When I started Barnestormin, I hoped to inform and entertain readers. I also hoped that through my writing here I would be able to bring to light some of the less-publicized issues in Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh region. I think that to some extent I have succeeded in these goals.
I believe my stories on lobbyists in this state have brought more mainstream media attention to the issue. Some of the other issues I have been writing about are not really addressed elsewhere online or in newspapers, and I think that because of that fact, those stories are serving a good purpose. Forgive me for tooting my own horn, but I am my own best PR flack.
Still, when I started this blog I thought I’d receive a more positive reception to it in my hometown. I’ve made my career in journalism mostly here in Pittsburgh, and people here know me and my work, so I thought more folks would give me a plug or two in a good faith effort to help me out. Some of those I expected to help have done so and I’m thankful for that. But strangely to me, some of those who I expected to help spread the word have not. Others, who I never heard of before, have let more readers know about Barnestormin.
So I never thought that the first newspaper to mention my web log would be on the other side of the state, particularly since many of my stories are based in Pittsburgh. Oddly, that is what has happened. And it happened because of one kind writer.
A sharp-eyed blogger in the Philadelphia area recently picked up on Barnestormin and blurbed it for others to know about. I want to put a Barnestormin holler out to Above Average Jane, who was kind enough to let readers know about my blog. Thanks to Jane, the Allentown Morning Call on Dec. 12 became the first newspaper in the state to mention my Pittsburgh-based blog. The newspaper mentioned my little web site in the following excerpt:
“In The Blogosphere:
Keystone Politics on a simmering veto showdown between Gov. Ed and the Legislature; GrassrootsPa rounds up some, but not all, of the Pennsylvania Society coverage; Young Philly Politics on legislation that would restrict voting rights for ex-cons; A Smoke-Filled Room on who Gov. Ed might appoint to the state Supreme Court; Above Average Jane picks up some PA Society coverage as well; PennPatriot is a new find; Barnestormin' is also another new-ish 'blog…”
I want to holler out to the Morning Call, and to folks in Allentown, the Lehigh Valley and the greater Philly area. Thanks for checking out my blog; I am flattered and gratified. This Internet thing is amazing—you never can tell exactly who is reading.