Happy Anniversary to ME!!
No it’s not my wedding anniversary, although that is in the not to distant future. I’m talking about my one-year anniversary blogging for the KMMS web site. When the bean counters at TownSquare Media, our parent company, asked me if I would like to write five articles a week for them, it was a scary decision. I was no stranger to writing articles about business but those were monthly. I had 29 days or so to decide what to talk about.
But the thought of being a professional blogger did have some appeal. An extra bonus feature is, the more you write, supposedly, the better you get. You readers would have to be the judge of that.
260 Articles Later
Five articles a week for 52 weeks comes to 260 articles. No I didn’t take any holidays off. One of the great things about blogging for KMMS, and TownSquare Media, is being allowed to write about anything I wanted to. They really put no restrictions on me other than to be professional.
So during the past year I have written about a lot of topics. Baseball, Obamacare, Federal and State Elections, Trickle Down Economics, Super Bowl, Holiday Trivia, Gay Marriage, Gun Control, Unemployment, Minimum Wage, Fiscal Cliff, Sequester, along with many small business articles.
I will confess that there were some nights at midnight when I had nothing. And there were other weeks when I could knock out a weeks worth in one day. I guess it’s true that there are ebbs and flows in the creative process as you would expect of most useful endeavors.
Although I have MS Word to help out with grammar and spelling there are some things it misses and it’s usually after I’ve posted something that I invariably find a typo where “there” should have been “their” or "they’re."
Looking back I wish I had paid more attention to grammar and particularly punctuation. As some of you know my last book was published by one of the oldest publishers in the business — John Wiley & Sons of New Jersey. They’ve been putting books on the shelves since 1807. Reading my thoughts, after having been in the hands of a professional editor, makes me sound pretty dang smart. I wonder if they do pro-Bono work?
If you want to know the kind of author’s I hang out with, Wiley has published a few you might have heard of. Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hans Christian Anderson, Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Tom Egelhoff?? Something just doesn’t sound right reading that last entry.
Some Final Thoughts
I have enough humility to know that not every article this past year was a literary masterpiece. There were some where I was holding my nose as I hit the submit button. However, there were some that I felt very proud to type my name onto.
I sincerely want to thank all of you who posted comments and feedback on Facebook and the KMMS web site during the past year. I have no problem hearing the bad along with the good. So feel free to hit me with your best shot.
If you have any topics you’d like me to explore or rant about I would be more than happy to do that for you. Send me an email and I will be happy to oblige.
How long will I do this?
For now, that’s in the hands of those at the top of the Townsquare Media food chain. When it stops being fun and challenging it would be best for both of us for me to step down. But for the moment it’s great fun and I’m all geared up for year number two. So check the KMMS website every weekday morning at 6 AM Mountain Time and you’ll find whatever rattled around in my brain the night before. I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it.