I have been writing online since I was 17 years old.
In 2007, I was one of the highest ranked World of Warcraft players in North America with one of the first e-famous gaming blogs on the Internet. By the time I graduated high school, I had over 10,000 daily readers and had positioned myself as a powerful voice in the world of competitive gaming.
In 2008, I attended arguably one of the top journalism schools in the country, the University of Missouri. My professor addressed our lecture hall of 500 students with a powerful statement: "The world of blogging is a trend and will never be a credible source of writing." As an already established blogger, I disagreed, and transferred schools the next year.
In 2012, I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in creative writing. My first internship was at a digital marketing agency downtown Chicago, and I was introduced to the idea of writing and building an audience on social media.
In 2013, I was knee-deep in the world of bodybuilding. I had been lifting for years, and decided to start micro-blogging on Instagram, sharing daily workouts and nutritional advice. In less than a year, I built an audience of 15,000 followers, and became a blogger and influencer for a variety of publications and fitness brands.
In 2014, I began writing on a platform called Quora. I answered questions relating to all of my interests: gaming, fitness, music, digital marketing, and writing. In less than 3 months, I had my first answer go viral, landing on the front page of Reddit. That answer has since accumulated over 1.1M views. A month later, I had my first Quora answer republished by a major publication, Inc Magazine.
By 2015, I became a Top Writer on Quora and was having a different Quora answer republished by a major publication every single week for almost 6 months straight. Publications include: TIME, Forbes, Fortune, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Observer, Slate, and more. I began to establish myself as a thought leader in the world of content writing and personal branding, explaining to people the ins and outs of expressing their unique voice and building an audience online—something I had already done for myself in both the gaming and the fitness industries.
In 2016, I had already had so much of my content republished by Inc Magazine that I was given a daily column. Since then, I have written over 200 columns for the publication, accumulating a handful of viral hits, each accumulating anywhere from 100,000 to 1M+ views.
I also published my first book, a memoir called Confessions of a Teenage Gamer, detailing what it was like growing up undiagnosed with celiac disease and at the same time becoming a nationally recognized gamer. The book was self-published and debuted on Amazon reaching #2 in two separate categories. The book has since gone on to sell copies in over 30 countries around the world.
From the moment I found my first reader online as a gaming blogger, I knew the power of the Internet. I understood the value of having an audience, and slowly learned the art of separating your voice from everyone else's and carving out a niche of your own.
What Do I Do?
In addition to being an artist and author, I teach people how to establish themselves and their own unique voice online. I teach them how to build their personal brand, how to build a loyal following, and how to write content in a way that attracts massive attention and has the potential to be republished by major publications.
Inc Magazine Column
Inc Magazine Features
The Huffington Post