Last month, I constructed an article that initiated my latest series entitled Columnist Corner, where I share my many relatable experiences I've had since the day I became a wrestling fan. After receiving positive feedback from that inaugural piece, I've decided to continue on the series in hopes of hearing more similar stories from readers in the comment section below.
In my previous piece, I celebrated the four-year anniversary of the day I became a pro wrestling fan. Today, I celebrate yet another anniversary that will be remembered as the day that forever altered my perspective on wrestling.
On this day exactly two years ago, I was accepted to be a writer here on Bleacher Report. Now, I used to write wrestling blogs over at WWE Universe (WWE's version of Facebook) for awhile before it closed down last year, but I decided it was finally time to move on to something much bigger.
As part of the application, I was required to attach a sample of my writing as a preview of what I was capable of. Not knowing what to include, I simply took an excerpt of something I wrote on my website Next Era Wrestling earlier that week, with my fingers crossed, hoping it'd work.
After about two days, I received an email back from Bleacher Report saying I'd been accepted as a writer, and I was super psyched to start writing. I wouldn't be as grateful for the opportunity until just recently, when I was informed that not many people are accepted as writers on their first try.
From this point on, it was official that I had become a member of the Internet Wrestling Community, otherwise known as the IWC.
Although I started watching wrestling as late as April 2008, it wasn't until that November that I started to read the 'dirt sheets' such as PWMania.com and Lordsofpain.net in an attempt to know everything occurring behind the scenes.
Even while I was a part of WWE's social networking site, WWE Universe, I still hadn't known all that much about who the fans loved and who they hated. After I joined Bleacher Report, I finally became familiar with the masses' certain interests and who they despised.
Now that I was writing actual articles that could be viewed by anyone in the world, I took an extra interest in journalism and have been hoping to someday strive for a job in that specific field ever since. There's no denying that Bleacher Report has helped me improve immensely as a writer over the course of the past two years, so I can't thank them enough for that.
Many opponents of pro wrestling these days have stated that watching the product is nothing more than a form of entertainment that solely wastes time and does nothing to help the viewer whatsoever. Honestly, I beg to differ, as watching wrestling has taught me more about life and helped me grow as a person more than anything else I've ever experienced.
As corny as that may sound, there's some truth to it. When asked by a fellow who my inspiration is, I respond without hesitation that it's the WWE Superstars themselves (sorry, mom and dad).
If it wasn't for CM Punk, I wouldn't have learned to stand up for what I believe in and that honesty is always the best policy, regardless of how brutal the truth might be. If it wasn't for John Cena, I wouldn't have learned to 'rise above hate' as the Cenation leader has stated time and time again.
How does this relate back to becoming a member of the IWC, you might ask?
Simply put, sharing my experiences with wrestling fans that have had similar things occur to them broadened my perspective on wrestling as a whole. Not only through Twitter, but Twitter very much so as well.
Since becoming a member of the IWC, I've been lucky enough to meet a number of phenomenal people who share the same passion for pro wrestling as I do throughout the world. Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have only enhanced that statement, as those sites make it much easier to communicate with fans and wrestlers alike.
So, is it true that being a part of the IWC is necessarily a bad thing? Absolutely not.
While some may say that avoiding the dirt sheets may be the best bet, I prefer acquiring as much wrestling knowledge as I possibly can, inferring my own ideas and then exchanging thoughts with other members of the IWC.
Additionally, I think now would also be the perfect time to thank each and every one of you who have supported me in my journey since I began writing for Bleacher Report exactly two years ago today. Without you, there is no me, as cliche as that may sound.
Never did I think I would come this far as a journalist a mere two years later, with all the credit going to everyone who has continuously showed support since then. I've had a blast writing here on Bleacher Report for you guys over the last two years, and I can promise you that it's only the beginning.
Thanks for reading, Bleachers, and I hope you thoroughly enjoyed my second edition of "Columnist's Corner." Additionally, please drop a comment below with any relations you may have to my tale and include your thoughts as to whether these should continue based upon how much you enjoyed reading it.