Allison Venezio

Allison Venezio

Why a blog?I love to write. There's really no magic to it, it's just something I love to do.I actually used to have my own website, which was also called Allison's Written Words (for the curious, allisonswrittenwords.yolasite.com). I established it in 2009, but started to devote less time to it due to starting a new job and a general disinterest in maintaining a website. It's still in existence, but it hasn't been updated since 2011. I took a break from writing and concentrated on work and reading, as well as work through some personal issues I was dealing with at the time. In 2012, I decided I wanted to begin writing again, but sought out a more informal method of publishing. Hence, a blog.Allison's Written Words took off slowly, and everytime I thought maybe it wasn't worth having a blog, I kept reminding myself that promotion is the best way to get myself out there. Slowly but surely, my blog began to gain readership almost two years into its existence, and I no longer regret returning to writing. I've also published three articles on Yahoo! Content Network, and have over a dozen articles on retrojunk.com, which I wrote back in 2006. I was Retrojunk's resident "Saturday Night Live Guru," something I am very proud of.Of course, I would love to profit from my writing, but I've always worried that writing would become less enjoying if I felt stressed about having to produce something amazing. I'm one of those people that has high expectations of how my work is supposed to be, and have gone so far as to delete drafts of blog articles if I didn't feel the readership would be good. As I'm very niche, I find its hard to be more mainstream, though I do have my moments.What's your educational background?I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in December 2005. I interned in a Philadelphia television studio's newsroom during the summer of 2005, but decided television was not for me (though I loved the experience). I still count it on my resume, as it looks great, and gets the conversation started when I've had job interviews. When I was in college, I also took classes in Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Marketing. But I always loved the writing classes I took. I found my voice as a satirist and article writer, and have always enjoyed doing research. I've just never had any interest in writing for a newspaper, as I found out in college that the newspaper is a "dying art form" and