Welcome to MichaelLortz.com/JordiScrubbings.com.
This is the web home of Michael G. Lortz: intelligence professional, writer, comic, Social Media Advisor, blogger, and self-proclaimed creative genius.
(Note: I used the nom de plume “Jordi Scrubbings” quite a bit. Quick explanation: I was young and working for the government and didn’t know what would happen if people found out I was blogging. But it ended up ok.)
I have worked in the following areas:
- Information Security
- Process Analysis
- Process Documentation
- Intelligence Analysis
- Social Media
I am currently in school for a Masters in Business Administration. I have completed a Masters of Arts in International Affairs and a Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing. I have worked in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Qatar, and Afghanistan.
I performed Information Security for the US Government while in Afghanistan from March 2012 to May 2013. I assisted with mission planning, information security course development, and wrote an 80-page guide used by over 100 information specialists throughout Afghanistan.
I also led the development of an interactive internal website where users could learn about information security processes and take self-guided courses that promoted overall knowledge.
I led projects at USCENTCOM in Tampa, Florida that improved government efficiency in the areas of military intelligence, operations, human resources, and staffing. I published over 100 internal documents from May 2006 to January 2010, some of which were over 100 pages. I also pushed information to internal wikis to promote collaboration, creating over 300 pages on various subjects. These pages were viewed over 10,000 times by individuals throughout the US Government.
I was an Intelligence Analyst in the US Army from 1995 to 1999. I was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina from Aug 1998 to Mar 1999.
I have done freelance work for the Tampa Bay Times and been published on various web sites on topics ranging from sports to comedy, from Deadspin.com to Splitsider.com to MinorLeagueBaseball.com and many Tampa Bay Rays-centric sites.
I have published my own book, The Best of The Serious Tip (Kindle), and have been published as part of three compilation books on Minor League Baseball writing: The Bus Leagues Experience Volumes 1, 2, and 3.
I received my start as a paid writer writing for the FSView & Florida Flambeau from 2002 to 2003. After only writing there for eight months, I won Writer of the Year.
Please see “Writing” for a more in-depth look at my writing career.
Social Media Advisor
I managed the Facebook account for Bus Leagues Baseball from March 2012 to September 2012. Expanded “friends” by nearly 300%. Also managed the format, layout, and organization of the website, which saw over 100% growth in unique visitors in the year I oversaw the back-end.
From November 2011 to March 2012, I set up Social Media platforms for Power Moves Entertainment, a concert promotion team in Tampa, Florida.
I was lead tweeter, Facebook administrator, and social media guru for All-Stars Wrestling Florida, a pro wrestling promotion based in Tampa, Florida, from October 2010 to June 2011. Established a twitter following that reached out to national wresting audiences and increased Facebook follows by over 100%.
I have performed stand-up comedy at:
- The Tampa Improv: 5 minute set 10/30/2010, 8 minute set on 1/30/2011
- Bonkerz Comedy Club – Ocala, Florida – guest spot
- Winner’s Circle Comedy Club – Lakeland, Florida – guest spot
In August 2010, I took stand-up comedy courses at the Tampa Improv taught by “New York Bad Boy” Artie Fletcher.
You can click the “Comedy” link up top to see my stand-up videos.
Since Fall 2006, I have populated the Internet with my own style of creative musings, ponderings, and masterpieces first on The Serious Tip.com and then on this site since November 2009.
Other Jobs Held:
- Business Analyst, IntegraClick.com, Summer 2011.
- ID Card Clerk, Florida National Guard, Tallahassee, Florida, Fall 2005.
- Stock Loader, Sports Authority, Summer 2003.
- Burger Flipper, McDonalds, 1995.
Because I think I have regained all the creative juices I had when I was 5.
I am reachable via email: jordiscrubbings(at)gmail.com or mglortz(at)gmail.com.
You can find more of my stuff all over the ‘net.
My Twitter account.