Today, an interview with the man behind Trevor’s Notepad.
First of all, tell a little bit about yourself
My name is Trevor Elms, I am a professional graphic designer living and working in Denver, CO, U.S.A. I am bi-polar, a college dropout, recovering addict, and former criminal. I have spent the last 8 years or so trying to make something of myself as a functioning adult and member of society. Now that I feel like I am in a comfortable place professionally and personally, I have begun to write again which is my very favorite thing to do. It gives me great release from the daily struggles of life.
What made you decide to start a blog?
I honestly got tired of sitting on my butt after the daily grind of my professional life and just playing video games and reading comic books. I’d been wanting people that aren’t family and friends to read my writing for a while to see if maybe it would prompt me and inspire me to write more — it has. Writing is also my greatest release and it has been locked away from me for nearly ten years due to my mental break with reality and subsequent writers’ block.
How would you say is the journey so far?
Extremely successful! I’m not exactly doing this for anyone but myself, but I am not going to lie that the fact that I have regular audience, however small — makes me feel so grateful and really inspires me to keep going. Just being able to write again makes me so happy, and that, to me, is a success.
And what do you have planned for the blog? What is the goal?
My plan is to just keep writing. Hopefully someone will find it impactful and I will just keep on writing. It would be nice if I could make something of myself with it — but that is a dream my teenage self cared more about. I am comfortable professionally and personally. I really am just happy to be writing again and to have a font of inspiration that keeps me doing it.
If you could pitch your blog in one sentence, how would that pitch sound?
Trevor’s Notepad is a place I like to philosophize about life, its meaning, and being a good person in it — without any belief or mention of a higher power.
What/who inspires you?
My artistic friends inspired me to start a bit. I saw them putting themselves out there and it really made me feel like I was holding myself back. As far as my writing itself, what is inspiring me for the most part currently is reflecting on my late teenage years of substance abuse and recovery. I also like to take words I love and write something meaningful about them. Take one word and find as much meaning within it as I can. I really hope I can more freely write poetry again soon, I miss it.
What advice would you give to those who are just now starting out?
I would say make sure you are doing it for yourself first and foremost — and honestly starting out with a profession that can help support it is a great help. If you find an audience, stick with it, allow them to talk about you and share you and grow it for you. Slow and steady wins the race, regular new content is much better than anything else. Though to be honest, I am just under 100 followers, I’m still a guppy and don’t know much. I have just been working in online advertising and marketing for about 10 years professionally — so I have a decent amount of general knowledge about what to do.
What is the best advice you ever received?
Being honest, friendly, supportive, and good — should in general get you much farther in life than otherwise.
You can find Trevor’s blog here.
You can also check his Facebook page out here.
Or his Tumblr here.
Or Twitter here.
Or why not check them all out?