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A Day in the Life of Doe Worker Hamlet Fort

The Doe Team

by The Doe Team

| June 23, 2022

Doe worker Hamlet Fort breaks down what it's like for them to work here, how working for The Doe has impacted them and their favorite narratives.1 (1)-Jun-15-2022-11-36-50-99-PM

“Portland, Maine, is just the same as sunny Tennessee.”

The great Jimmie Rodgers wrote that opening lyric to his classic tune “Brakeman’s Blues,” and as a southerner by birth and a Mainer by adoption, I have to say that he was onto something.

As a copywriter with The Doe, based in Portland, Maine (which is just the same as sunny Tennessee), I have a pretty sweet gig. I wake up every day on the beautiful peninsula-facing Casco Bay, make a French press of locally roasted, fresh-ground coffee beans. Then, I get to work with an incredible creative team producing daily content that promotes The Doe’s weekly narratives and blog content.

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My desk faces a westerly bay window that fills with fractured light on sunny afternoons. It’s a beautiful place to work and read multiple new narratives every day by Doe writers and contributors, all who have a unique story to tell. My primary job at The Doe is to take selected narratives and in turn produce social media content for those stories, in partnership with The Doe’s incredible designer Kyera. So to that end, it’s crucial that I read these narratives and understand the writer’s perspective and message so that I can best distill what they’re saying for an audience of over half a million people.

As a copywriter, my favorite game is to find the best possible string of words to describe something that (as of yet) lacks a description. Oftentimes, Doe narratives can make it challenging to find the right words to describe them because some narratives can get really personal and cut right down to the bone. Because The Doe is committed to anonymity and to creating a space for marginalized voices to be elevated and heard, some narratives can leave me in a state of “no words”—which any writer friend would tell you can be untrodden ground. But that’s part of the greatness and the challenge of this job and The Doe’s mission.

And sometimes, narratives leave me with so much inspiration and gratitude for having read them that the words just flow. And the excitement of getting the opportunity to share them with our community buzzes inside of me. It’s a cool feeling!

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Some of my favorite narratives include:

A Westward Road Trip Changed Our Lives Forever, for its reflections on the power of nature and community.

Dropping Out of High School Saved My Life, for its revelatory personal experience with mental illness and bucking of societal norms.

Stop Telling Me That Beer Isn’t For Women, because of my personal experience in the craft beer industry and its issues with sexism and lack of equality and opportunity for women. That one I could relate to because I had witnessed some of what the author wrote about.

That’s the cool thing about The Doe. I could relate somewhat to that last narrative, but I can’t relate to dropping out of a high school, and despite that, I found that narrative deeply educational and interesting to read. You don’t have to agree with everything you read on The Doe; you just have to be open to it and in a place where you’re seeking to break echo chambers and understand your biases.

My job as a Doe copywriter puts me in front of these kinds of narratives every day, written by real people with real human experiences. My desk, nestled into the bay window of a three-story old house in Portland, looks over a busy cobblestone residential street. One of the best parts of my workday is getting the chance to watch people walk by the window right in front of me, whether it be the elderly couple who’s lived in this neighborhood for 35 years or the young parents with their toddler and St. Bernard or the mid-20s tattoo artist roommates. My work with The Doe has recontextualized that very basic experience of observing fellow human beings because when they walk by, I think about what each one of them would have to say if they were to write a Doe narrative. We all have stories. We’re all the main characters in our own movies. We all have unique perspectives and backgrounds. And when we’re given the chance to hear those stories, to truly and actively listen to them and fold them into our own worldviews in some way, then we’ve done something beneficial for ourselves. And I’m grateful for that.

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