To anyone who follows this blog (something I naturally recommend all of you do), I may have been sounding like a broken record lately. For the past several posts, I mention at some point how I haven’t been very productive lately—not writing much, I need to get busy with my writing projects, woe is me, etc. You can imagine my surprise when, a couple weeks ago, I applied for—and was offered—a recurring writing gig. Paid, no less!
Let me backtrack for a minute. Way back in the days of yore (aka the 90s) I got into pro wrestling. Like, really into it. I had a circle of friends who were into it, and we’d get together to watch the monthly pay-per-views, sometimes even the weekly shows, and just had an all around blast. I even wrote once about my fondness for pro wrestling on this very blog (read that here).
But, life happens, as it is wont to do, and gradually the circle of friends drifted apart. Add to that a significant other who wasn’t too into wrestling if it wasn’t a social affair, and a general decline in the wrestling product available to me (WWE), and eventually wrestling was no longer something I watched. It was just a fond memory from the old glory days of youth. But then, about a year or so ago, a new coworker started who was into wrestling. We got to talking, and it didn’t take long for me to be bitten by the bug again. Pro wrestling is going through a bit of a resurgence, and there’s never been a better time to be a fan (I’ll save the “you all should give pro wrestling a chance” schpiel). Plus, with the internet and streaming, it’s never been easier to watch a variety of wrestling promotions—you’re not limited to the WWE Universe (which is what they consider it, akin to Marvel) anymore.
I tell you all that to tell you this. A couple of weeks ago, I was browsing Facebook when I happened upon an ad for a page I follow, called The Signature Spot. The ad said they were looking for contributors to write a piece or two a month, and it was a paying gig. I reread it a second time, and thought it over. I had been whining about not being productive with my (fiction) writing, and here was a chance to get paid to write about a topic I enjoyed a great deal. It seemed a win-win, so I went ahead and sent in my resume.
I got the gig, and my first piece went live on Friday! If you’re so inclined, you can read it here. It’s a bit of alternative history, wondering how things could’ve gone differently if a certain wrestler hadn’t left the company he was in for WWE. I’m currently working on my second piece now, so it might be a little early to comment, but I will say this: between having an assignment, a deadline, and getting paid, I feel productive with my writing for the first time in a long time. Plus, The Signature Spot has pretty impressive reach, so knowing a pretty good amount of eyes are seeing what I’m writing is really rewarding. In the long term, I’m hoping this also gets me used to writing regularly again. Gotta get back into that habit!
I guess part of the reason for this post was just so I could brag into the void that I got a paid writing gig, but also I just thought maybe some of you out there (voidians? voidiots?) might like to see that if you keep your eyes open there might be opportunities that present themselves, even if it’s not something you ever thought you’d see yourself doing. Who knows, it might be just what you needed.