Angela L. Allen, of WickedWriter.com, has been creating content for online clients since 1999 and has been blogging since 2000.
Before launching her online business, Angela’s early career included positions as a managing editor of a small newspaper, a political campaign media coordinator, a public relations consultant, and the coordinator for a regional cancer program, including fundraising and events.
Her first blog (circa 1999) was little more than an anonymous online journal chronicling the trials and tribulations of buying a 25-acre swath of woods in the depths of Casey County, Kentucky with the insane notion that she could build a mile-long road through the woods, clear a spot in the center, build a tiny cabin by hand, and create a business that would allow her to write for a living — all while raising three young children solo.
In 2002, she changed the name of her fledgling micropreneur business to launch her “Wicked” brand and successfully niched her business to provide web content creation and online marketing services. She grew the business to serve clients in 28 states and seven foreign countries.
She started business blogging in 2004. As an early advocate of the benefits of blogging (particularly for real estate), she began helping clients develop and maintain their own business blogs in 2006. That was also the year she renamed her online journal WickedBlog.com, came out from behind the curtain of anonymity, and launched it as an independent blog.
In 2010, she introduced LivingSmall.com, a URL she had secured in 2003 to create a special-interest blog devoted to the topics of voluntary simplicity, minimalistic lifestyles, and living happily in tiny houses. LivingSmall.com generated its first viral post in 2014, which boosted her modest traffic of 400+ unique visitors per day to over 42,500 per day.
She served on the Board of Directors of the International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA.org) from 2001-2004 and led the organization as President from 2003-2004.
She has been been interviewed and featured in publications including: The Wall Street Journal, Business Week Magazine, LA Times, Entrepreneur, Sales and Marketing Management, Palm Beach Post, Entrepreneurial Connection, the Kentucky’s Information Technology Imperative Report, several national real instate industry publications, newspapers, and the book: From the Homefront: The Simple Guide to Starting and Running a Home-Based Business.
Her articles on writing, communication, marketing, mobility, the virtual workforce, and technology have appeared across the web and in print in places such as Broker Agent News, ePowerNews, Real Estate Business Magazine, The Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers: Management Issues and Trends, and multiple publications for the National Association of Realtors. She particularly enjoys writing about senior living options, aging in place and the new trends in technology and lifestyle for those 55+.
She has edited two published books: a children’s book and one on the tax implications of running a mobile business.
In addition to running WickedWriter.com, Angela joined forces with a brick-and-mortar technology services company in Danville, Kentucky to launch CoolJazzWebDesign.com in January, 2015. She is actively involved in the Danville community and particularly enjoys working to promote conservative political causes, grassroots approaches to strengthening local communities, and support of the Danville-Boyle County Senior Citizens Center.
Want to learn more? Contact Angela in person.
Living small is my dream. It’s not a goal, it’s a journey. I have set-backs. I fall down. But I get back up (eventually) and take more steps to improve my life, increase my balance, reduce my possessions to a tolerable mass, and eliminate the things that cause me angst while maximizing the things that bring me joy. I’m on this path for life. Care to join me?
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