One Simple Video to Welcome You to New Adventures

New YouTube Channel Visitors Get Welcome Message

I have a new video on my YouTube Channel‘s Home page, this one is for new visitors. As of 2016, I have retired from Instructional Design and e-Learning Development.

However, I’m semi-retired, moving into a new career!

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Ridge View Media: Under Construction for Remodel


Remodel of Ridge View Media Web Site

Thank you for visiting my blog/Web site! I am remodeling Ridge View Media’s site to make changes reflecting my new business focus on writing versus Instructional Systems Design (ISD) and eLearning development. Please continue to read this blog post so you can find current information, such as:

  • Home
  • About
  • Portfolio
  • Services
  • Testimonials
  • Contact

Remodel of URLs

Due to their popularity, I am keeping my old blog posts on Instructional Systems Design (ISD) and on eLearning Development. I had changed their URL structure a year ago, and am changing them back in 2016, to the original …/blog/(post URL) structure.

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Blog Samples: Working with an eLearning Consultant


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Samples of My Blog Writing for Others

My blog and yours. Is there any difference when I write for mine versus when I write for a clients’ blog? None at all. I consider yours just as important, or more so, than mine.

Are you looking to refresh your blog?

I’m excited to share this blog post with you. It’s fun transitioning Ridge View Media to areas of work that I have enjoyed for a long time but did not have as my primary, income-earning focus. Now, I do. As I move back into writing (technical writing, blogging, web content, content marketing, storytelling, creative writing, grant writing) -among other things- my excitement grows. Recently, I found a few blog writing samples, posts I had written in 2010 on a pro bono basis for a colleague’s company. I like how they turned out.

Want to see some examples of my writing for a blog?

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Happy New Year 2016! – How to Create New Chapters in Life

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Photo by Dariusz Sankowski, on

Many have already extended their Happy New Year 2016 messages. Mark and I sincerely wish you the best in 2016, especially the opportunity to work with you.

The middle of this month seems like a good time to make an announcement. Mark and I have been, and are, scheming and planning, and slowly putting into action new opportunities for this year and beyond. We are going to write some new chapters in the book of our lives.

Yes, we are still available for your learning and development contract opportunities. Of course, our established clients are always welcome to contact us for new projects.

We are excited about our new opportunites, and look forward to sharing them with you before the end of 2016. (Maybe by this summer!)

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Storytelling: Paul A. Smith |

IMG_0384.PNGHow do you tell stories? Do you even think about it, or about sharing business stories? Does your business tell its stories? Do you see yourself as a storyteller?

All my life I’ve been fascinated by stories. I’ve read, listened to, and told stories. In the corporate world, I felt great satisfaction when I could tell business stories in e-learning projects as the primary instructional designer. Recently, I began investing more time doing deep dives into the art of storytelling.

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