If you’ve been following this site from conception, you notice a slight change. It originally started off as “Pen Pimps”. An idea I had to start a writers coalition and share all the great content from myself and fellow writers who wanted to be apart of the site. The idea gave me great joy and a much needed breath of fresh air and sunlight in what was a very dreary and somewhat dreadful time.
As I started developing this Pen Pimps brand the only thing that became consistent was me. I was doing all the writing. I was the content. I was the driving force. Also, there weren’t too many inquiries about being apart of the site. When you hop on the internet and start baring pieces of your soul, the game changes. My range of writing stalled some things as far as building a group brand. However, it did not stop the progress of the site itself. The clicks, the followers and momentum all kept building.
Yesterday, I took time to talk to some of the people who have been checking the content since day 1. I wanted to make sure that the thoughts in my head were right and to make sure I wasn’t putting the cart before the horse, like I am prone to do at times. I started thinking I need to build myself up first. Then, get to building a team/group. Now reading it in two sentences, it’s more than obvious what the right choice is. How can you start and impact a group without creating a start for yourself? It’s not possible.
The curse of thinking big is sometimes forgetting the small steps need to be executed first. That’s the curse for me. Trying to build this writers coalition at square one wasn’t the right move. That is the epitome of pouring from an empty cup. It was all supposed to start with me, then branch out to a bigger brand collective.
Two things were learned in the process though. First thing was, I definitely found an audience who still reads and is looking for a writer to gravitate to in some form or fashion. Second thing was, people were actually more invested in me than the idea of Pen Pimps. I didn’t really expect that. I always believed that people want to belong, be apart or follow an entity that is bigger than one person. That’s still true on the surface. What I neglected is the fact that people would be that interested in me and my Beautiful Disastrous world, ha! My loves, my loses, passions, desires, heartaches and pains are being well received. The intrigue of the man was bigger than the intrigue of the entity. It’s kind of dope though. It means for the first time ever, I can build the brand of me. No special or created name. No specific tunnel vision focus of brand. I can just be me at my core. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a huge difference. It’s just that you are going to see and get a lot of things from me that you don’t normally see on sites and social media. I will continue to reveal as a means to connect with the people that don’t know how or even if they should reveal like I do. I will speak for many. In time I will find out who they are and acknowledge them properly.
Pen Pimps isn’t gone. It’s plenty of Pen Pimps out there. I just coined the phrase. It will now be used as my term of endearment to my fellow writers across the world. One day it will be the grandiose coalition I envisioned a month ago. However, today is the official launch of me as Life Writer Cam. Ain’t nothing changed but the name and domain. I thank you all for accepting a more permanent transition.