A couple of weeks ago, I shot a passionate email, on a whim, to a posting on the Manhattan craigslist writers' job board. I figured I wouldn't hear back - I've been shooting off the occasional passionate email to various places for a while now. I never get the call.
Imagine my surprise when I received an email back describing the job at Blogging Baby, a property of Weblogs, Inc. And imagine my further surprise when, many long days after I submitted my samples, I was asked to join the staff. It's not that I don't think I'm qualified - remember the "passionate email" part. I'm a good writer, I know, but it's tough to emerge from the wide, wide field.
It's vastly different from my work here...brief, current news, products, and links. It's also vastly fun. It's opening up my horizons, but largely an extension "work" I was doing already. It's great testing for Jyte. And it's encouraging me to keep on that writing track.
No, I'm not going to give up my day job. I love what I do. But I need this outlet, this reinforcement that I am a writer, first and foremost. I learned to love writing, to do it well, long before I learned to develop products, to forecast profitability, to create an RSS feed. And it gives me confidence that other writing projects are attainable.