This magazine style blog has seen its share of changes. But what the heck, it’s my first foray into blogging, so I’ve happily taken the learn-as-you-go approach. It’s proven to be a fantastic experience!
When I started The EFF Files, I was working at The Daily Beast in Los Angeles, writing articles on entertainment and fashion. I loved the daily writing routine and learning about the world of online media from über pros in the news-publishing business. I enjoyed the day in and day out practice of being in contact with publicists, editors and veteran writers. But, as anyone who pitches to major publications knows, writers are bound to stay within the guidelines of each publication’s market — in this case, high-profile movies, music and celebrities, with an added twist of sex sells.
I had too many low profile stories, which didn’t fit the market I was in, running through my head. I needed to find an outlet for these stories somewhere. Hence, The EFF Files.
The more I wrote about the indie world of film, fashion and music that I love and admire, the more I felt confined within a small indie-fabulous box.
But aren’t new bloggers supposed to write to a smaller, niche audience? That’s what I’d read and been told. Only thing is, I’m not much of a follower (which can be a double-edged sword). Besides, I had hoped that a few of my writer friends would join me in this endeavor and pitch in posts that pertained to each person’s unique interests, in true magazine fashion. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. So, I’ve been on my own, blogging here when time permits.
Regardless of where it all began, The EFF Files has morphed into a space where I can discuss a few of my favorite things, including Entertainment, Food and Fashion, or Education, Feminism and Furry Friends. EFF doesn’t necessarily stand for any subject beginning with specific letters of the alphabet, rather it’s a fun place where I can share whatever it is that I find fascinating. Sort of a Renaissance writer’s forum.
Who am I?
My name is Brandi, and I’ve had some amazing life experiences — from dancing in a Janet Jackson video at the age of 14, to working with Morgan Freeman (one of my all-time favorite actors), to getting my start in journalism with CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg, to earning a long-awaited degree from UCLA.
I love to travel anywhere and everywhere (you can read my travel blog at http://aBroadAcrosstheGlobe.com), and I’ve lived (however briefly) in Madrid, London, Florida, Colorado, Indiana and Los Angeles, though I’m originally from Long Beach, CA.