Why a blog? This actually isn’t new… it started more than two years ago. Our local newspaper asked for area bloggers, and my husband actually thought I could bring an interesting perspective, one that people needed to hear. Our chat brought forth a title, “Invisible Issues,” as we so often come into contact with roadblocks that aren’t easily noticeable. As a person living with MS, one whose mobility is becoming challenged in ways that can be a bit frustrating, I submitted the idea to the newspaper. And a blog was born. The paper published this for quite some time, and I submitted one to three postings a week… then the newspaper was sold to different owners, and the blog changed form. My seventy or so posts (which I thankfully saved on my own hard drive) were gone… and their set-up no longer had archives. Also, the blogger had to email in a submission to the editorial board, for it to be approved then posted (sometimes a few days later).
Because my posts would be printed in the newspaper (only a part, but with a link to the online site), I continued… but not as frequently. A blog is meant to be able to have a little – or a big – post, sometimes timely… and able to be edited. If I saw a typo, I emailed it to an editor who would then change the little error. Then came last week. After submitting a post, I found that I couldn’t see it online without a username and password. And one had to pay a newspaper subscription fee to have the said arrangement. So basically, I was volunteering to create a blog that people couldn’t access without paying a fee. (And I couldn’t see my own post until the system came through to assign me a username and password – it took more than a day, and my typos stayed there. And the system they’re using gives a numerical password, one you can’t change to something memorable.)
If I’m to write a blog, I would like it to be accessible (accessibility is one thing I write about). Our newspaper, like newspapers around the country, is struggling to make ends meet. However, I think it is shooting itself in the foot by asking consumers to pay to view online content. I know that this didn’t even work for The New York Times, so I’m not quite sure why they think it will work in east central Indiana. In this age of instant news and access, people will find other news sources that are available free of charge.
So there is my bit of an introduction. One thing I did get from the paper a few months back was permission to use my previous posts in ways I wished. So… I’ll be reposting some of my favorites in the coming weeks. I tend to write in an informal, conversational style, so I’ll likely bop in at times with just a few sentences about life, and at times with a few paragraphs. But I do like to write, so instead of having lots of “this would make a fun blog topic” thoughts that go by the wayside, I’ll try to actually type them out.
Here goes – thanks for coming along for the ride. I will try to not just make us think, but also make us smile.