I met Monika online way back in 2008 when I was just getting started blogging. I forget exactly how we connected, I only remember commenting on one of her posts where she had went on about some knucklehead grammarian who had made a lame attempt to blast her out of the water for a perceived grammar slip. My comment was pretty danged funny (if I do say so myself) and from that point on, a connection was made.
Monika put her faith in me and threw a bunch of freelance writing work my way. I learned a lot. Long tailed keyword articles were flying through the email. She helped me understand the Google keyword site and to this day I use that information. In a lot of ways, Monika has served as my mentor in the freelance writing arena. She has been generous and patient, even taking the hit with one of her clients when the work I submitted wasn’t really their cup of tea.
Then, nearly three years ago, she asked if I would contribute here and the saga has been allowed to continue. Four or so articles every month and with each one, I’ve learned a little more about myself and about freelance writing. I’ve been given free reign to post as I please. Really, could a freelance writer ask for a better gig? I think not.
In addition to the learning and the income, I received a huge added bonus. I’ve met Mark Pepper. I knew from the first writing of his that this guy was something special. His writing is funny, punchy and straight from the gut. I love seeing his posts come along because you just never know where he’s going to go next. All you really know is that you need to be strapped in for the ride. In addition to meeting a great writer whom I absolutely respect, I have made a friend. Mark and I have Skyped and developed a relationship I cherish. Number one on my bucket list is to hoist a cold beer with Mark whilst taking in a Spanish sunset. Mark, you rock.
So, if you’ve been paying attention at all, you see where this is going. Recently I have struggled with providing posts of the quality I expect of myself and deserving of the site that Monika has worked so hard to build. I’m in fear of being redundant and of not writing posts that are useful for folks. To that end, it’s time for a change. Time to freshen up the joint a bit. Time to step aside for a fresh voice.
Some of you folks have been faithful in your reading and your commenting. I’ve learned a lot from you and I’m frankly flattered by the loyalty. Thanks a lot.
I suspect I’ll still be around, maybe doing a guest post now and then. I think that this stuff never really leaves your blood. When my passion returns, you folks will be the first to know.