Thanks for visiting my blog where I will discuss the finer points, err, well, just the points of my journalist life.
It’s not very glamorous, outside of the nice amount of travel I get to do, but every now and then, even the travel is exhausting. I don’t remember the last time when I actually had a week off to just relax!
However, all of that is my fault, as I’m an independent contractor, or a freelancer, as they like to call us writers who are hired to do specific pieces for publications all over the world.
You may know some very famous journalists, perhaps some of the names below will ring a bell.
Just to name a few. You might not know some of the older journalists, and because of the world and news landscape taking shape the way it is, journalism is up for a very ripe change, with bloggers and online journalists taking even more of center stage as paper media is washed away.
Sidebar, I just found this great video about the journalist life, so you can get a better feel for what we do:
Most of the time, I’m travelling all over the United States, staying in cheap motels to save a buck or two, and finding dive bars to order cheap drinks and eat cheap food.
All this being said, I absolutely love what I do. Why you ask?
Because I love to write, that’s why. There’s no other reason. i will deal with the hectic travel schedule, which I actually love, and the lack of comfort found in those cheap motels, to find that great story that everyone is searching for.
Every day, as I put pen to paper, I can’t even imagine doing something different. I don’t care if I’m flying from San Francisco to Houston, over to Memphis, down to Miami, and up to New York in the span of 3 days.
When I’m on the grind, I have a big smile on my face. I get to meet new people, conduct fantastic interviews, ask questions that are normally very scary for any regular person to ask, and generally live in a way that might seem a bit odd to some.
But I like odd. I like scary. It keeps my blood flowing, and I don’t want to die a man who didn’t do what he wanted to do.
You may not understand where I’m coming from, but I know that deep down, if you don’t already live that type of life, you wish that you lived a life that was at least a little bit frightening.
It’s the fear of failure in my field that drives me to succeed, and in journalism, people flame out faster than you can pound your McDonald’s cheeseburger.
That’s just the reality. But that’s the journalism life for you.
Now that you know a little more about what I do, we can move on to more posts about what I go through on a daily basis, which I will highlight in future posts.
Until then, you can follow all my posts on the Home Page.