Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New Blog Start-Up

A week or so ago, my friend Elizabeth Crum at E!! The True Conservative Story invited me to join her on a community blog she started at All American Bloggers. Elizabeth is one of those "real" writers, who actually knows what she's doing, so of course I jumped at the chance. I'll be posting there about three times a week, covering business, investing, and economic news in Nevada.

All American Bloggers is an organisation of fifty state blogs. Although there is a definite conservative/libertarian slant to the group, it is meant to be fact-based with opinions kept to a minimum. Elizabeth is looking to recruit more bloggers so if you have an area you're interested in, and don't mind a few rules, you can email her at either of the above links.

I'm really looking forward to digging into the Nevada economy, and have already found some things of interest. One thing I hadn't realized is the effect of the credit crunch on the mining industry. They're heavily dependent on up-front financing, so they're getting hit pretty hard.

I'm also really looking forward to working with Elizabeth. (I'm not just sucking-up to the boss here either). She will be the editor, and I've already received some patiently delivered writing lessons. Hopefully, over time, we'll see some improvement in my use/abuse of the language here as well.

I'm not sure what effect this will have on this blog. I expect I'll be posting a little less often in the near future. I'm currently up to my eyebrows in watchlists, spread sheets, and previously unknown websites. But, rest assured of two things:

1) You can always find my philosophical ravings, smart-ass comments, and completely biased world view right here.
2) My philosophical ravings, smart-ass comments and completely biased world view will be slipped in at every possible opportunity there. (Subject to editorial review, of course).

So, what started as a lark one Sunday afternoon has turned into a pretty serious hobby. I'm not sure what to call myself now. Volunteer reporter? Is it too early to start dreaming of one of those 5 cents a word deals I've heard about? Anyway, it's going to be fun, interesting, and educational for all.


Zeke said...

Well, good luck.

I can imagine having to stick to facts.

Or even pretending to have any understanding of what I'm doing.
Visit me at
Zeke Says So Blog

E!!-lizabeth Crum said...

You are what is known as a "citizen journalist."

And if you write good stuff, you CAN sometimes sell your stories - which would really just be lengthier/revamped blog posts - and make a little bank.

My advice is: Compile a list of editors and their email addresses @ publications you'd like to see your work in, and start submitting work. You won't be paid much at first (maybe $50 to $150 per piece) but it can snowball once you get in print.

http://texex-xpress.blogspot.com/ said...

Well...let me be the third to wish all the very best in your new writing career. You're pretty darn good already!

May I recommend Goldwater's "Conscience of a Conservative" as a good place to start? Some day the Dems might get around to writing a manifesto in book form instead of tagging on public walls. heh heh heh...

Local So-and-so said...

Thanks folks. You know, I try not to take myself too seriously. There's a lot of good people and creative writers on the internet, three of them right here. Thanks for the inspiration.

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