Field Gulls is always looking for new writers. A reminder that we have the Field Gulls Fanpost contest where aspiring writers and fans are encouraged to post something on Doug Baldwin or Kam Chancellor — but I’ll also open that up to subjects of any kind related to the Seahawks.
A quick note on how I became a full-time writer for my own career: I started writing fanposts for Lookout Landing in the mid-to-late aughts. I did this simply because I had ideas in my head that I felt I had to get out there and the idea that anyone would read them was almost non-consequential. The concept of getting paid to be a full-time writer and to have a job as a writer covering the Seahawks, to be paid for it, never crossed my mind.
I did this for a few years, growing from Lookout Landing fanposts, to Field Gulls fanposts, to finally getting a job writing for the SB Nation fantasy website Fake Teams in 2011. I never asked Danny Kelly for a job at Field Gulls but in the fall of 2011 he asked me if I’d be interested to write for him after seeing my fanposts and my work at Fake Teams. I of course agreed. In fact, I was more elated to be hired at Field Gulls than even when I started writing for Rolling Stone in 2014, a job that I never would have gotten if I wasn’t employed by SB Nation in 2011, which would have never happened if not for fanposts.
People often come to me asking to write for Field Gulls and I always tell them the same thing: write a fanpost. I wrote dozens and I never asked for anything in return and things just started returning to me anyway. I believe that this is how the universe works and I’m certainly not the originator of this centuries old concept. That being said, I understand that there are talented writers who haven’t written fanposts before. All of us on Twitter see the meteoric rise of Cable Thanos without being known prior to last fall.
Could you be the next Cable Thanos? (The writing version.)
In eight years, I’ve gone from just a user writing fanposts to the managing editor at Field Gulls and a freelance writer on the side who has worked for Rolling Stone, Esquire, The AV Club, Vulture, Splitsider, and others. I’ve been inside eight or nine NFL locker rooms post-game, including the 2014 NFC Championship game in Seattle. I’ve had a video posted on SportsCenter, watched Shark Tank from the sidelines of a live taping, spoken to Fred Armisen and Bill Hader on the set of Documentary Now!, and had multiple conversations with Guy Fieri. How could life be any better than that?
It started with a fanpost and grew over years of cultivating whatever my voice is. If writing is of interest to you, I encourage you to dip into the fanposts and see how you like it. That’s where I almost always pull new writers and will be doing soon thanks to this contest.
Thanks for reading, thanks for helping me achieve my own personal dreams by being readers, and Go Hawks!