I have never published a piece of commercial fiction or a peer-reviewed article, but I am a professional writer. I have supported myself for most of my working life by writing every day. I spent the first few years of my career as a news reporter and editor of weekly newspapers. I have worked as a communication specialist. I spent five years as an IT technical writer. Most recently, I have been struggling with the one piece of fiction I would like to see finished before I am too old to enjoy publishing it.
I am also a theorist, a strategist, and an organizer. A graduate degree in Political Science will do that for you. Earning that degree also required me to write every day, btw. I am also a Geek for Life. That means I value playfulness, humor, popular culture, technological cleverness, and close friendships.
Diana and I are not new to blogging. I have blogged around quite a bit. I walked away from it years ago for reasons that don’t really bear discussing. Here is why I decided to give it another try:
- We’d never actually tried blogging as a team before.
- We’d never been able to have blogs that offered readers so many ways to follow and so many ways of giving us feedback.
- We’d never had the number of friends expressing an interest in blogging that we do now.
- Blogging is a lot of fun, especially once you attract a few readers.
I believe in ethical blogging and good manners. I also believe in helping less experienced bloggers along whenever I can. When I go reading blogs for things to feature on my own pages, I ask myself two questions:
- Is this a well-put-together, interesting piece?
- Is this something I can share with my friends, family, and colleagues?
If I can’t say “yes” to both of those questions, you won’t see it on any blog I am responsible for. I want to make friends in the WordPress community, and share things I find on WordPress with my readers. But I write for friends and family first, because without their support, I never would have created the Writing Catalog and Sourcerer to begin with. Here is an index of my personal pages: My Tolkien bibliography (I blog about Tolkien frequently). My long-term writing list (for when I need a quick idea). A page I created entirely for humorous effect.