It’s a little embarrassing, in 2009, to be admitting that I’m only JUST NOW setting up a blog. For the last couple of years or so, the die-hard print journalist in me sneered at blogs as unpaid writing. Why would I do that, I reasoned, when I should be spending that time doing a better job at the writing I’m moderately compensated to do?
But to be perfectly honest, I set this page up mostly as a marketing tool, at this point. I’m on a job search, not because anything’s wrong but because I think it’s time to explore some new pastures and broaden my experience. Please ignore the chaff that follows this post and focus on the categories and pages on the right-hand side.
The second reason I started this blog is because I have an idea for a new beat at newspapers, magazines or web sites that focus on news and analysis: social networking. There’s clearly no shortage of experts in this field who routinely chronicle the various trends and stats and battles between Twitter and Facebook and the ever-diminishing Myspace. But there are still millions of us who want to understand why we should care, why these web sites are anything more than a time suck for teenagers. I have a ton of story ideas in this category and I’m working on a piece right now for Newsweek on Craigslist. I will keep this stuff posted in the “social networking” category, in case you want to check back from time to time.
Thanks for checking me out. You can email me if you have any burning questions.
Or, follow me on Twitter at whinstuhn. Just keep your expectations low.