Interview: Jason Bean

I first came across Jason Bean through my work at b5media. I enjoyed his take on things and always found words that sparked my interest or taught me something I didn’t know before. I’ve mentioned before, one reason I enjoyed working for b5 was the people I met there. Enjoy this interview.

You’ve got a lot of things going on right now. First, tell us about Bnpositive Communication and Design.

Bnpositive Communication & Design has been around in some form or another since 1998 when I registered the domain name. I’ve been doing web design and development for small clients since I taught myself HTML and have just kept it going as a side business since that time. Over the last couple of years I’ve pursued the “Communication” part with my online writing and blogging for clients.

The “BNpositive” handle is not only a great branding tool (in my opinion) but I also find myself wanting to be more positive the minute I see that smiley face. How did you decide to use this as part of your online identity?

My “Bnpositive” persona has existed since my initial involvement in AOL chatrooms. It was actually a play on my last name, my general outlook on life and even my blood type.

You’ve got three blogs right now. Tell us about each one and what readers can find there.

I’ve been writing on each of these sites for quite some time. Since being terminated from my sites at b5media, I’ve decided that I really wanted to invest in my own web properties and content. Most of my content and topics I was writing for at b5media, I now am including in my writings on my personal blog at www.bnpositive.com/blog.

I used to write for a Christian music blog that b5 shut-down quite awhile back. I ended up taking my content from that effort and setup my own Christian music site at www.missionnotes.com

Over the years I’ve also written about living in Indianapolis on a variety of different sites. I’ve started up a new locale blog for topics related to Indianapolis called www.positivelyindy.com.

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

The biggest challenge for me right now is to reconnect with writing for the purpose of writing. I’ve been writing for “clients” so long and getting paid for it, that my main motivation for writing became the paycheck. Now I’m writing because I want to write and I’m writing for myself and my audience. I just need to increase my productivity on my own sites.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

It’s got to be the Bible.

Favorite authors?

My favorite author is Michael Crichton. His books are great readings for anyone that loves a good mystery with plenty of tech and science thrown in.

In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?

Success needs to be defined by what the purpose of the writer is for writing. If it’s to make money, then you can look at someone like J.K. Rowling and claim immediate and undeniable success. If it’s a blogger that just wants to share their opinions and document their thoughts, then they’ve succeeded if they’ve accomplished that task without anyone reading a word of their writing.

Advice for other writers?

I just had a conversation along these lines tonight. There are some writers that have “writer’s block”, to those writers I say just write. Start getting stuff on the page. Something will come, but don’t stare aimlessly and just waste time if nothing’s there. Come back later. Go do something else to inspire thought and opinion.

If you’re spending too much time polishing your writing, relax. If you’re blogging, you’re not writing a novel or a press release. It doesn’t have to be perfect. In my opinion it should be conversational. That’s the connection that exists between the writer and the audience.

Where can we learn more about you?

Visit my blogs. Ask me questions. Follow me on Twitter

Anything else you’d like to add?

Just a quick thank you for taking the time to let me share my thoughts on stuff.

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2 Comments on "Interview: Jason Bean"

  1. Great interview of my own hometown boy!

    I enjoy learning the directions my former b5 co-workers have taken.

    Great interview Cherie!

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    Cherie Reply:

    That’s right, you guys are both Indy writers!

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  2. Yeah, seems odd that I’ve met all the founders of b5, even those living in the far east and Australia, but have yet to actually meet the one writer that lives in the same metropolitan area as myself.

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    Cherie Reply:

    I think a meeting at a coffee shop is in order.

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