A Writer’s Journey: Why blogging about Wrestling means everything

This week will be a new wave of Wrestler’s Spotlight segments, but this is why blogging Wrestler’s Spotlight means everything to me as a writer.

The wrestling world has changed in so many ways, and it’s only going to keep changing as time goes by. The wrestling world has so much talent that it is almost impossible to keep up. Even if a person was to watch wrestling every day of the week, they will still likely miss some talent that has performed.

That’s why I have started doing segments called the Wrestler’s Spotlight. It is a segment that I take great pride in writing 2-3 times a week. Before I was ever a writer, I wanted to be a wrestler, had it all planned and did my homework to train right after I graduated high school.

Life had other plans after I hurt my knee. Even though my dreams changed, I turned to my other passion of writing. My love for wrestling continued to grow. That love turned into wishing that I was more involved with wrestling in some way.

After seeing negative posts by fellow writers and major outlets that were focused on news for the sake of clicks and in some cases, tried to tear down a wrestler with nasty rumors. The positive was a few and far in between.

That’s the thing about wrestling that I have observed, writing can build someone up, and it can tear someone down. It even hit home with a few that I even interact with daily. The number of journalists who take it upon themselves to spread something just for a wrestler to retweet and shoot down a rumor should be enough to show a lack of credibility.

It has been years since I went to school for journalism and to be honest, I don’t have credentials as a degree-holding journalist, but I became a writer. Working on scripts, blogs, and anything creative while gaining my bachelor’s degree in creative writing. I decided to use that to my advantage with blogs.

There are many routes to take creatively and it all started with an actress by the name of Stephanie Andujar who caught my eye with her entertaining YouTube channel StephA: One Woman Show. After the interview with Stephanie, I moved on to interviewing wrestlers.

A wrestler by the name of Shayla Hyde also known to some as Joan King has a way of presenting ideas without even realizing it. As a friend and top support during the earliest days freelancing, she showed support and her support continued when I wanted to branch out on my own.

As time went by, things only got worse with so-called journalists and rumor mills by larger websites. It was time for something to change and it broke my heart seeing it. People read a headlined and determined they had enough of the websites and journalists.

There are so many talented wrestlers who are out in the industry who may not be given the spotlight, because websites opt for juicy gossip, as opposed to focusing on the best part of wrestling that people may or may not know.

That’s where the idea of Wrestler’s Spotlight was taken. It’s a small platform made by me with the hope of showing people five simple questions from the perspective of a fan. These five simple questions and sections are all it takes to get to know them as a competitor in the ring and what makes this individual special as a wrestler.

All the answers will always vary from wrestler to wrestler and it will capture their individual in-ring personalities and how they perform in the ring.

My hope is to spread the messages and display their work so fans may be able to keep up with the best competitors that the independent circuit has to offer. if one fan who may not know them suddenly finds something else positive to watch out for, then it is a success in my eyes.

The goal is to have at least 100 Wrestler Spotlight segments to share wrestlers and display their talent in full glory. Stay tuned only on SocialMediaUncut.com for the next Wrestler’s Spotlight segments to see who is next to have the spotlight shine bright on them.

A Writer’s Life: Joining a team

A writer that has generally been on his own joining a team is an adjustment and a new adventure that forced much needed changes when it comes to being on a team.

This week has been eventful filled with a lot of self-discovery when it comes to writing. Those who have been following my journey via Twitter know that I do script writing, blogging, and contribute to a team called Undead Walking. The transition was the hardest thing I have ever went through. I believe the self-discovery has prepared me for the future and helped me grow as a writer.

Since it isn’t a script or a blog on this website, I had to learn that it is a whole different ballgame and I had to learn the rules fast, or my time would have been more difficult. Learning that took me a few months because as a writer, I didn’t trust anyone else’s instincts but my own.

We have heard it repeatedly, there is no “I” in the word team. I know some of you probably rolled your eyes just now or said a sarcastic remark. Well here is a new one for you, there is an “I” in time, so if you want to save time, you must adhere to the rules of being on a team.

I considered parting ways with Undead Walking after season 9 of The Walking Dead was over. It was a hard road, and I wanted to invest my time into my own projects. When the final episode was over, I felt that the three-month journey was coming to an end.

I figured that I would be back as a lone wolf working on projects as I graduate from college and things would go back to the way it was before. Deep down I didn’t want it to end since I enjoyed writing the pieces as a contributor. While talking with both editors, it was an all-in effort to make it work with Undead Walking.

The problems I have had the whole time were finally being addressed. I didn’t let my guard down and didn’t trust anyone but myself. A big part of that was the few times I have been on a team and got burned in the process, so I kept my guard up with this team and didn’t trust anyone.

After the release of the article, it was a success and I decided to continue to be part of the team on a part-time basis. Why is that important you may ask? Writers like myself been on our own for years and we have grown used to doing it our way. Our way may work for some things, but it won’t work for all things.

If you have a chance to contribute to a team, Undead Walking, Bleacher Report, or any website that calls for it, I highly suggest it. It will not only change your thinking but add more to an individual as a writer with personal growth. Any writer is one of us, and that trust can help us build even more bridges with fellow writers in the future.