Hi there welcome! I’m Rod.
Believe it or not this is the probably the 7th time I remake this website since I originally purchased this domain back in 2013. However, today I finally discovered its purpose. Let me tell you more.
I love writing
First, an honest disclaimer: I am not an english major or have a degree in journalism or anything of the sort. I am strictly self taught when it comes to writing, and I love it!
I started writing a long time ago. I’d say around 24 years ago (late teenage years). But most of what I wrote back then were songs. I formed a band back in 1996 and all members contributed a series of talents including song writing, music composition, arrangements and production. But that story I’ll have to share later. We played for close to 10 years and have some great anecdotes.
Writing songs for the band did two things for me: one, I fell in love with writing, and second, I had the opportunity to practice and create the habit. Then in the early 2000’s I moved into a management position which exposed me to a more formal and professional type of writing (i.e. documents, procedures, emails etc), and of course more regularly.
But it wasn’t until I started a website design business in 2008 that I started developing my own style. A key aspect of any website design project is content creation. This is also the part that most companies have difficulty with.
In a period of about 5 years I must have built around 50 websites, and I probably wrote content for 75% of those. Most sites I built back then had between 7 to 12 pages. So it was a lot of content. As the expression goes; “practice makes better“.
I don’t consider myself a great writer by any means. But to me, there’s something almost magical about sitting down and start telling a story, sharing tips, an anecdote, or simply getting something out of your chest. I absolutely love and enjoy that process.
There seems to be a close connection between books [reading] and writing. I had always enjoyed reading but never really did much of it. That is until early 2009.
A few months after I started my web design business, I came across a book.
I remember holding a styrofoam cup filled with coffee (my favorite drink by the way). I was waiting for my wife to come out of a meeting and just hanging around the break room.
As I was casually wandering around the room, I happened to see some books on top a metal filing cabinet. They were all the same book and the name was “How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. And as my instinct took over, I put down the coffee and proceeded to read a few pages.
I loved it! It was just so easy to read and comprehend.
When my wife finally came out of the meeting, her boss at that time asked me if I’d like to take two or three copies with me. “We have a cabinet full of these books” she said, “take them”. So I did.
That was approximately 10 years ago and I still have one last copy left. This copy now sits along 400 other books that form my small but humble library at home. I have probably read about 70% of my books, not all of them. But ever since, I’ve gotten in the habit of reading at least 25 books per year.
There is no doubt that reading plays a key role when writing.
Helping others improve their writing
Hopefully I haven’t bored you yet, so let me wrap this up.
My goal with this website is to share tips and ideas that can help anyone improve their writing. So if you’re someone trying to polish your writing skills, develop your own style, developing the habit of writing consistently, or need ideas and suggestions or simply need inspiration, you are in the right place.
Whether you’re writing will be used for personal, school, work, book or simply blogging, I’d love the opportunity to share my thoughts and ideas with you. I’ve picked up a few things along the way that I feel could help others.
Finally, if you ever have any questions or need some constructive feedback, as long as I have the time, I’m happy to help. I do operate and run a small business and I can get pretty busy at times. Here’s how you can reach out to me.