For the better part of the last decade I’ve been fortunate enough to write for quite a few websites. Many of the sites I started to write for stemmed from simply being a fan of the content that was currently there, or the desire to work closely with the founders of a new site and being able to watch it grow over time.
It’s funny (well, kind of funny) to look back when I first made an effort to get my work published and got my writing sample accepted by Bleacher Report. I remember getting that email saying “welcome aboard” and I genuinely thought that was going to be my first step to a long, lucrative writing career. One in which I’d be able to quit my job and just write for a living. It took a couple of years, but I finally realized that it can’t be a career, at least not for me.
Don’t get me wrong, writing for various sites has allowed me to do things I feel very fortunate to have experienced, especially as it relates to MMA. Sitting cage side as part of the media for UFC 157 (Ronda Rousey’s first UFC fight), going to Las Vegas prior to that to cover UFC 155 and being part of media row. Those are just a couple of the experiences I’ve had and that’s not counting the many interviews I’ve been able to conduct with fighters and athletes simply because I’ve believed in the people I chose to write for and they’ve led me towards the path of success.
What is success in writing? It’s different for everyone. For me, it’s being part of a like-minded staff who are working their tails off to make the site successful. Take, for example, Combat Press (combatpress.com). Bryan Henderson and Rob Tatum work tirelessly to improve that site each and every day. I’ve been on and off their staff for a few years now, and I keep coming back because I see how passionate they are about the site and I want to continue to help in whatever small way I can.
I’m excited to say, after being away for nearly a year, I’ll be writing for Combat Press once again starting next week.
There’s also another endeavor that I’ve been wanting to pursue and that is finding a way to utilize my writing to promote the Arena Football League.
Thankfully, I’ve come across an opportunity that I believe falls into this same category of working with like-minded individuals to accomplish a common goal. Kyle over at AFL Fan Zone (aflfanzone.com) explained a vision he had for me that included all sorts of good stuff to help promote arena football. Why do I have a passion for arena football? Well, that’s exactly why I’m taking a writing position with them starting September 1. The position may very well also spin off into videos, podcasts, etc, and I’m excited to get started.
What I can tell you about my love for arena football is that my family of five go to each LA KISS home game and we have such a good time. The in game experience of an AFL game is something you should check out. I watch these players put in just as much hard work as those in the NFL, but just about all of them go unnoticed. I want to bring you their stories, and do what I can to help promote these players in a way that they should be promoted. Arena football is an exciting sport to watch, and I look forward to sharing that passion with you.
Writing is no longer this pipe dream of one day becoming a lucrative career for me, and I’m completely at peace with that. I learned that I wouldn’t want it to be my career, and it’s the perfect hobby to have. I’m thankful to have a career in which I spend my days doing my best to help keep children and schools safe. It’s truly something that I envision doing the rest of my life, and I work for an amazing company.
On the surface it would appear that after I’m done working, parenting, being a husband and coaching, there wouldn’t be any time to write. True, just about all my writing takes place late at night or on the weekends, but don’t ever use the “not enough time” as an excuse to not pursue something you enjoy. Whether it’s exercise, rolling around on the floor with your kids, calling a family member, or a hobby you want to tackle, you can always make time for it. Sure, you may lose an hour of sleep or won’t be able to spend as much time watching TV or playing a video game, but there’s time. YOU just have to make time for IT.
I don’t post much to Facebook anymore due to all the political crap you have to scroll through to actually see a good post, but you can find me on Twitter and Instagram (@JoeChacon), and of course in my little space here on my website.