Q&A Series: Take One

So, the other night, I thought, “You folks have no idea who I am.” Well, alright, I guess you do. But, only through the stories I write. I haven’t *told* you who I am, like…directly.

Not to mention, my About Page is not only poorly written, but it’s also painfully vague and boring. Hah! Yikes! Honestly, I suck at bios. I never quite know what I should be saying about myself, what’s relevant, or what’s interesting. It’s strange to live in a time where so much of ourselves exists online. It’s difficult to know where to draw the line — if there is even a line, at all.

Naturally, I went to social media for a bit of help, specifically, to Twitter. I was prompted with the idea of posting a Q&A. Then I wondered, how can I make this even more interactive?

I want to start a series of Q&As to connect with other writers and bloggers, not only to share more about myself, but perhaps to learn a bit more about you, too. So, each time I am asked a question from the community, I will feature that author, blogger, or artist on my blog with hopes that we can get to know each other a little bit better.

What’s your best and worst bit about blogging? — Katie Lauren

By far, the best bit about blogging is connecting with other people in the community and discovering new and exciting talent among artists, bloggers, and writers. I love content creators, and even more so, I love to discover them — from slam poets to Twitch streamers — I love them all.

Do you. Do you so hard. Do you even when the world doesn’t want you to. I want to see your best work. I want to see you grind. I want to see you in your element. I want to see you SHINE.

The worst bit? Well, it’s work! Even if you love it, and that’s why you do it, you’re still doing it for very little to no money at the beginning. It’s an investment of time, effort, ideas, sweat, and tears. In my opinion, you should do it anyway, whatever *it* is, if you enjoy it.

Honestly, I truly believe the world needs it. The world needs your art. The world needs your writing. Someone is always benefiting, more often than not, in a very big way.

All I can say is this: Just do your best, because your best will always pay off. Perhaps you will make a friend, build a stellar portfolio, or EVEN, god-forbid, make a few bucks.

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What prompted you to start blogging? — Stewart Bint

Like everyone else, I simply felt like I had something worth saying. I had something beneficial to share. I had something to teach. I felt I could help, heal, and change people with words. I wanted to be an influence. Still do. We all do. More importantly, we all can.

As much as I wanted to tell my story, I really wanted to hear yours. I hoped that, by taking the stage, using this platform, I would reach the world, and we would talk.

That conversation I want to have, that message that is worth sharing, of course, has evolved over the years.

When I first started blogging, I was really interested in sharing what it’s like to move from a small town in Hawaii to New York City. I miss home. But, this city is the best city in the world. I can’t explain it. You just have to experience it yourself.

It’s kind of like always existing at the beginning of the future. Being able to witness societal change and innovation in my backyard…it’s really something else. I am humbled to have been able to move out here at age 20 to study. I’ve met people from all over the world. It’s amazing.

Today, I write a lot more about the world around me, and the lessons I’ve learned through adversity. Scar Tissue is a good example of this. While all those wonderful things happened, I also fought a tyrant landlord in court for 8 months, and then lost — not only my case, but also my apartment, which prompted my husband and I to becoming homeless. After a year of hopping from one homeless shelter to another, we finally have a roof again!

I also write quite a bit about writing. Writing is my life, both in a personal and professional sense. This is what I’ve studied extensively for nearly 10 years. I’ve also worked as a research writer and writing instructor. I’ve written for several online publications through the Hub Pages network, as well as others. I am very passionate about writing, so much so that I dedicated an entire corner of this blog to it: the Writer’s Corner!

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