Is It SquidRich or Waxing-Lyrical?
So, what does SquidRich like to write about and how did he come to be doing it online? There is one person who he cites as his inspiration and mentor.
Living in America
A Life Changing Move
Originally from a small, country town in England called Godalming (pronounced God-all-ming), my life changed dramatically when I made the decision to be with the love of my life and move to the USA.
It was 2000 and giving up a 20+ year career and moving overseas was a daunting and scary prospect. Apart from what Bonnie, my future wife, had told me, I knew next to nothing about life in the States or what to expect. Luckily, I had a plan in place: I wanted to complete my education and try to obtain a degree. With my banking background and that degree, my hope was to be in a position to apply for a good job.
It was while at the University in Akron that I discovered my love for writing. As a teenager in England, writing and school were a chore. Later in life, and learning how better to express myself, it soon became a joy.
Building a Presence Online
Here, There and Everywhere
Completing my studies and gaining that degree, searching for that elusive job hit many brick walls. That is when a decision was made to try our luck online.
eBay became my site of choice for several years as both Bonnie and I began a "career" at the auction site. It was successful for a time, especially when Bon returned to one of her favourite activites: creating her own crochet designs. People loved them, and when Etsy came online I set up a shop for her there. But like all home businesses, promotion was a key element. That is when she discovered Squidoo.
Starting off mainly as a tool to showcase her crochet, it soon became her addiction. Finding a site where she could utilise her creative side and continue to crochet was a match made in heaven. Soon she had me sucked in too, as I helped out where I could with suggestions for lens content. Never fully an active member myself, we became a Squidoo team. She did all of the creative side and I did the grunt work.
It was at this point that she suggested I open my own account.
Writing on Squidoo
A New Beginning
Although I opened a Squidoo account at the end of 2008, it wasn't until a year later that I really became involved.
There was one article I had always wanted to write, one that I never previously had the courage to put into words. A dark period in my life which seemed all too personal to lay bare online. But, with a lot of encouragement, I began putting my thoughts together and soon my first lens went live: Living With Leukemia.
I was touched and bowled over by the reaction to the lens. Not long after publication, I was astounded to learn that it had become Lens of the Day. This was my spur to carry on writing and hopefully earn a few dollars doing so.
With a love for popular music, especially music from the 1970s, Waxing-Lyrical was born and I have not looked back. Just to confuse matters, I'm SquidRich everywhere else, but I still like to wax lyrical if I can!