On Why I Chose Music Criticism over Movie and Sports Writing

I love to write about the things I’m passionate about, not the things I know barely anything about.

My whole life sports never really did it for me as I never did well at sports when I was younger, and some of the people who bullied me were the “jock” types. I’m glad sports culture as a whole can give people a greater sense of unity and belonging though.

Speaking of people that seek belonging, as a video gamer and comic book fan my expectations have constantly been betrayed by the money hungry story butchering giant known as Hollywood. The Resident Evil films were unfaithful to the game (as are most video game based movies). However, I will say comic book.movies have gotten much better.

I will always love basketball and a great Simon Pegg comedy, but I will be the guy making sarcastic commentaries on the Billboard Top 100 songs as those songs are never repetitive and totally have great lyrical depth to their meaning.

-Tatteybye

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Journalism vs Blogging (RE: Opinionated Man)

This blog goes as a shout out to the brilliant blogger Opinionated Man who has helped influence my blogging prose since I began reading his posts close to a year ago.

I can remember reading his post “Journalism vs Blogging” in February and the point that OM brought up was that he heard most Journalists don’t get paid very well and are “a dime a two dozen.” And as a Journalist I can confirm that as the truth from my own personal experiences. Most of the jobs directly available in the Journalism field are for editors, stringers, and sports writers. And as a Music Journalist I am not in a very lucrative position for any of those jobs.

And like in any field, you have a lot of competition out there. So being punctual and having strong active voiced writing is what will benefit an upcoming writer the most. Because I wasn’t punctual it’s been over a year since I’ve had an article published. That year has felt like an eternity in purgatory  That being said, I’d like to get back in the game again to help get my name out there.

As such, I will soon be buying a blog domain and naming it “Arts and Ethos of New England” for the online arts magazine I want to start someday. I am doing so because I want to be my own boss, and the best kind of non-paying work to do is your favorite hobby.

The purpose of this magazine will be to help up and coming talent get their name out to the world. As a Feature Writer I figure everyone has an interesting story to tell, and I want to make it my job to make sure they get heard saying it.

-Tatteybe