What would you say you DO here?

June 12, 2009

Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late, ah, I use the side door – that way Lumbergh can’t see me, heh heh – and, uh, after that I just sorta space out for about an hour.

Space out?

Yeah, I just stare at my desk; but it looks like I’m working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I’d say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.

Ah, “Office Space” — that movie’s  like the I Ching, a line for every occasion.   In this case, a way to lead into explaining what I’m going to do here, what this blog is going to be about.

The answer is: I don’t know yet. This is an experiment.

I’m a reporter at a small-town newspaper. These are, as the saying goes, interesting times for those of us in the “dead-tree” media and on one level, this blog is about me establishing an online presence to promote myself and my work.

Yeah, it’s 2009 and I’m new at blogging. Screw you, I don’t have an iPod either. But the Web is the future of this business, even if no one knows how we’re supposed to earn a living doing it.

Leaving that dilemma aside for a moment, it seems to me that successful bloggers — people who make some kind of a living at it — offer a style and a personality that mainstream reportage excludes by design. Speaking as somebody who wanted, once upon a time, to be “a writer,” it gets tiresome working in a profession where use of the first person singular pronoun is verboten. And while it’s not that bad as jobs go, small-town news has its own set of frustrations (a good capsule summary is here, if you’re curious).

What I’m trying to do, I guess, is recapture my voice. Out of the entire World Wide Web, what makes me a precious and unique snowflake? Maybe nothing. But I’m going to try to find out.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go look for my red Swingline stapler …

POSTSCRIPT: For an explanation of the blog title, please see here

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