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#FollowFriday: Amanda Eastep

By: Gini Dietrich | June 28, 2013 | 
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#FollowFriday- Amanda EastepToday’s #FollowFriday as Amanda Eastep is going to make you say, “Who?”

How about this…I would like to introduce you to Word Ninja!

I can almost hear the collective, “Ohhhhhh! We know Word Ninja.”

Amanda is a freelance writer and editor who began hanging out with the Spin Sucks crazies a few months ago.

Though she clearly prefers to use her nunchuck skills, they apparently go unappreciated so she makes a living writing, editing, and mentoring aspiring writers.

She also is a teacher and assistant director of public relations at Trinity Christian College in the greater Chicagoland area (which means we must meet in real life soon!).

Putting her writing skills to work, she manages the biannual college magazine, annual president’s report and newsletters, TRINITY magazine, and helped with a recent comprehensive capital campaign.

She also generates news stories and writes content for the college’s website and for their mobile site. And she is responsible for the college’s official Facebook and Twitter presence.

As if that isn’t enough, she seves as the point-of-contact for local media as their interest grows in what the college is doing.

While she doesn’t bill herself as a communications professional, she has more experience doing that than some who do.

A true writer, she manages not one – but two – blogs. Her main blog, where she writes once a month, is about how to write for business and for life.

But her passion blog is Travels (with) aBroad, where she talks about her road travels with her husband (and I think two daughters, but I may be making that up based on some blog posts I’ve read)…and sometimes her dad tags along. They roam from Wisconsin and Michigan to Kentucky and Florida with an occasional detour to New York.

The unveiling of of Word Ninja is here. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Amanda Cleary Eastep.

You can find her on the Word Ninja blog, Travels (with) aBroad, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter. Please give her the usual crazy welcome!

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger here at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. She is the co-author of Marketing in the Round and co-host of Inside PR. Her second book, Spin Sucks, is available now.

89 comments
creativeoncall
creativeoncall

I know a number of Trinity alum (and I think @ginidietrich refers to the Three Things as the Unholy Trinity, no?), so I'm glad do sort of know you, too.  I'll have to get in on this Word Ninja thing...

LauraPetrolino
LauraPetrolino

Word Ninja!!!!! YES! Please excuse my late entrance to the party here Amanda. This obviously does not reflect on my love for you, but of my current lack of personal ninja prowess. But regardless, glad to know the face behind the ninja! I feel like this is a very epic moment, not often does a ninja expose themselves, which means you are obviously wise and brave. Afterall the old ninja proverb goes something like "only the most superior of ninjas shall be as powerful with their prose as they are with their nunchucks"

It is an honor! Go off and fight the fight brave grasshopper (and let me know if your travels ever take you through Florida)

In the name of Kung Fu, I bid you a happy weekend.

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

All those years working hard on tour as back up singer for Prince then on your own has finally paid off. 26 years,  17 world tours, 7 Grammies, 118 countries, 49 pieces of lost luggage, 8 albums, got malaria only twice on the South East Asia tour, 17 top 10 Singles, your own Bobblehead Doll, 27.4398 million albums, 12 appearances with Prince on Letterman and finally! now Finally! You earned enough Hilton Honors points to get that free night at Hilton. Sheena-E you earned it!

Uhm...hold on @jasonkonopinski just texted me.

This is not a #FF for Sheena-E? @ginidietrich has osters of Sheena-E all over her office. I was told this was the day!

Oh. @amandaicleary is today's #FF

Well I met her and @bdorman264 at one of Berlusconi's Bunga Bunga parties back in 2007. He always hires Word Ninjas to tongue twist his guests. She had Bill going nuts trying to figure out the proper alliteration for the second particle of the Wood Chuck Chuck's twister. Bill couldn't get it. Each failure Amanda made him drink a shot. It was hilarious. Bill got so loaded he started skipping around the mansion screaming Bunga Bunga! Bunga Bunga! Bunga Me! Bunga You! He got escorted out. Amanda has the photos! Just ask her for them!

Grats on your #FF @AmandaICleary 

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aimeelwest
aimeelwest

So nice to put a face with the ninji! I've caught the word ninja blog I can't wait to check out the traveling blog.

TaraGeissinger
TaraGeissinger

Congrats on the #FF Amanda! I love reading your comments and can't wait to read your travel blog. My husband thinks we're taking our kids on a cross-country camping trip next summer, but I'm not so sure! :)

Word Ninja
Word Ninja

Thanks for a great morning, everyone! I'll check back but promised my girls some anime viewing and lunch out.

jolynndeal
jolynndeal

I love it! So nice to have the mystery revealed.  I learn so much from Word Ninja's feedback and comments.  And I'm 39 too, for the ??th year in a row. :)

belllindsay
belllindsay

Woohoo!!! Hop on board the crazies' caboose @Word Ninja - but buckle up, it's gonna be a bumpy ride! I can't believe you and I are the same age (39. every year.) - I'm a gardening freak also, but with the new pup my gardens are a little worse for wear this summer. ;) Enjoy your day, and trust me - if you get a #FollowFriday from Gini - you EARNED it! :D 

LSSocialEngage
LSSocialEngage

Hi Amanda, Congratulations on the #FF. I look forward to following your blogs - especially your travel one.

Word Ninja
Word Ninja

Hey, this will be the coolest thing I've had to tweet yet!


SavvyCopywriter
SavvyCopywriter

Impressive! I'm looking forward to following you and seeing what other word ninja tricks you have up your sleeve. :) 

RobBiesenbach
RobBiesenbach

I went to follow and it turns out I already was. Now Gini's making us do things before we're even aware we're doing them. Congratulations!

Word Ninja
Word Ninja

@creativeoncall @ginidietrich Really, you know some TCC alums? Sometimes we get mixed up with Trinity International. Glad to sort of know you, too, and looking forward to getting to know everyone better. (Sorry for the late reply. Would you believe there are still areas of the U.S. w/o Internet?)

Word Ninja
Word Ninja

@susancellura Thanks, Susan! Great to be here and be welcomed so warmly. I've finally found a home for my crazy self.

Word Ninja
Word Ninja

@LauraPetrolino I can't claim that wisdom and bravery as Gini is the one who sneaked up and ninja'd me. Happy for the #FF and all the warm welcomes. That doesn't happen often...people don't seem to like women in black tiptoeing across their roofs for some reason.

LauraPetrolino
LauraPetrolino

@Howie Goldfarb @jasonkonopinski @ginidietrich @bdorman264 @AmandaICleary Is Prince now called 'Prince' again? Or is he still the symbol. I cannot keep up with his name or lack of name changes and it is very stressful because I fell woefully unprepared should I meet him randomly at the grocery store or coffee shop. Do I have a card ready with his symbol that I just hold up when I want to insert his name? Does it have a blow horn or siren attached to get his attention if he is across the room? How does all this work?

I've spent many hours fretting about my lack of understanding on the proper "Prince" protocol....


Word Ninja
Word Ninja

@aimeelwest Thanks and for checking out the blogs. The travel blog is really about our search for hole in the wall places near and not that far. But I love the journey, right, no matter how many (or few miles) it takes you.

Word Ninja
Word Ninja

@TaraGeissinger Thanks, Tara! Ha, my friend and I were just exchanging childhood camping stories yesterday. What a hoot. The closest I've come lately is the Mumford and Sons stopover concert and campout in Dixon, IL last summer. Way more drunk people playing trumpets at 4am than were ever at Yogi Bear Campground. Go on the trip! You'll make great stories.

Word Ninja
Word Ninja

@RebeccaTodd Thanks Rebecca. It's been nice getting to know everyone. I'm SO glad I had the day off today.

Word Ninja
Word Ninja

@jolynndeal Thanks, what a nice compliment about my comments. My kid said I was a dork.

Word Ninja
Word Ninja

@belllindsay Thanks for the warning and welcome! Great to be an "official" crazy. I don't have a puppy, but I had lots of fuzzy green worms on my kale this morning. They make terrible pets.

Word Ninja
Word Ninja

@LSSocialEngage Hi! Thank you. I haven't been traveling as much as I used to but have some things planned soon. 

Word Ninja
Word Ninja

@SavvyCopywriter Well, I can cross my eyes in strange directions, a trick kids seem to love.  Thanks for following!

LauraPetrolino
LauraPetrolino

@Word Ninja so very odd. No one appreciates a good ninja tip toe like they use to (and yet they welcome a strange fat man with an ill kept beard and elves, who eagerly helps himself to their food and seems to have no concept of time, space and fire safety....oh the humanity)

LSSocialEngage
LSSocialEngage

@Word Ninja Excellent. Look forward to reading about them. I love travelling too and haven't been able to as much as I'd like this year but hopefully will plan some things too.

RobBiesenbach
RobBiesenbach

@Word Ninja By the way, I'm road-tripping next week, hitting my 48th state (Oklahoma) and my wife's 50th (Arkansas) with a stop in Memphis for 4th of July. I searched but didn't see any entries in your blog for those, but if I missed them let me know!

LSSocialEngage
LSSocialEngage

@Word Ninja Yes.  You put it in such a perfect way. We go to Boston every year ( I used to live there, still have family and friends). So its not novel anymore but this summer I want to take the kids back to my University Alma Mater in Amherst. So, it is a little thing but a great travel experience I think :)

Word Ninja
Word Ninja

@LSSocialEngage That's the best thing about making the most of short trips. Trying to find something new between point A and B no matter how many miles you travel.

biggreenpen
biggreenpen

@RobBiesenbach Rob, I have a relative in Memphis and a friend recently moved there (he was part of the whole "meteorologist send off" blog I wrote if that rings any bells or creates any thunderclaps  but if you need me to do any asking around for you just say the word! cc: @Word Ninja 

Word Ninja
Word Ninja

@RobBiesenbach Nope, travel along a few paths and try to make the most of the places we go. I'm a big one for finding holes in the wall. 

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