My journey through life has taken me through three distinct and separate careers. After studying photography in college (BS in Professional Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, 1974), I worked as a full-time professional photographer for 20 years — 19 operating my own studio. Towards the end of that career, I “accidentally” (another story for another day) started a desktop publishing and printing business, which became my full-time occupation for 17 years and overlapped the last five years or so of the photography career. In 2002 I sold the printing business and began driving motorcoaches all over the US and Canada, a job I had fantasized about since I was a boy, for Hagey Coach, Inc., of Souderton, Pennsylvania. Technically that’s still my job, but the COVID-19 pandemic has cruelly brought an immediate end to that. It remains to be seen if that will return to any form of normalcy or not. But I’m not optimistic.
I’ve been an avid listener of podcasts for many years. About two years ago, after searching unsuccessfully for a podcast specifically for motorcoach operators, and having been complimented on my “pleasant-sounding voice” numerous times by my passengers over the years, and having a face for radio, I decided to start my podcast for drivers — EightWheels Across America. It’s been and continues to be, a great experience. I’ve gotten to meet other drivers and company owners from all over the US and Canada that I’d never otherwise have had the opportunity to meet. A few months ago, I started a second podcast about some of my passions — gadgets, technology, photography, Apple products, and more — called Bob’s Tech Talk. Podcasting has given me lots of information to inspire my writing career.
Throughout all of my careers, I’ve enjoyed writing. I did the obligatory writing in high school and college but didn’t do a lot more writing until the Internet came along. In the late 1980s, I started doing website development for my own company and others. Suddenly I had a practical need for writing and a ready outlet. Twice throughout my careers, I’ve written a regular column in industry publications — one for the printing industry which paid very well at the time and opened my eyes to what was possible, and later a regular column for a motorcoach industry magazine. At various times over the years, I’ve also maintained web blogs. Still, with the demands of full-time work, other priorities too often interfered, and the blogs would grow stale either from lack of time to maintain them or lost interest in a particular topic.
Now that I, like so many of us, have been sheltering at home, and having a desire to write and a need for ongoing income, I decided to become more serious about my writing. In the spring of 2020, with lots of time at home, I started Bob’s Blog as a way to write and share some of my passions about photography, technology, politics, and more. Now in the summer of 2020, I’m starting this site, “Write It Again, Bob!” as a way of offering my freelance writing services.
Writing is a real pleasure for me, and I plan to continue and pursue my freelance writing career. Writing is hard work, as any author will readily agree. But it’s also gratifying. Review my Portfolio page for examples of my writing. If I can help you with an article, column, or blog post, or things like product reviews, or even editing your writing, please contact me.
I look forward to working together.