Life is unpredictable to say the least. Throw in the hockey gods, and you really can’t predict how the game of life will go. For example, I started freelance blogging for the FanSided Sports Network covering the Carolina Hurricanes and I wasn’t sure how it would pay off. I was a hockey fan that needed an outlet from my depressing full-time job. I always wanted to be a full-time writer, but I didn’t figure that out until after I had a degree in Human Development and Special Education. Doh.
Why am I telling you this? I hope that I can give a little inspiration to your dreams, plus I have some news. I wrote for pennies blogging for over a year. It was tough with a full-time job that required a lot of extra hours, but I believed it would bring me closer to my goals of writing as a professional. I came head-to-head with challenges from the start. This is where I realized dreams aren’t made a reality without some help.
This may be a sad version of an Oscar speech, but I would like to thank some folks that helped made my dream come true before I get to my point. First, Frank Rekas was my editor and director at FanSided. He gave me an opportunity to write despite my lack of sports writing experience. Thank you, Frankie! Caity Kauffman picked me up after my first “hate mail.” She was a fellow blogger at the time and now she is the Social Media & Digital Marketing Manager for the Tampa Bay Lightning. You go girl! Tim Redinger also gave me a shot co-hosting a Blog Talk Radio Show that taught me a ton. Finally, Mike Maniscalco took me under his wing when I went to the NHL Awards in Vegas. Even though I totally chickened out during the Jeff Skinner interview, it was awesome to see how things operated behind the scenes.
So, where is this all leading? Since I had a job that paid the bills, but didn’t give me the satisfaction I craved, I started Outer Edge Threads. It did exactly want I wanted. It gave me the satisfaction and ability to be creative. I was able to help non-profits, like the Kids ‘n Community Foundation (thanks to the amazing EYECANDYAIR) and the Carolina Fury. Joe Warner also deserves HUGE kudos for designing 90% of the shirts. Badass designs, Joe! However, in a weird twist, my experience helped me land a full-time writing that I LOVE! I no longer feel the need to pour my time and money into a hobby.
Bottom line, I’m closing Outer Edge Threads as of January 2014. It was awesome to host a hockey clothing line in the south. I accomplished what I wanted. I raised enough money to support charities I love and hopefully proved hockey is alive and well in the south.
I’d also like to give thanks to the professionals that supported our small hockey biz in North Carolina: Casey Borer, Justin Pogge, Zack Fitzgerald, , Lukas Sutter, David Rutherford, Nick Zajac, Hockey Broad, and Chad Liley. Thank you so much for the interviews and wearing our threads.
Ok, this is starting to sound depressing. It was a fun ride, y’all! Cheers to the best sport in the world and accomplishing your dreams! As cheese as it sounds, never give up on your goals. My freelance work and company helped me score big. If I can help in any way, give me a holler.
You can purchase OET gear on sale while inventory is in stock. Just think, it will be vintage hockey life apparel in a few months and you will be so cool sporting it.