A reasonable question. For someone like me, a lifelong newshound, it’s something I care dearly about. Back when I started in the newspaper business, readers began the day with the paper that was delivered to their home. And many writers, like me, found a future in finding, selling to editors, and then writing stories in those papers for you to read.
Now readers get their news from places sourced by Google and Facebook. Ad dollars always chase readers, that’s how the business works. Facebook and Google represent 72 percent of all digital ad revenue outside of China, according to a leading research analyst.
With readers migrating to the Web and mobile platforms for their stories, some writers like me have taken to blog-keeping as one way of reaching readers. In my case, this blog works as an idea forum, a place to make contact with old friends and new friends, and a spur on to, as Nike says, Just Do It. In my case that's Running, Reading and Writing.
Keeping up the spirit of the chase for new ideas and different ways to convey them, if you will. (Not in the vein of Keeping up With the Kardashians – there is a meaningful book, or an idea of merit in any of that? If so, please advise.)
So here goes. Delivering on forty years of writing experience, not in the pages of a newspaper, but in the digital space of a blog. For more reasons to write, please take a moment. Read a blog “back issue” below. My hope is, there will be something of value in those previous posts for you. A lesson, a wise thought. An occasional bon mot.
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