Dodging The Beat is a blog about journalism, writing, culture, various arts, and opinion.  It’s run by me, Ben Dodge, as both a way of expressing myself online, and a vehicle to further my aims of becoming a professional writer of any degree.

I am an amateur writer hoping to break into the writing business like many millions the world over.  I imagine this blog isn’t something that prospective writers and critiques haven’t alreaady seen a thousand times before during internet trawls.  While my goals and writing are small at the moment, I hope to capture it as my career; it has already captured me as a passion and a discipline I hope to keep for the rest of my life.

This site’s called Dodging The Beat because it’s a pun on my name, and it acknowledges that all writers, journalistics, poets, etc have a beat that they cover- today’s headlines, their love affair with the barrista down the street, war, the depths of the human soul.

This site is meant as a profile, as I do intend on publishing to both the online and print market as Ben Dodge.  I’ll keep you up to date on anything I’m working on, where it’s being published, ideas and opinions regarding it and any projects I’m working on, as well as some random facts and figures.

My approach isn’t as formal as a profile should be.  I know.  It’s meant to be that way for now- I’m not a pro yet.

Any critiquing, advice, or good-natured abuse is appreciated.  Spam, hate mail, etc will be subject to immediate deletion.

One last thing; I’m on Facebook, but don’t try looking me up elsewhere.  As you may have guessed, I’m using a sobriquet for my identity.  This is to protect my identity.  I could be anyone; young, old, rich, poor, black, white, gay, or straight.  You’ll find out some of my opinions soon enough, but my identity doesn’t matter.

What matters is what I do with it.


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