Dear Avid Reader,

I am coming to you live from my couch in Cayce, South Carolina. For those unfamiliar with the quaint little town of Cayce, here is a quick summary:

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It is a booming area and I am quite happy living in this house where I am walking distance from one (1) restaurant and I have to empty a dead rat out of my electric rat trap every morning. Despite how great my current life is, taking three classes to finish my college degree and blogging all day, I do aspire for more.

Almost exactly a year ago I sent an email to KMarko, the Editor in Chief at Barstool Sports, letting him know that being a Barstool Sports blogger was my dream job and that I was willing to put in the time and effort to earn the right of having that prestigious title. Since then I have sent him 98 more emails with blog samples, life/career updates, podcast episodes, and I have never gotten a single response. Sure, there were times that I was pretty more demoralized and thought what’s the point of doing these blogs if no one cares? But the idea of achieving my dream kept me on the path of the blog life.

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Eventually, someone did notice the blogs I was writing and I got an internship at Busted Coverage. That internship has done more for me than I ever could have thought. My very first day I had my first blog ripped apart for five different things and then the rest was history.

That first blog- https://bustedcoverage.com/2018/10/26/blakey-locks-the-degenerate-gambling-intern-college-football-week-nine/

For months I was refining my writing skills and blog marketing ability, but there was no place for me to come on full time at BC so I was still on the job hunt, still pursuing my dream. Whether it was writing about losing my rent money on a college football Saturday, nuns embezzling money for Vegas trips, North Korea, rappers murdering their best friends, or even becoming the biggest Ariana Grande stan on the internet (which to this day is the most empowered I’ve ever felt as a human) I was doing anything I could to get noticed.

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(I know it’s blurry I had to screenshot the featured image from an old blog because I don’t have the picture anymore, but yes this was my Twitter profile for three days).

Over this past year I even started my own podcast with two friends from college:

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This podcast has broadened my horizons even more in what I could do in the content world. I learned that podcasting is actually quite difficult and I sucked at it a lot when I first started but I think I suck a lot less now. Hell, we are even recording our awards show tonight in a bunch of categories voted on by our audience. I think that’s pretty cool.

SUBSCRIBE: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/longshot-locks/id1440550176?mt=2

As far as broadening my network, I have tried to make connections in the right places in order to make that next step. I became friends with one of the kings of gambling Twitter, the one and only Rico Bosco:

I sent Large a blog of mine and he said he wishes he had written himself and shared it on Twitter:

Blog: https://811sports.com/2018/10/22/tall-guys-vs-recliners-a-battle-of-wills-in-the-sky/

I had Jack Mac on my podcast to talk CFB and we are now good Internet pals:

Overall, I have made a monster push in the past year and honestly looking back on it all now I am really proud of everything that I have done. However, none of it will matter until my dream is achieved. My first 99 emails sent I was content with just working on my writing skills and being lost in the thousands of emails Barstool gets from kids like me on a daily basis. Well, starting with this blog, and email number 100, I will no longer be content with being looked over. If I was to describe my new attitude in three words it would be hard working, alpha male, jackhammer, merciless, insatiable.

From deciding to start my own blog for fun, to getting my first job at Fansided, to writing for a blog that literally doesn’t even exist anymore (I tried to find some old blogs and the domain literally doesn’t exist anymore so there goes six months of work), to my friends at Student Union Sports, to my internship at Busted Coverage, and tons of other little stops along the way I have grinded to get to this position and I am finally ready to make my pitch. And this blog is it. Sooo KMarko if you’re reading this, please email me back!

Thanks,

Blakey Locks