Writing has been a passion of mine for a long time. From an early age, I enjoyed creating stories for class or entertaining my friends. I can specifically remember writing a mock commercial in the sixth grade for “Toga-Cola” during a mythology unit. I enjoyed poetry when others didn’t. Simply put, I loved that I could create something that would not only bring enjoyment to me, but to others as well. That’s probably why I never minded writing papers in high school. I could write about anything and make it entertaining for myself, even if the topic wasn’t generally recognized as “fun”.
Admittedly, I got away from it a little bit in college, but I missed it. I initially returned to poetry, which led me to being published in two poetry collections in 2003. I started other projects, but real life got in the way and I got away from it again. Again, I missed it. I would work the 45-50 hour weeks to pay the bills, but something was missing. I needed an outlet to create, which led to me being a contributor for well-known sites such as examiner.com and Yahoo!. I would write a few things here and there, but after my twin daughters were born in 2010, I once again took myself away from writing. However, a series of life-altering events towards the end of 2012 left me with time I wasn’t expecting and I knew I would need something to fill it.
In March 2013, I created The Luke Norris Experience with the hope that I would rediscover my passion for writing. I’d been away from it for a while, but I hoped that just having one simple outlet would help me get back to doing what I love to do. I thought I could write a few words when I felt the need and maybe it could turn into something, but at the time, I really didn’t expect it to amount to much. I started simple by just writing about movies or sports, but it also turned into a place I could go to write about life, to write about love, to write about loss.
It turns out that people started to read and follow The Luke Norris Experience. One of these readers turned out to be one of the co-creators of Binge Media, an entertainment website started by two former employees of the very popular website, joblo.com. They had started their own company and were looking to expand their reach by adding a sports writer to their staff and they wanted me. And it didn’t hurt that we had a mutual friend. I later asked them if there was a specific piece I had written that had sparked their interest, and he told me that it wasn’t a sports piece at all. It was something I had written in my “Up Close and Personal” section that let them know that I would be a perfect fit. They said it was my attention to detail and emotion that I showed that led them to me. I started writing for Binge Media in April 2014 as the exclusive sports writer and was later given my own podcast as well. None of that would have come without The Luke Norris Experience. I left Binge Media a while back but I’ll always be thankful to those guys for giving me a chance because it got me thinking that I could really do something with this.
In the spring of 2015, after the success at Binge Media as well as the response here, I took a giant leap of faith in myself and decided that writing is what I wanted to do for a living. I gave up the 9 to 5 life and started my freelance writing career. In the months that followed, I began working for a number of different websites and my work has been featured on a number of highly visible and highly reputable websites. When I started working for FanSided, a sister site to Sports Illustrated, my work got some notice from the folks at SI and my articles have been on their main site on a number of occasions. Fox Sports has picked up on a few as well, which is pretty cool.
I still write mostly sports for a number of reasons but the hope is still to write on other things in the future and I have a number of projects in mind that I just need to pull the trigger on. I know I have more to offer than just sports writing but it’s still something I love to do and will continue to do until somebody tells me they don’t want my stuff anymore.
At its core, this website is still that outlet I craved all those years ago. While I may not write as many posts on here as I used to, I know it’s always going to be here for me to do that. But this has transformed into a place where I can also showcase all the articles I’ve written over the years as my exclusive online portfolio. Through all the design changes and additions, however, the “Up Close & Personal” things I’ve done are still the heart of this site and I hope to bring you more of that in the future.
Since its inception, The Luke Norris Experience has been visited by people in 73 countries and territories on six continents (still waiting on Antarctica).
•Albania •Algeria •Angola• Argentina •Australia •Austria •Bangladesh •Belgium •Bosnia and Herzegovina •Brazil •Canada •Cayman Islands •Chile •China •Colombia •Costa Rica •Croatia •Czech Republic •Denmark •Ecuador •Egypt •El Salvador •Finland •France •Georgia •Germany •Greece •Honduras •Hong Kong SAR China •India •Iran •Ireland• Israel •Italy •Japan •Kenya •Latvia •Libya •Malaysia •Mexico •Moldova •Morocco •Netherlands •New Zealand •Norway •Pakistan •Panama •Peru •Philippines •Portugal• Romania •Russia •Rwanda •Saudi Arabia •Serbia •Singapore •Slovenia •South Africa• South Korea •Spain •Switzerland •Taiwan •Thailand •Turkey •U.S. Virgin Islands •Uganda •Ukraine •United Arab Emirates •United Kingdom •United States •Uruguay •Venezuela •Vietnam
I want to thank each and every one of you around the world who has ever taken a little bit of time out of your busy day to visit The Luke Norris Experience. None of this would be possible without you. Updates are happening every single day, so I encourage you to come back often and use the many ways on the left hand side of your screen to keep up with all the latest happenings. As long as you keep reading, I’ll keep writing.