I’m Ryan Sholin.

Last updated December 2017.

By day, I work at Automattic as a Growth Engineer on the WordPress VIP team. (See this post for the details, or jump straight to my Work page for a brief history of my employment and whatnot.)

In recent years, I worked for a nonprofit news networka newspaper company, a startup, a newspaper company, and before that, a newspaper.

In Spring 2009, I finished up a graduate degree in Mass Communications at San Jose State University, with a thesis project called ReportingOn, funded by the Knight News Challenge.

I’ve been a corporate online news evangelist, an online editor, a reporter, a bartender, a motion picture lighting and rigging technician, a photo assistant, an administrative assistant, and a retail foot soldier in the record store wars of the 1990s.

I’m a self-taught Web developer and designer. Sometimes.

I’ve lived in Rochester, Santa Cruz, Albuquerque, Manhattan, and Miami, and now I’m in the suburbs (exurbs, some say) of Washington, D.C.

Yes, I am that guy you knew at North Miami Beach Senior High School, Highland Oaks Junior High School, Highland Oaks Elementary School, and/or The Cullowhee Experience.

Want to know more? Start at the beginning.

From September 2006 through July 2011, this blog was called “Invisible Inkling.”

Here’s why:

The news business is changing, and so is journalism education, and so are the technological paradigms that supposedly mark the boundaries of both. So, as the nineteenth-century mass communication method of ink-on-paper dries up, it’s time to go stand under the waterfall of clues, open your mouth and your ears, and see how the information flows.

Well that was more visceral than I expected.

The point is, clues are everywhere, but if you’ve got ink on your fingers, you might be looking in the wrong places.


The Usual Disclaimer:

Nothing I write, post, or link to here necessarily has anything to do with any past, present, or future employer, educator, or family member of mine. My opinions are mine and mine alone. Hands off.