Today we’d like to introduce you to the latest member of the WriteWorldwide team, Ciarán McEneaney, a 6-year freelancing veteran who just so happens to have 14 years of ESL teaching under his belt. We’ll let Ciarán take it from here.
When Ciaran Gilligan first told me of WriteWorldwide a year ago, I remember thinking to myself ‘I wish I had thought of that.’ You see, after spending 14 years teaching English to ESL students, I totally understood the pain and frustration that non-native speakers must feel when they are dismissed out of hand just because English is not their first language.
I also knew from firsthand experience that many of these supposedly poor English speakers had a better grasp of the language and its structure than a lot of native speakers. And sometimes that even included me, their teacher!
So when I saw what Nick, Ciaran, Richard, and Yassir were trying to do, I couldn’t help but feel impressed. Here was a bunch of guys doing their level best to help non-native speakers build up their confidence, improve their writing skills, and most importantly make a living through writing. And the fact that they were offering all of this value for free through countless blog posts and templates was just the icing on the cake.
When Ciaran decided that it was time for him to part ways with WriteWorldwide to focus on his personal projects, he asked me if I’d like to take over his role. Of course, I jumped at the chance, and here I am today, the latest member of the WriteWorldwide team.
So what do I bring to the team?
Well, aside from my time spent teaching ESL in Taiwan, I also bring over six years of freelance writing experience to the table.
I got my start in writing back in 2012 when a friend asked me to do him a favor and help him write some SEO posts for a link building campaign. I spent about six months writing scores of ski-related articles for $15 a pop. Not much I know, but it was great experience and helped me get up to speed on what was required to write engaging content. It also gave me a half-decent portfolio and even a few bylines.
Since then I quit my teaching position, started my content and Chinese translation agency ‘Gecko Create’ and started making a good living from writing. In fact, so good that I now support a family of four on my writing income alone. Now, this is not a humble brag. I’m simply pointing out the fact that making a living through writing is entirely possible for anyone who is willing to put in the effort.
Although I was a full-time teacher, I had no interest in writing whatsoever and the business acumen of a man who didn’t even know how to sell ice cream at a beach. And to be honest, as the breadwinner of the family, I was pretty scared of failure. With some serious effort and more than a few late nights studying, I overcame my fears and any setbacks that came my way and became a successful freelance writer.
And now that the guys here have given me the chance to join the team, I hope to help as many aspiring writers as possible overcome their fears and reach their goal of earning a decent living from writing.
All of the team here at WriteWorldwide would like to wish Ciaran Gilligan all the best in his future endeavors. We’re sad to see him go but understand that he needed more time to focus on his personal projects. We’re also very grateful that before leaving, he introduced us to our latest member. Welcome aboard Ciarán.