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Laura L. Smith

Writer/Designer

Fort Collins, CO

Laura L. Smith

Writer with a sense of adventure. Experience with non-profit marketing, writing, editing, photography, social media and graphic design. Highly versed in sarcasm.

Available for freelance.

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The Rapid Decline of Wildlife Is Real & Hunting Isn't Helping

A few years ago I had the privilege to go on safari in Tanzania during a two-week stint exploring the country. While there, I saw lions, elephants, cheetahs, and giraffes. It was, in short, surreal. If I had gone in 2020, however, elephants may be crossed off that list. That's because, according to recent reports, African elephants are being killed and hunted for their ivory at such a devastating rate that large groups of this species could face the end of their existence as soon as 2020.
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Who Should Have Ultimate Control of Public Lands?

Imagine a world where the wild wasn’t, well, wild. Where lands were valued by how much they were worth in oil and coal rather than adventure and preservation. In the past few months, this convoluted issue of who should control public lands has been a hot topic among political forces and environmental agencies.
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Levelling the Playing Field: The Outdoors is for Women, Too

I’ve always had a strong pull to the outdoors. I spent my entire childhood (minus school hours, of course) playing in the dirt, riding my bike around our neighborhoods and going on wild adventures which took me deep into the woods. Not all women, however, were or are fortunate enough to experience the outdoors as a vital part of their existence.
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Going Rogue: Protecting the Outdoors Through Social Media

In today’s society, you can learn almost everything you need to from what’s trending. As someone who makes a living by posting, tweeting and hash-tagging, the impact of social media has always been fascinating to me; more so now than ever before. And though I hide behind a screen for 40 hours a week, my true passion will always be the outdoors.
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Why We Need to Take Trump Supporters for a Hike

I’ve always felt safer in nature. Even though animals may attack or I might sprain my ankle trekking up a 14 footer, or possibly yet, I’ll slip through a crack in the frozen ice near my friends’ farmhouse in the middle of Nebraska, soaking my Pokémon cards and dampening my middle school pride. There are many risks to being an “explorer” of nature, but the rewards far outweigh the cost of soaked gloves or cold feet.
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The Adventures of Loraexplora & J-rad

I’m writing this blog while attempting to not move my shoulders, which is kind of hard to accomplish. This weekend I got BURNT. And not like, oh, she’s blushing, how cute burnt, like that girl is a straight up tomato burnt. I’ve never been one to apply sunscreen, or any sort of ointment, F THE MAN and all that stubbornness is a common theme I employ, but this weekend…I should have.
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Gift Guide for Outdoorsy Beer Enthusiasts

I love outside, but I also really, really love beer. If you know someone like me on your list (I’m sorry), then how about combining their two favorite things this year? Because we all know a beer tastes better if you’ve earned it. Or, if you’ve just walked a few feet from your front porch and you get thirsty.
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Why Ireland’s Glencolumbkille Just Might be Better than Galway

My first impression of Galway, this enchanting city by the sea, was one of mixed emotions. I had just gotten off a 4.5 hour bus leaving the small village of Glencolumbkille, which had unexpectedly stolen my heart. As the bus pulled away from Glencolumbkille, I had to keep myself from jumping off, knowing just how excited I’d be to eventually explore the winding cobblestone streets of nearby Galway.
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5 Breweries to Follow on Instagram

There’s a lot to love about Instagram. There’s neat filters and the ability to make it look like you’re playing catch with yourself (thanks Boomerang!). There are also rad people to follow and super simple ways to see the world without even leaving your couch...something I don’t recommend at all, but to each their own.
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5 Reasons to Subscribe to Noble Brewer

I could list a million reasons why we all need more Noble Brewer in our lives, but I’m going to run out of blog space and probably the amount of gifs I could find. So here’s five of the best reasons that will make you go, yes, give me more Noble Brewer! Best read while drinking delicious beer brewed by your favorite homebrewers.
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5 Pieces of Beer Themed Attire You Need

Sometimes, we aren’t able to drink beer. Maybe you have a big presentation. Or maybe you’re babysitting and you’re trying to be a good influence. Whatever those infrequent situations are, when you can’t drink it, wear it. We’ve gathered up the comfiest, neatest attire for you when you need to channel that hoppiness that only a pint of the good stuff can give you.
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A Quick Guide to Dublin

When I first landed in Dublin, I was heavily sleep deprived and unsure of how many hours my brain had just idled through. I had boarded the plane the day before, completely excited for the following 11 days in a country that stole my heart long before I ever stepped foot in it. I booked my ticket to Dublin on a whim, or rather on a borderline quarter-life crisis, the former sounding just a bit more adventurous.

About

Laura L. Smith

If I had only one minute to describe myself, my cheeks would probably turn red, I'd start tearing off the wrapper of (insert a craft beer here) and my right foot would start tapping in a obscure pattern - leaving me with 30 seconds to tell you about myself. So here's what I'd say.

J-school grad with an unhealthy obsession with cardigans and coffee. I'm a serial bike commuter who's happiest while running and wandering somewhere in the forest, or mountains, or half-way across the world on the coast of Ireland.

I'll always lend you my cardigan if you're cold and I will probably utter a pun to ease the tension. As a warning my hair is always a mess and there's a good chance I have bike grease or coffee or chocolate somewhere on my shirt.

But who cares about your looks when you're a writer, right? Write.

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Skills

  • SEO
  • digital marketing
  • email marketing
  • Press releases
  • Non-profit communication
  • SEO
  • CMS
  • Content Creation
  • Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Bridge
  • Adobe InDesign
  • In-depth reporting
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Tumblr
  • Social media administrating
  • Basic design layout
  • basic HTML/CSS
  • Word Press
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Microsoft office
  • Editorial writing
  • Editing
  • Videography
  • Interviewing
  • AP style
  • Photography