I struggled with what to name this project. I sat staring at the URL selection menu on WordPress, my mind blank. Should I go with something witty and clever? Would I have a special name for this project and call myself something other than the name I was given at birth? None of those ideas seemed to fit. So I asked myself what I wanted from this project.
I wanted to create, but I also wanted to talk about creating. The struggles that come along with staring at a blank page, trying to figure out where to start. The struggles of external (and internal) expectations in writing. If you’ve ever taken a stab at writing, you know what I mean – can I make a living from this? Will I let others down if I fail?
Second, I wanted a place where I could share my thoughts in a way that might be inspirational to others. Does that mean I’m an inspirational person, one that others should look up to? Hardly. I hope that my brutal, painful honesty and struggles are an inspiration.
So there I was. Could it be that simple? Create and Inspire? Isn’t that… I don’t know, cheesy? Undoubtedly. I went with it anyway.
So here we are. This project is a place to create and to hopefully inspire. Eventually, I will ask others to chime in, to highlight their work and build a community of others looking to share their own struggles, passions, and creations.
Finally, my name is Brandt. No fancy pen name. Just Brandt. I look forward to getting to know you.