wood floors

A comprehensive guide to hardwood floors in the home. Includes a rundown of different types of wood, different styles, and how to choose the right floors for different homes and lifestyles.

https://www.squareone.ca/resource-centres/getting-to-know-your-home/wood-flooring

Dog breeds and home insurance

A thorough explainer on the subject of why home insurance providers want to know about dogs that live in insured homes.

https://www.squareone.ca/resource-centres/insurance-basics/dogs-home-insurance

23 fabulous ideas for decorating your outdoor kitchen

One of many interior-design focused pieces. A popular article showcasing multiple ideas and how-to steps for designing a lavish outdoor dining and cooking space.

https://www.squareone.ca/resource-centres/interior-design/outdoor-kitchen-ideas

Variable vs. fixed-rate mortgages

An in-depth explanation of the differences between variable and fixed-rate mortgages, including how a prospective homeowner should choose between the two.

https://www.squareone.ca/resource-centres/home-buying-selling-moving/fixed-vs-variable-mortages

Voices in Our Heads: Why Podcast Listenership is Exploding Among Young Demographics

An academic paper exploring why podcast listenership is so prevalent among certain demographics.

https://shazmodius.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/VoicesInOurHeads-ResearchPaper.pdf

Experience

Content Marketing Specialist

As Square One's Content Marketing Specialist, I write SEO-optimized content for the company's website—content that pulls a lot of organic traffic. We cover a wide range of topics that appeal to homeowners and renters, including home maintenance, interior design, and of course: insurance. Aside from content writing, I also write scripts for Square One's quickly growing YouTube channel and help out with reviewing copy wherever I'm needed.

Company: Square One Insurance Services

I worked there from 8/2019 until now

Operations & Marketing Coordinator

SewerVUE was a small startup company occupying an incredibly specific niche. I was delighted to contribute to the company's ambitions by writing technical papers and reports, both for clients and for marketing efforts. I loved the challenge of distilling complex technical concepts into copy that experts and laypeople alike could understand—without sacrificing the nuance of SewerVUE's unique offering in the wastewater pipeline inspection realm.

Company: SewerVUE Technology Corp.

I worked there from 8/2017 until 7/2019

Content I Write