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September 12, 2013

A year ago, I made myself comfortable in a large chair in the corner of my living room on a Friday night and opened my laptop.  I began typing in random words to use as a blog name until one displayed an available message. I clicked next and began – I stared at the blinking cursor for several minutes struggling to find a topic with my fingers resting on the home keys of the keyboard seemingly paralyzed with fear, the irony of selecting the name Mr. Write Away and essentially having nothing to write about wasn't lost on me.  Then, for lack of a better topic, I wrote about what everyone seemed to be talking about that specific day.
My first post was drafted and published.  There’s nothing to brag about in regards to that post. There’s not inspiration to be found or a pin-worthy picture. There isn’t anything worth mentioning at all in that particular post yet it was my first and served as the proverbial shove I needed to get the ball rolling. 

I had a blog.  Even if no one was out there reading it, I had a blog.

In hindsight, I would have spent more time in the planning stages, designing and drafting up a few meaningful posts to start out with once I decided to go live; instead I jumped in head first. I jumped in without a real plan, without any real knowledge of what is needed and required in the world of blogging. All I knew is that I loved to write and desperately wanted a platform in which to do so.

Throughout the last year, I lost and found my voice here. I’ve redesigned and refocused here. For a while, Mr. Write Away felt like a friend I knew only by name. One I had trouble placing their face and the sound of their voice or the familiarity of their phrasing, but with certainty knew that I knew them somehow.

After several changes, I’m here now as I’m honest. I make mistakes and I learn from them. Above all else, one thing has always remained true: I love to write.  Although Mr. Write Away is no more, I’m still writing my way through life moments worth sharing.
If you stumbled across this blog recently… welcome.

If you’ve been here from the beginning… thank you.

This is where I write. This is where the words inside my head come to live. This is where I talk myself in and out of things and, ultimately, through them all. This is where I document my life one event, one post at a time. It’s a work-in-progress. I’m a work-in-progress. Aren’t we all?

I’m Bradley Cowan, formerly Mr. Write Away.
What a difference a year makes. 


  1. Congrats on the one year anniversary! It takes a lot of time and patience to get to where you want to be. I love when someone just puts it all out there. Stay honest my friend...

  2. Happy one year anniversary!! Blogs certainly go through many changes just because we as people change too.


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