As some of you know, I have been blogging for quite some time. I started at The Big Stick and was eventually invited to join The League of Ordinary Gentlemen as a regular contributor. The question remains though, does a hobby as an unpaid blogger make one a writer?
In a recent interview, author Steven Pressfield was asked, “At what point can someone who writes call himself a writer?” His reply:
“You are a writer when you tell yourself you are. No one else’s opinion matters. “
For a number of personal and professional reasons this is the right time for me to see how far I can take this hobby. It’s time to start thinking of myself as a writer. Looking towards that goal I have been advised to create a ‘platform’ where people can see all of my work in one place. Today I am launching a new site.
Since my audience here are blog readers I am not going to go into a much detail about the site. It has most of the usual features; a blog, a portfolio page, contact and social media links. I would encourage people to add the blog to their feed readers and visit me through Facebook and Twitter. I am still getting the hang of Twitter but I am mostly trying to use it to share content from other sites that I think my audience will enjoy. My only request is that if you like what you read, please share the links with your friends so that I can start to build a larger audience for my work.
As for my writing here at the League, I have no plans to slow down or stop posting. This site is where my heart is and I hope to be around for a long time. The new site will feature some original and also links to what I am writing here.
I also want to take the opportunity to thank my fellow Leaguers, especially Erik, Mark, Tod and Patrick for giving me a place to develop further my voice as a writer and to match wits with some of the smartest commenters on the internet. I hope I continue to deliver work that people enjoy reading.
Hope to see you all at the new site and feedback is appreciated.