I’ll freely admit that blogs are self-promoting. And, I suppose, this one won’t be any different.
But despite the blatant promotion of me, I hope that my blog will be witty, entertaining, informational, (insert funny, flattering adjective here).
I want to write about journalism, things I come across around town, randomness and maybe a few home improvement projects stuck in between — things that all interest me.
Me, me, me, me, me.
(Insert winky face to show sarcasm here.)
But while I’m on the self-promotion crazy train, I’m going to take this a step further with a little Q&A with myself about my blog.
Bask in the multiple-personality awesomeness.
Q: Emily, why are you starting a personal blog?
A: Thanks, Emily. Great question. I’ve written professionally but have gotten away from writing about my personal life, except for Facebook posts and random Twitter messages. And I need more than 140 characters.
I’d like to delve more into the ideas on the cutting edge of journalism, and the best way to internalize what’s going on is by writing about it. I also come across things everyday that impress me and that I find interesting and beautiful that I would like to write about as well.
Lots of things inspire me, and a blog seems the best way to keep track of them.
Q: Why should people read this?
A: I think a lot of people are generalists, like I am. And I hope that they come across interesting tidbits in what I write.
I’d also like to interact with the readers who find their way to my blog, so I welcome comments. Through conversation, I think everyone can attain a higher level of understanding.
Q: What is an em dash?
A: An em dash is a longer dash — such as the ones I’m using here and that are in the header at the top of this blog — that can be used in lieu of commas, semicolons, colons and parenthesis to denote emphasis, a break in thought or an interruption.
An em is a unit of measurement used in typography, roughly the width of the letter “m.”
Like the em dash, I hope this blog helps bring emphasis to issues and shows some of the things that make me pause during my day. Also it sounds like my name. Me, me, me.
Q: Isn’t this awfully self promoting?
A: Yes. Perhaps.
But nowadays in journalism, it seems you have to be a little self promoting to get ahead. “Personal branding” has almost become a must-do if you want to be successful, whether that be by starting a column or blog or just becoming a well-known expert on your beat.
And to set the record straight, I think that you can brand yourself without losing credibility and objectivity. I hope to get into this topic more in subsequent blog posts.
Also, as a journalist, you are taught to write about the world around you. I feel it’s a natural progression to bring that impulse to a personal blog.
Q: Since some of your posts will have to do with journalism and others won’t, why do you think non-journalists should be interested in journalism?
A: A small fraction of people are journalists, but almost all of them are consumers of journalism. And what happens in journalism can have ramifications in society, government, how we live our lives.
Journalism is definitely at a turning point — to use a cliché — which makes discussion about its future even more important. And while journalism insiders definitely have great perspectives on potential improvements, the industry’s consumers should also be a part of the conversation.
I’ve had journalist friends laid off. I’ve seen great stories neglected due to lack of resources. Journalism is definitely in a time of heart ache. But I also have seen journalists and editors and institutions rise above these tremendous obstacles to accomplish wonderful, important things. Non-journalists need to know about these accomplishments as much as they need to hear about its downfalls.
But if you really want to ignore the posts that don’t apply to you, you can select the categories you’re interested at the bottom of this page. Some topics are also highlighted in the drop-down menu under “blog” in the top menu.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: Just that if readers have any suggestions for things they’d like me to write about, please let me know. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and message me on Twitter.
Q: That’s it?
A: I’m kind of running out of things to say …
(Insert witty ending that brings everything together here.)