What is One Word?


My name is Taegan. Welcome to One Word.

Sometimes unexpected, always personal, One Word is a memoir documentary series where I choose a word and explore its meaning in my life and the world around me.

One Word, Three Rules

When I’m working on a word, I always keep three rules in mind. They are:

  1. Each word must try something new.

  2. Each word must make me cry.

  3. Each word must change something in my life.

Simple Premise, Unique Approach

For a living, I craft content strategies for start ups and corporations, and that’s the last thing I want to do on my spare time.

So I’ve made a few deliberate choices with this project.

My work on One Word eschews the grind and the hustle of modern content. I do not promise to send something weekly or monthly. I release my films when they’re ready, because I believe quality experiences take time. And I also refuse to think up click-baity titles. Every project begins with a word, and the meaning in the word drives everything that follows.

One Word Is a 2023 Substack Featured Publication

Thanks to the support of my community and the thoughtful eyes of curators at Substack, One Word is part of the 2023 featured publications list.

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Every word is a universe. Let's explore them together.


Writer and filmmaker exploring his life and the world around him one word at a time.