Apparently I'm supposed to write an introduction for my blog. Further apparently, convention dictates that it should be written in the third person: "Brad Merrill is..." this or "Brad Merrill does..." that. That convention has never really made sense to me, especially when it comes to writers. I mean, they're supposed to be writers—what kind of message does it send if they can't even write their own introductions? Not a good one.

So let's get started.

Quick Bio

My name is Brad Merrill. I am, by process of elimination, a writer. I've been writing for as long as I've known how. I've written a number of short stories and a few longer ones, most of which I've thrown out after deciding they were no good.

My first serious attempt at writing for the public eye was editing group-written blog called VentureBreak. I've been doing that for about four years now, and it has been remarkably successful. We write about startup companies, entrepreneurship, and innovation, and we've been featured on Techmeme and referenced by the Wall Street Journal.

I also do some freelance writing and editing when I can. When I'm not writing elsewhere, I scribble occasional blog posts here.

What else? I have a cat named Shadow, I prefer Coke over Pepsi, and I only own one pair of shoes at any given time. I'm writing this from my bedroom in Hamilton, OH—a city close to nowhere. I've lived here all my life, and as much as people complain about it, I like to think of it as "not the worst place in the world."

About Me

Words are one of my passions. I've been writing for as long as I can remember. I write in English, which is perhaps the world's most versatile (and infuriating) language. I'm also a passionate businessman, and I hustle like a madman.

Other Things You Should Know

Aside from that, I:
  • am an American, living in in Hamilton, Ohio.
  • am in love with the best friend I could ever have.
  • was born with pneumonia in a hospital notoriously known to be the worst in the area.
  • am a musician, playing the piano, the violin, and the turntables.

Contact Info

If you'd like to contact me, for personal or professional reasons, please fill out the form here. I'll reply as soon as possible, unless you're clearly a loon. You can also follow me on Twitter.

Why is good writing important?

Written language is one of our greatest achievements. Without it we would have no writers, of course, but also we would have no Great Wall of China, no constitutional democracy, no medicine, no recorded history, no footprints on the moon, no television, and no Internet.

I think a tool that powerful should be used properly. Good writing isn't easy. But I try to write well here, and I hope you enjoy what you find.