A few weeks ago, The Cardboard Connection was advertising for some writing positions. I took a look at the application and thought to myself, "How cool would it be to get paid for writing about baseball cards?" I told the wife about it, and I was pleasantly surprised when she encouraged me to go for it. So I took a chance, filled out the app, and submitted a writing sample (it was actually a post from my blog). They say you can't win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket, so I gave it a shot.
I never though in a million years that I would land a paying gig writing about the hobby. I have no formal journalism training and no experience writing (other than my blog). Speaking of my blog, it wasn't too long ago that I made a post about how I felt that I wasn't contributing to the hobby.
That's about to change.
About a week went by after I submitted my application online. Then one day, out of the blue, I'm checking my Blackberry and I see an email from Mike Smeth, owner of The Cardboard Connection. He was offering me position on their staff! Can you believe it? I half-way expected the Candid Camera crew to come around the corner. I was on cloud-nine! It's still surreal to me.
The whole experience has been very humbling. There are probably hundreds of bloggers out there that have been around the hobby a lot longer than I have. Several of you guys write blogs that I consider to be quality material. The thing I find most humbling is that the people who read my blog and have blogs themselves are the same people that have taught me a lot of what I know about the hobby of collecting sports cards. I owe you my gratitude.
I'll be sure to post a link and Tweet about my first article when it gets posted.