Success story: Letter from a B/R writer about his new job
Breaking News Team Editor Michael Cahill shared an email recently from Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Aidan Reynolds, who wanted to thank Michael and others at B/R for the part they’ve played in helping him leave “the mundanity of my Monday-to-Friday job” and launch a career as a full-time writer.
Aidan agreed to let me post that letter here, with some light editing to remove a personal detail or two. A nice little inspiration to start the week.
I started writing for Bleacher Report in February 2012 as a break from the mundanity of my Monday-to-Friday job. Since the day I got approved to contribute to the site I realised that I wanted to make a living writing.
In working my way up the site through B/R U and the Advanced Program in Sports Media—and now to BNT—I encountered nothing but incredibly helpful people who have offered excellent advice and guidance. This gave me the confidence to write in other areas of interest, and I now contribute to music sites—including one I started myself—as well as B/R.
In turn, I started applying for full-time writing jobs that could supersede my current Monday-to-Friday existence. Anyway, to cut an increasingly long story short and save you some time, I got one of those jobs last week and earned a nice pay rise and some great perks in the process.
None of the above would have happened had I not sent in my writer’s application last February, so I’d just like to offer my thanks to everyone at B/R who has helped me along the way, in particular Andrew Brining and Neri Stein [of the Advanced Program in Sports Media]. It’s changed my life for the better and I appreciate it immensely.
Reynolds continues to write for Bleacher Report.