When I began my foray into freelance writing, approximately two years ago, I had no idea how much Family Footnote would come to mean to me. The thought of operating a blog actually terrified me because it involved: the internet, self promotion through social media, and a vulnerability that I was not sure I had the chops to handle.
Thank goodness for Tessa! We decided to take this leap together because we both needed a platform to build a writing resume and some storytelling confidence. She and I also had so many questions and topics regarding family and life bouncing around in our brains that we needed a blog to let us unleash them.
I love writing, interviewing, and connecting with people. However, I do not think I would be having as much fun typing away on my laptop if it were not for Family Footnote. This blog allows readers, editors, and publishers to see my writing voice. They can better understand my tone, interviewing style, and rhetoric after seeing my personal stories online. Plus publishing a weekly blog gives me more courage when it comes to submitting to other outlets.
Recently one of these “other outlets” hired me as a contributor for their print magazine. Black Hills FACES is a beautiful publication that profiles amazing people from all over South Dakota. I have done some steady freelance work for them in the past and am now fortunate enough to join the team as a regular writer. They let me represent the “East River” side of South Dakota, which involves interviewing interesting people and learning lots of new things.
My most recent story is about a beer hops farmer that is making craft brew much more flavorful. I have also written about a talented actress with a remarkable singing voice, a park manager who oversees one of the prettiest nature preserves in the Midwest, a college professor who moonlights as a commercial fisherman, and an entrepreneur who mentors potential business owners while also growing his own companies and dreams.
One of the coolest things about this magazine is that it is only available in print. They have a website and provide teasers to their articles, but in order to read the full stories a person must get a subscription or order a single hard copy issue. I think this is really neat, especially in a digitally dominate age. Plus I love seeing my words on printed paper!
If you are looking for a great stocking stuffer and are also a fan of Family Footnote, consider purchasing a subscription to this quarterly magazine. Black Hills FACES has wonderful stories that originate in South Dakota and resonate with the Midwest, while still appealing to an audience from all over the country.
Click here to learn more about Black Hills FACES Magazine.