A Collaboration and a Publication

G’day, mate! Vegemite! Outback Steakhouse? Welp, that just exhausted my Australian lexicon. You may be asking, “Dan, why are you using Australian slang? Is this your way of introducing a bold move across the world?” It is not, but it does signify what I consider to be an exciting development in my writing.

Last year, a website called North Blog reached out to see if they could publish one of my posts. I hadn’t heard of them before receiving the inquiry, but after some research, I found out that they are an Australian-based “blogozine” that posts stories from writers around the world. After perusing their plethora of visual, diverse articles, I grew excited to see how my content could add to their growing catalog of work.

We went back and forth and ended up deciding to have them publish my post about going without media for two weeks. Once I had completed the challenge and written the post, I sent them the copy. They said that they loved what I had written but asked me to send images to accompany it.

*Insert the sound of crickets*

As you probably know by now, I rarely include images with my posts, so I wondered how in the world I would be able to provide them photographs that could accompany my post. However, not wanting to miss out on this opportunity, I told them that I would work on getting some images captured.

It turns out that the photography help was practically sitting under my nose because my roommate, Adam, has a photography business. I explained the idea, added that the salary would be an enticing $0, and asked if he would be willing to help. He was more than happy to lend his skills to the project, and we soon set a date to shoot the photos.

When the time came, I walked downstairs feeling like a celebrity about to enter their Annie Leibovitz photoshoot for Vanity Fair. In no time, Adam and I began setting up shots and were soon busy capturing the images that would accompany the post.

I felt like a Sears catalog model as I posed for shots that included me holding a chess piece, brushing my teeth, and lying in bed next to an overturned Jane Fonda autobiography. (Confused about why I would need those poses for the blog? Check out the article below to see how they fit with what I wrote). Thanks to my friendship with Adam, taking the photos was an immensely enjoyable experience, and before long, I was ready to send the shots to the authors of the blog.

The post was shared on their site shortly after I sent them the images, and I could not have been happier with the results. I didn’t initially set out to complete both my goal to get published and to collaborate, but that is how it ended up working out. The entire experience was a blast, and I look forward to seeing what kind of projects I can work on in the future.

Be sure to check out the published post HERE

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