What About Us?

Indie Moines started as a sister blog to Indie Albany, which was founded in 2010 by veteran web warrior J. Eric Smith as a collaborative site for non-commercial, independent (hence “indie”) bloggers, originally based in New York’s Capital Region. Eric has been running websites since 1993 and has had a blog since 2000, earning a widely-coveted “Freshly Pressed” nod from WordPress in 2010, among many other accomplishments. He knows his interweb pipes, at bottom line, and Indie Albany quickly grew into a widely-read website with a lot of cool writers contributing from half a dozen states.

In November 2011, Eric and his smart and lovely wife, Marcia Brom Smith (who also wrote for Indie Albany), relocated to Iowa to pursue a great work opportunity for Marcia, and to help her to get back closer to her hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota. Needing a new local web domain, Eric and Marcia were quickly drawn by the silly allure of “Indie Moines,” since they were Indie Albanians . . . in Des Moines . . . and “Indie Des Moines” tripped awkwardly off the tongue. The site went live on December 13, 2011.

Things took off quickly again, which was great, as a lot of old readers followed Eric and Marcia from Albany, and a lot of new readers found them in Iowa. Eric reluctantly shut Indie Albany down late in 2012 accordingly, so this is now the official place for most new cultural or creative writing from him and, sometimes, Marcia, who also has her own work-related website, here. They have also put archives of selected articles dating back to 1995 here for your amusement and entertainment. Current or recent professional writing generally lands at Eric’s consulting site or the blog he started for Salisbury House, where he also serves as Executive Director.

It’s worth noting that Indie Albany had sixteen contributing writers at its peak, while Indie Moines has been solely the purview of Eric and Marcia since its inception. Should it expand to include other writers? Should you be one of them? Feel free to drop Eric and Marcia a line if you think you might belong here, or to talk about pretty much anything else, too. They’d love to hear what you’re thinking, and they won’t make you speak to them in the third person, the way they’ve written this bio. They’re cool that way.

All rights reserved, and all material on this website Copyright J. Eric Smith and Marcia Brom Smith, 2011-2014, unless otherwise specifically noted or attributed. Unauthorized use or duplication of this material without express and written permission is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links are acceptable, provided that full and clear credit is given to J. Eric Smith, Marcia Brom Smith or Indie Moines with appropriate and specific direction via links to the original content.

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