In the hustle and bustle of creating content to get this blog off the ground, it seems I committed a major faux pas.
…I failed to introduce myself.
Yeah, I know, I know. This is like Blogger 101, right? Well, I guess I was in a hurry to dive right into the meat and potatoes of Defend The Pen. I somehow let introducing myself slip through the cracks. No, having an about page and slapping up links to it isn’t good enough. I wanted to create a proper introductory post so that anyone who visits can get the gist of who I am.
So, in the spirit of good will, I’m taking this opportunity to say hello, and to share my goals are for Defend The Pen.
Hi! I’m Toni, and it’s a pleasure to meet you.
While creating this post, I realized this ISN’T my first blog. It’s actually the first time I’ve truly invested time, energy and money into blogging. I had free blogs on LiveJournal way back when and a Blogger created and abandoned.
How is Defend The Pen different?
It’s the first time I’ve created something specifically for helping others rather than just sharing my opinions. Defend The Pen exists because I want to help other writers not feel the stress and worry I’ve felt myself in the past.
I want to see freelance writers not just well-paid, but also happy. I want freelance writers to be content with their career choices and to meet their financial goals. I want to make people laugh and smile and remember why they became a writer. I want them to enjoy writing for both personal and professional reasons.
The above isn’t just a “catchy” phrase I came up with for this site. It’s loosely based on the saying, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” I sincerely believe this to be true. Time and time again, it is the written word that has stood the test of time in the face of censorship, injustice, cruelty, and even historical revisionism.
There is power in the pen…or keyboard. Or typewriter. However and whenever you choose to write. I want you to know that your thoughts matter and that your contribution to the world through writing is invaluable!
My Goals For Defend The Pen
I have a few very specific goals in mind for this website and what I want to accomplish. Some will happen within the coming days. Others, I imagine, could take years. In either case, I’m fully committed to making them happen. My goals for Defend The Pen are:
To Create A Regularly Updated Job Board
I know what it’s like to frequently be on the lookout for freelance writing jobs. Heck, I’m still on the hunt for new clients even as I type this! So whenever I come across freelance work, I hope to spread the word to writers who might be interested in the job.
That also includes giving a heads up about blogs that are accepting guest bloggers (and if that’s you, feel free to say so below!) or top websites requesting pitches. Don’t worry, I am all about avoiding scammers and low-paying writing jobs!
To Foster A Sense of Community And Trust
Throughout my four years as a freelance writer, I’ve met some great folks. I’ve received some great insight into the world of freelance writing. It’s just so interesting to me that even though freelance writing is a competitive business, there’s such an innate spirit of cooperation and goodwill.
Boy, would I have loved to have felt that back when I was working in retail. ^^’ But in all seriousness, this is a feeling that I want very much to see grow here on Defend The Pen.
When I get the opportunity (and it might take awhile), I’d like to create a Facebook group or forum as a companion to this website. It will certainly make it easier for everyone to share advice, critique each other’s writing, or share available job openings. More importantly, it will give each of us a place to come to when we’re feeling frustrated, lost, or might consider giving up.
To Publish eBooks SPECIFICALLY For “Frustrated Writers”
If you’ve been a writer or blogger for ANY stretch of time, there’s a good chance you’ve felt like throwing in the towel. I certainly I have! But what keeps me going is the reality that I can’t see myself doing anything else with my life except writing. Sure there are people who write part-time or who use writing/blogging as a side income. That’s great! I welcome all writers to Defend The Pen.
But what I’m really concerned with are those who embrace writing as a way of primary income — and life. For some of us, writing as a form of self-expression is intrinsic to who we are. And so walking away from it FOREVER seems like a horrible outcome. Not only are you losing a potential source of income, it could be that you’re losing a part of yourself.
I don’t want to see that happen to anyone! So there will be eBooks meant to help writers cope with various frustrating situations. Whatever you do, don’t give up!
To Turn This Blog Into A Source Of Viable Income…
…without sacrificing who I am and what the entire point of this blog is.
I don’t want to be the type of blogger that’s obsessed with getting rich. I don’t want to see visitors primarily as a source of financial wealth; I want to see them as friends, peers, and people who need help and encouragement. I don’t want to create a bazillion ad-filled affiliate posts where the primary goal is to sell to you rather than to HELP you!
Offering help and resources to writers is the heartbeat of Defend The Pen. It’s also at the heart of who I am: A nerdy, hair flower-collecting freelance writer who enjoys encouraging other writers to keep going.
Let me be your cheerleader.
Let me be your sounding board.
Let me be a source of inspiration and comfort.
And lastly, let me NEVER get to the point where earnings trump any of these goals.
I’m REALLY Glad To Meet You!
It’s true that this blog is relatively new and there’s really so much to do. I’m just sorry it took until rightfreakingnow for me to realize that it might be a good idea to tell you who the heck I am and what the entire point of Defend The Pen is.