I've been on a break here for a couple of weeks. Because I do this as a hobby and not as an assignment, I have that luxury. I thought I might benefit from standing back a bit from The Busman's Holiday and considering whether to make any changes.
My interest in blogging started with a desire to explore what sorts of things I could do in this medium. That's included offering additional details on stories I cover -- providing readers with looks at the raw material of news gathering, e-mails, court documents, and extended Q&A sessions. My blogging tends to be more motivated by the enjoyment of creating the posts than anything else.
My interests in covering local government and politics mean there's a lot of focus on Grant Street here. While I'm a general assignment reporter, I don't really have a taste for "crime blogging", for example. I've been thinking about the fact that the accumulation of my posts may create expectations about content. If I broadened into a wider range of topics, how would that be received?
Because I moderate reader comments, there's not the opportunity to build the momentum of readers interacting on this blog. I moderate the comments because -- as a reporter -- I don't feel comfortable hosting the occasional anonymous allegations or attacks that can pop up in an unmoderated environment. The downside is that I don't benefit from the potential for immediate response. I do enjoy feedback from readers and other bloggers about what I write here. Let me know what you think.
Thursday, June 19, 2008