I have been writing about the cigar industry for over three years. I started out with a blog on the WordPress site. I was then referred to Examiner.com by one of my readers. After completing the formal application process, I was given the Tampa Cigar Examiner column. I enjoy writing for Examiner.com but, I am required to keep a local focus on the articles that I publish.
Before my Examiner column, I had often used the online name “cigarsmokingman” on numerous forums and other online communities. I even owned the domain cigarsmokingman.com but chose not to renew it. Now it’s gone to someone else. I hadn’t really thought about the whole “online branding” thing back then.
I chose the screen name “cigarsmokingman” as an homage to one of my favorite TV villains, the “Cigarette Smoking Man or CSM” from The X-Files.
My plan for this website is to consolidate my interests in cigars, coffee and cocktails. I’ll redirect to my Examiner.com columns when appropriate. I’ll have full control over my content and the freedom to report on news and products that may not have a local ‘angle’ to them.
I hope you enjoy reading my content and please feel free to leave comments. I would appreciate your feedback.
- Tom Ufer aka @cigarsmokingman