I’m Mark McElroy, a husband, author, blogger, and creative professional. I’m seeking a more balanced life. I’m a little obsessed with food, travel, and personal technology.
My proudest achievement is my twenty-six year relationship with my husband, Clyde. Growing up, I never dreamed I’d ever be able to legally marry the person I loved, much less have a long and rewarding life with a man like him. He’s my north star.
By trade, I’m a writer and author, with a graduate degree in Creative Writing from the prestigious Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. My non-fiction books cover a range of subjects, from Apple Computers to Cuban travel, but the largest sales currently come from books on divination, including Tarot and the I Ching. That said: please don’t picture me in a purple turban, surrounded by candles and clouds of incense! My interest in mysticism has always been firmly rooted in practical, modern, and creative applications of ancient wisdom.
For seventeen years, I kept a personal journal on-line (MadeByMark.com), and now I maintain a handful of focused blogs to help me connect with people who share my passions for personal technology (MarkLovesThis.com), world travel (MarkGoesThere.com), healthy eating (MarkEatsThis.com), and practical metaphysics (MarkBelievesThis.com).
MarkMcElroy.com is an experiment in micro-blogging: fast, low-friction blogging. Posts to this micro-blog are echoed on Twitter and at Micro.Blog, a service that helps microbloggers post and connect with each other. The community there has restored my faith in social media.
These blogs are the primary way I interact online. I can be followed on Twitter and Instagram. I have a presence on Facebook, but I don’t interact with brands or strangers there; it’s strictly a way to keep in touch with friends and family who don’t have their own blogs.
As a creative director, I work for a financial institution that prefers not to be named on employees’ personal web sites. (I can, however, disclose my employer’s name on my LinkedIn profile.) It’s my responsibility to set direction, provide strategy and infrastructure, and keep an award-winning team of corporate creatives happy and productive. I also have the privilege of making contributions as a creative consultant, scriptwriter, presentation designer, director, producer, event host, and voice-over artist.
The more I talk with colleagues at other companies, the more I realize just how fortunate I really am. My team has earned the trust the of C-suite. I’m managed by smart people who understand the value a creative team brings to the table. And I work every day with a brilliant team of interactive designers, editors, videographers, and photographers. In short: in what some would say is a surprising place to be doing so, I’ve landed the corporate creative’s dream job — a fact I’m grateful for every day.
Stay in Touch
I enjoy networking with people who are on the front lines of creativity: professional storytellers, presenters, writers, multimedia producers, and program directors. If you’d like to make contact, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow me on Mastodon (@MarkMcElroy@writing.exchange) or Instagram (@MarkMcElroyDotCom).