Let me tell you a little about myself…
I know, I know…my website says “Jonathon M. Seidl” and all my articles say “Jonathon M. Seidl,” but my friends call me Jon. I’m hoping you become one of those friends, so please, call me Jon!
Thanks for dropping by my little corner of the internet. If you’re here, that means you’d like to get to know me better. So let’s get to it. I’ve been in media for a decade. I’ve been a writing longer than that. I’ve written a lot of stories during that period. I helped start a news website in 2010 that went on to become one of the top 50 sites in the country, and it was all based on telling news stories a little differently. In the time since then, I’ve written over 6,000 articles and stories. And I’ve read a lot more! As a result, I’ve seen what stories can do. I’ve seen people write thousands of letters to a dying stranger, tens of thousands of dollars raised in mere hours, and the hardest of faces transformed into tears all because of stories. That’s made me passionate about storytelling. And so I’ve dedicated my life to them. I want to help people, businesses, churches, and non-profits tell their stories and transform those around them.
I have my own unique story. Growing up, I could tell something was “different” about the way I thought. I would want to stop thinking about things but I just couldn’t. I would have these weird episodes where my heart would race. I would have to have things done in a certain order. It was exhausting. It all came to a head in 2015, and that year I was officially diagnosed with anxiety and OCD. It changed my life. In 2016, I decided to start telling the story of my journey to being diagnosed, what it’s like living with mental health struggles, and how I’ve gained power of them.
While I’ve gotten to meet some pretty neat people over my last decade in media, the coolest people I’ve ever met don’t have famous names or great resumes. Those people are my wife, Brett, and two kids, Annie and Jack.
I met my wife while we were both living in New York City and going to school. We’ve been married since 2009. She’s much taller than I am, thank God. Because of her our kids actually have a chance of being over 5 feet! My daughter, Annie, is 4 and she has me wrapped around her finger. My son, Jack, is 1, and for much of his life he’s been in the 99th percentile for weight. He’s a beast! He’s also named after my favorite writer and storyteller C.S. “Jack” Lewis.
Although I’m originally from Wisconsin, my wife and I live in Dallas. I’m still a diehard Packers, Brewers, Badgers, and Bucks fan, but I really love it down South. I got tired of the cold and the winters! But I love my “motherland” and I can still pick out a midwest accent in about 3.2 seconds.
I have two books in the works that I’m excited for you to read. One is on the power of storytelling and how you can apply its powerful principles to your business, life, and organization. The second is the story of my journey through anxiety and OCD , and how I’ve been able to gain power over them.
What I talk about
I’m passionate about storytelling because it has so much power. In fact, one of my first big pieces helped garner a $10,000 grant for a non-profit that was working to rescue women out of the sex industry. If you can learn to tell stories effectively you can transform your own life, your business, and your relationships. People like Phil Knight and Richard Branson realize that. So do companies like Dodge. There’s no reason why your business, your church, your organization, or yourself can’t harness that same power.
As a result, I now spend a lot of time creating podcasts, stories, and videos, and speaking about storytelling while telling my own story. I hope to talk with you about both soon.
Jonathon M. Seidl (Jon) is the managing editor of Kirk Cameron's TheCourage, which produces content and material focused on faith, family, and culture. He also oversees production and development for Cameron's TheCourage Courses as well as Cameron’s subscription service, The Campfire. His producer credits include three full-length online courses, over 50 (and counting) weekly subscription videos, and a weekly podcast. During his tenure he’s been responsible for nearly $1 million in gross sales of digital material.
Before TheCourage, he served as the editor-in-chief of I Am Second, a Christian non-profit that tells stories of incredible life transformation, overseeing the story and video development of celebrities such as Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund and HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines. He also created an entirely new writing department and was responsible for the organization’s most successful blog post ever.
Previously, Seidl served as the managing editor of TheBlaze.com, a national news website. He joined as an assistant editor in 2010 and was one of its founding editors and first writing hire. Under his leadership, the site became one of the top 50 websites in the country, reaching over 35 million unique visitors.
Seidl's journalistic journey started when a college writing assignment called for a descriptive essay. After writing about the difference between his college town of New York City and his hometown Wisconsin, Seidl's childhood newspaper decided to publish it. Since then, his writing has appeared in WORLD magazine, online with the American Spectator, at FoxNews.com, and in nearly 6,000 posts at TheBlaze.
In 2016, Seidl opened up for the first time about his mental health experience: He was diagnosed with anxiety and OCD in 2014. He has become an ardent supporter of mental health awareness, and is especially a strong voice for how the Christian church can better handle the issue. He's a person of strong faith and has served as a homegroup leader at The Village Church in Dallas, Texas.
You'll rarely see him in anything but his "uniform": dark jeans, boots, and a button-up shirt. He doesn't believe in wasting mental energy on picking out clothes. Seidl graduated from The King's College-New York City with a degree in politics, philosophy, and economics, and spent a total of seven years living in New York City.
Although a Green Bay Packers fanatic, he and his wife live in Dallas, Texas, with their daughter Annie Rose, son Jack Lewis (who is named after C.S.), and dogs Gus and Lulu.