O Hai! NJC On ABC! OMG! What Was I Thinking?
For those of you who aren't at church or the park, or any one of a number of things one can be doing on a Sunday, you can tune into KGO 7 this Sunday at 10am, and see me interviewed by news anchor Cheryl Jennings on the topic of blogs and civic involvement.
I traded my trademark black shirts and skull attire for something a bit more businesslike, and did OK (although I couldn't see the timer countdown so I didn't know how long to phrase my answers). But it was fun, and Cheryl and the KGO staffers involved wit the program were all really cool to work with. A special thanks goes to Melissa for connecting me with KGO. Thanks!
Most of what I was trying to talk about in the segment was how anyone can start up a blog, and when people network with others, they can have an impact on local affairs. One thing I don't know got communicated enough was how those living in smaller towns or suburbs can have a proportionally larger impact than those who live in big cities like NYC or LA sometimes.
Plus, I also tried to make the point that while I have an interest in these issues, by no means have I ever claimed to be the One True Expert, and part of what makes civic blogs great is that everyone can have a say and make a contribution however they like, either as a commenter, or a blogger, or both, or something else.
Frankly, to me it's kinda funny I was interviewed at all, if only because I started the blog 3 years ago as a sort of summer anony-blog that I'd do for a few months, then quit. But as side interests go, at least it doesn't cost me anything the way other interests might, and it's been fun getting to know people in the neighborhood and learn more about local history. And as I've said before, I'll only keep doing this as long as it's fun. The minute it's a chore, I'm moving on to something else.
I am sure the segment will end up on the Series of Tubes, so if you miss it, why you and your office mates can have a snicker on Monday morning also.
PS: On an unrelated side note, I happened to notice this report that PJ's Oysterbed is closed for some reason. Anyone know what's going on? To be honest, I hadn't noticed as I end up walking on the other side of Irving to go to the taco place or the hardware store, so I'm a bit late to the party on this news, so to speak.