Welcome to eVentures in Cyberland: Through the Web 2.0 Looking Glass, and What Communicators Found There!

This site is my personal blog, where I share news, advice, and my perspectives on the field of communications in the Web 2.0 age.  Some of my posts also have an international focus. The site’s name is a play on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. It alludes to the fascinating—but sometimes wacky—ways the Internet, social media, mobile, crowdsourcing, and big data are changing the communications field.

A little bit more about me. My Twitter name is @CyberlandGal, and my first name is Monica (that’s just enough anonymity to allow me to write freely but not quite so much that a resourceful Googler couldn’t uncover my identify in about one minute). I hold a bachelor’s in journalism and a master of international service with a focus on international communication.

My interest in the field of communications began at the age of 7 when my hometown newspaper published my first work. I’d like to say my Columbus Day poem’s elegance caught the reporter’s eye, but I suspect it was my reference to the Mayflower. That same newspaper hired me for my first journalistic gig during my sophomore year in college. I covered weddings, anniversaries, and military promotions and maintained a community events calendar.

Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to work on some pretty important projects (ask me and I’ll tell all) related to energy and the environment, democracy and governance, relief and reconstruction, housing and urban development, and immigration and refugee issues. This includes writing, editing, designing, and/or desktop publishing nationally distributed newsletters, brochures, and reports, including some prepared in collaboration with the White House. I’ve also worked on national public outreach campaigns and conceptualized, written, and/or designed multiple websites.