People keep telling me I need to invest in my personal "brand" (I need to come up with a different term other than brand. To consider myself a brand feels a little too egocentric for my comfort level). This is what I know about myself. I love writing!! Writing is an extension of myself. I don't have any educational background in writing, my grammar may not be perfection, and I may not know much about structure...but I love it. There isn't a day that I don't want to write. Often times what I am writing is just stream of consciousness....a journal. There are mornings where I don't know what to write about and I will sit there until it comes to me because I WANT to write. And then, once my thought has passed, I try to come up with something else because I don't want to stop writing. I could write in my journal all day if I had the bandwidth.
I'm an observer. I always have been...I can trace it back to 1996 when I saw 'Harriet the Spy' with Michelle Trachtenberg and Rosie O'Donnell. Harriet would travel around her neighborhood, in a yellow trenchcoat, notebook in hand, spying on the same characters day in and day out. She would write her observations down, seeing things in people that they probably didn't see in themselves. She took the time to stop and look, to see others. I was drawn to this. Not so much the spying but the observing. It was after that film that I started my very first journal. What it evolved into was a sort of spying on myself, a look inside of my mind, an observation of my thoughts. I could write whatever I felt without the fear of judgment...it was the most liberating form of expression I had ever experienced.
From there I found poetry. There wasn't a particular poet that impacted me it was music...words coupled with beautiful sounds was my kryptonite. I would stay up late at night, laying in bed, listening to music I downloaded illegally over dial-up internet. It was a drug. What struck me about poetry was the ability to be completely vulnerable to the public in a sort of coded way...allowing the reader/listener to feel the impact of it in a way thats unique to them.
Nothing has had more of an impact on me than beautiful/ugly stories of human experience. I am interested in the journey of a human life. I’m interested in how our experiences affect how we see the world. I’m interested in the labyrinth that is the human mind. This is why I write. To understand. To find connection. To document my experience because I believe there is value in observing and analyzing the effects of such experiences.
So when I think of my personal brand...I think of writing. I think if I want to develop or find my "personal brand" I must develop and shape my voice as a writer...of which will always be evolving. This means investing money and time into some writing workshops. It means balancing my days so I nurture my creative side and not allowing myself to be consumed to the point of burn out by work. I'm not sure if I want to make writing my vocation...maybe...but I know I love sharing my experiences with you and I'm not sure why. Maybe it is completely self serving...I don't know if that's a bad thing. But I know I am going to keep doing it.
My goal is to write something on here every week. I'm looking for some input...is there anything any of you would like to see more of? Any topics you'd like to see me write about? Should I build a newsletter into my website? I am open to input of all sorts. If there are any questions anyone is interested in me answering please ask them. You can do so in the comments below or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to everyone who believes in and supports me.