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Opinion

How to get your name out there as a writer

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on this’ is a short and regular opinion blast

I’ve been asked how to get your name noticed or your articles seen in esports a few times by a few different people. The answer I always give is I don’t know. I was never interested in getting my name out there in the first place. Or getting paid. When I started writing, readers attributed my articles to other people for the first 6 months. I wasn’t paid for the first 3 years and by the time I wrote my first article for ESPN, only the hardcore fans of SC2 recognized who I was. As far as I know, very few of the pros or personalities of the scene recognized my ID. Given all of that in mind, I may be the single worst person to ask about getting your name or articles out there.

What I can tell you is this. I wrote because I liked it. I wrote because I thought there was something worth writing about it. I wrote because there wasn’t anyone else at the time that would do it. I’m not going to give you a line like “Hard work got me this far.” Yes, I worked hard, but hard work isn’t a guarantee of success. There are plenty of examples of people from any field of work that worked hard and found little to no success. What I can tell you is that hard work won’t betray you. Hard work won’t keep you up in the middle of the night thinking about what-ifs. It won’t make you regret anything you set out to do because at the very least you went as hard as you could.

I don’t know how or why I got this far. Maybe tomorrow it all disappears, but I’d still be writing and I’d still be working. The goal was never to get paid or get famous, it was always to do what I want to do.

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