Marking a modest milestone

This is my 250th post on News Prints. It comes near the end of the blog’s 25th month.

When I began writing on Oct. 1, 2009, it was as part of the phantom “staff” of a universal blog called True/Slant, a place where writers with a wide variety of interests and political views shared space.  It was an interesting and lively writers’ community, one that also paid a few bucks and helped draw readers.  But True/Slant, alas, proved short-lived as do many start-ups. Forbes bought its software vision but kept few on its staff.

When  True/Slant closed its doors at the end of August last year, I moved this blog to Word Press and kept writing — but mostly for family, friends, acquaintances, my dog and the odd drop-in. So thanks all for protecting me from conversing entirely with myself (something I already do as often as not while walking our goldie, Murphy).  Blogging can be a lonely pursuit.

If you’ve stayed with me, you’ll know that this has been an eclectic blog. I write about news, politics and the media, but sprinkle in personal stories of travel and family. Sometimes I get on a roll. Sometimes a week or 10 days passes.

The beauty of blogging is the freedom to write what and when you want. Its curse, perhaps, is the same.

This much I’ve discovered along the way.  Where once I was a terribly blocked writer — my last book, “Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves” is about overcoming just that — today writing gives me considerable pleasure. The urge to scribble thoughts sometimes just itches. And so I continue to put pen to paper to scratch.

For now anyway, I’ll keep at this bit of whimsy. Please do stop by and leave an occasional comment.  Murphy, mind you, does his share of critiquing. But I’ve yet to find an interpreter who can translate his barked directives.


About jerrylanson

I teach, write, coach and sing, though you're not required to listen to the latter. I'm a journalism professor at Emerson College in Boston. My third book, "Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves," was published in November by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. You can read a sample chapter at My passions are politics (generally liberal in outlook), music, mountains, golden retrievers and my grandchildren, though not in that order. Please stop by and mix it up with me. I always answer those who post.
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