Mike Rohde

Content Development Specialist

San Francisco Bay Area

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Mike Rohde's Overview

  • Business Development Writer at Nexant

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Mike Rohde's Summary

Author of "Adobe Edge Animate CC For Dummies" (July 2013) and "GameMaker: Studio For Dummies" (June 2014).

Content development specialist who thrives on learning, reading, writing, and presenting content.

Main goal is to present clear and concise content that allows the end-user to accomplish a task.

Skills include writing, editing, web development (Joomla!, SEO, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and CMS), page design, and analytics.

Excellent interpersonal skills and highly values collaboration.

Specialties: Writing, Editing, Content development, Page design, Squarespace, Animate, Joomla!, SEO, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, CMS, and more.

Mike Rohde's Publications

  • GameMaker: Studio For Dummies

    • Wiley Publishing
    • July 1, 2014
    Authors: Mike Rohde

    GameMaker: Studio allows you to create your own games, even with zero coding experience, and GameMaker: Studio For Dummies is a complete guide to the ins and outs of the program. Create the game you've always wanted to play in record time and at a fraction of the cost of traditional game development methods. You'll have the flexibility to develop 2D games for Android, iOS, desktops, and the Web. Gain a professional perspective on this revolutionary path to game creation and publishing.

  • Adobe Edge Animate CC For Dummies

    • Wiley Publishing
    • July 1, 2013
    Authors: Mike Rohde

    Adobe Edge Animate CC is an approachable WYSIWYG alternative for leveraging the power of languages like HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript to design and develop for the web and mobile devices, even if you have no programming experience. Written by Michael Rohde, the book calls on this seasoned web developer's wealth of experience using Adobe Edge Animate.

  • Aspiring Writers 2012 Winners Anthology

    • Blue Dragon Press
    • April 13, 2013
    Authors: Mike Rohde

    This anthology contains the first, second, and third place winners from the Aspiring Writers monthly short story challenge. Writers have only two weeks to craft a story meeting the challenge genre, theme, and focus. All profits from this publication go to charity.

Mike Rohde's Projects

  • GameMaker: Studio Tutorials

    • May 2014 to Present
    Team Members: Mike Rohde

    Companion site for "GameMaker: Studio For Dummies."

Mike Rohde's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Committee Chair

      Pack 200 - Cub Scouts
      • Children
      September 2013 present (1 year 1 month)

      I organize, lead, and recruit parent volunteers for my sons Cub Scout Pack. Pack 200 is based out of Lafayette, CA and has a reputation for hosting one of the best programs in the area. We hold several events each month, all year round, and each event requires planning, coordination, and communication; that’s where I come in.

Mike Rohde's Experience

Business Development Writer


Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Oil & Energy industry

January 2014Present (9 months) San Francisco Bay Area

Joined Nexant in January 2014 when The FSC Group was acquired by them.

Senior Editor

Freeman, Sullivan & Co.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Market Research industry

July 2010January 2014 (3 years 7 months) San Francisco Bay Area

Position ended when FSC was acquired by Nexant, Inc. I then joined the Nexant team as a Business Development Writer.

Edit written products for clarity, consistency, and grammatical correctness.

Use graphics/desktop publishing skills to convey the intended message.

Review the editing and layout ideas of other staff to ensure work products are of the highest quality.

Train and advise technical staff members on English grammar and writing, FSC's style guide, and incorporation of graphic elements into work products.

Review details of technical Requests for Proposals and work with a team to submit proposals adhering to specific requirements.

Work closely with authors, technical reviewers and other staff.

Provide hands-on coordination of special projects.

Manage web site content.

Handle a fast-paced work schedule with shifting priorities.

Founder and Publisher


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Games industry

August 2008January 2014 (5 years 6 months)

GoozerNation came to a close at the end of January 2014 after six years of good times and bad times. The site went full circle from just me, to a large team, to corporate support through Goozex and then slowly waned as Goozex, Inc. closed down.

Edit, format, write, code, manage, recruit, grow... GoozerNation is my creation. But it would be nothing without the incredible contributors and the faithful audience.

Through my work with GoozerNation, I won first prize in The Domino Project Associates Contest by demonstrating initiative.

Freelance Writer


Public Company; 501-1000 employees; QNST; Internet industry

January 2011April 2012 (1 year 4 months)

Wrote freelance articles for HTMLgoodies.com on the subjects of CSS3, HTML5 and Joomla!

Editor in Chief

World Gaming Executives Ltd

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Entertainment industry

August 2011December 2011 (5 months) San Francisco Bay Area

Edit articles for a monthly publication. Also present new ideas to the publisher.

Independent Contractor


Public Company; 501-1000 employees; QNST; Internet industry

January 2010August 2010 (8 months)

Wrote a series of articles for HTMLGoodies.com

Independent Contractor

The Mosaic Company

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Professional Training & Coaching industry

October 2009December 2009 (3 months)

As the Primary Technical Writer, produced over 200 pages of detailed checklists for employees and evaluators

Created job aids for the purpose of training employees

QA'd 3 different web-based training modules that were created in Articulate

QA'd 33 different job aids that were created in PowerPoint

Collaborated with stakeholders, project managers, editors, writers and subject matter experts

Started with no prior technical knowledge of the subject matter and can now speak intelligently on the topics covered

Freelance Writer

Savvy Source

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Internet industry

March 2009July 2009 (5 months)

Wrote posts three times a week for the SavvySource San Francisco city guide

Freelance Editor

Micro Mom Blog

April 2009June 2009 (3 months)

Edited, organized, and formatted 783 pages (reduced to 458 pages) worth of blog content into a book

Researched self-publishing options for the client

Freelance Writer


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Online Media industry

February 2009May 2009 (4 months)

Wrote eight freelance articles for Tonic.com in a three-month time span

Senior Editor


March 2008March 2009 (1 year 1 month)

Commissioned, edited, and published articles that provided helpful, useful information to developers to allow them to improve their work

Collaborated with a team to develop article ideas

Formatted articles in HTML and JavaScript

Worked with a content management system

Wrote one of the most viewed posts, which boasts of a single-day
high for number of visitors, for the DevXtra Editors’ Blog

Content Project Manager


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; SYMC; Computer Software industry

October 2007January 2008 (4 months)

Project management of business workstreams for multiple content projects

Collect project planning data and conduct impact analysis on changes to project plan and escalate appropriately

Management of all business activities needed to support deployment/launch

Co-ordination of handoffs to Operations group for post-launch success

Point of contact between IT and business leaders

Provide weekly status reports on all content projects

Web Content Manager


Nonprofit; 501-1000 employees; Utilities industry

20012007 (6 years)

Produced and published web content for EPRI.com and the Intranet site

Collaborated with IT, marketing, technical, creative, legal, and vendors to develop and execute project plans; including design, content, and publication of new communication channels (web pages, email campaigns, collaboration tools, etc.)

Developed, enhanced, streamlined, and implemented procedures and communications initiatives

As the Marketing Communication Lead, worked with Project Managers in creating print and online brochures, interactive CD-ROMs, fact sheets, event sheets, success stories, and other collateral

Improved EPRI.com through analysis of metrics obtained through Google Analytics and the BEA Analytics Console

Started with a three-month contract in 2001, then hired full-time as a Technical Editor, promoted to Marketing Communication Lead in 2003, and then promoted to Web Content Manager in 2006

Senior Technical Writer


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; ALU; Telecommunications industry

20002001 (1 year)

Wrote technical documentation for the Alcatel 7410 Quick Start Guide, the Alcatel 7410 Access Server Access Services Manual, and release notes

Wrote new documentation to existing manuals, this included installing the hardware, using the Command Line Interface, and provisioning remote access, Frame Relay interfaces, Domain Policies, IP, DS1, T1, ISDN, PVC, ATM, VoIP, H.323, LAN, RIP, OSPF, QoA, ToS, and QoS

Editing included changing passive to active voice, expanding explanations, adding x-refs, fixing pagination, and applying formatting

Updated and improved indexes for both manuals

Reformatted the two manuals to match the Alcatel identity

Proofread for spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Hand coded over 300 HTML pages that linked to 6 different manuals (PDFs) to help end-users and Alcatel employees locate documentation for over 1200 commands

Technical Writer


19992000 (1 year)

Worked as the sole Technical Writer in my business unit

Wrote, edited, proofread, and formatted the “WSE Style Guide for Technical Publications”

Wrote, edited, proofread, and formatted end-user online Help and documentation for access control systems; this includes the hardware, software, and firmware

Taught myself to hand code the existing Win Help files

Managed the documentation production cycle

Technical Writer


Public Company; 501-1000 employees; VRGE; Computer Software industry

19991999 (less than a year)

Three-month contract/internship as a Technical Writer

Wrote, edited, and proofread documentation that described the Virage software translation procedure for the graphic user interface

Wrote, edited, and proofread the Virage “Index Style Guide”

Wrote, edited, and proofread the document “To Create Online Help”

Edited and updated the Virage public Support Documentation Web page

Mike Rohde's Honors and Awards

  • The Domino Project Associates Contest

    • July 2011

    Won first prize in The Domino Project Associates Contest by demonstrating initiative

  • Excel Award

    • 2007

    Successfully populated the Applying Results page

  • Performance Recognition Award

    • 2006

    Recognized performance and achievement for implementing the web design, marketing collateral, packaging, operational integrity, and delivery of the 2006 Portfolio

  • Excel Award

    • 2005

    Wrote the HTML for the Marketing Intelligence Portal

  • Excel Award

    • 2004

    Led a team to redesign the Marketing homepage for InsideEPRI and restructured the entire site

Mike Rohde's Education

University of California, Berkeley

Class, Content That Gets Results


University of California, Berkeley

Certificate, Integrated Marketing Communication


University of California, Berkeley

Class, Computer Networks


Earned a “P” in the Computer Networks class

Gained a solid understanding of network topologies and Internet Protocols

Wrote a term paper on VoIP

University of California, Berkeley

Class, First Course in Java


Earned an ‘A’ in the First Course in Java class

Gained a basic understanding of OOP and wrote simple Java applications

Webster Institute

Certificate, Technical Writing


Earned a certificate in Technical Writing

Learned to use Adobe FrameMaker and RoboHELP

Wrote, edited, and proofread sample documentation for hardware and software

Wrote, edited, and proofread classroom materials

University of Maryland Baltimore County

BA, Interdisciplinary Studies (Writing)


Extended Minor in Creative Writing

Mike Rohde's Skills & Expertise

  1. Web Content
  2. Content Development
  3. Technical Writing
  4. Editing
  5. Blogging
  6. SEO
  7. Writing
  8. HTML
  9. Publishing
  10. Content Management
  11. Creative Writing
  12. Adobe Edge
  13. HTML5
  14. Advanced CSS
  15. Joomla
  16. Web Design
  17. Social Networking
  18. SEO copywriting
  19. Team Leadership
  20. Collaborative Working
  21. CMS
  22. CSS
  23. Web Development
  24. Web Analytics
  25. Layout
  26. Content Strategy
  27. Web Content Management
  28. Web 2.0
  29. Google Analytics
  30. User Experience
  31. Copywriting
  32. Email Marketing
  33. Facebook
  34. Short Stories
  35. Squarespace

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Mike Rohde's Additional Information


Technical Writing, Squarespace, Joomla!, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, CMS, Design, Web Animation, Google Analytics

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Awards earned while working at EPRI:
Successfully populated the Applying Results page (earned an Excel award)

Recognized performance and achievement for implementing the web design, marketing collateral, packaging, operational integrity, and delivery of the 2006 Portfolio (earned a Performance Recognition Award)

Wrote the HTML for the Marketing Intelligence Portal (earned an Excel award)

Led a team to redesign the Marketing homepage for InsideEPRI and restructured the entire site (earned an Excel award)

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