Monday, 7 January 2008
Happy new year - are you being served?
I wrote a long, rambling post about what I was doing, and about state of local media, but thought better of posting it. What I really just want to know is, what do you come to this site for? I know that a number of people come here, but I really don't know WHY, other than being a pal, or some sort of morbid curiosity.
There are SO many people blogging about the Grid and beyond, and so many organizations, from the Bee and SNR to semi-mechanical sites like Metroblogging and Yelp! and SacLights, that are trying to get your attention. I'm trying to assess what it is that I can offer you. With paying work needing to be done, and what seems to me to be a surplus of people vying for your attention, I don't want to waste your time, or my own.
So, I'm starting this year with a question: What is it that I can offer you via the blog? While years ago, I may have been in love with the sound of my own voice, and full of opinions, I have had plenty of years to bloviate and opine, and frankly, the thrill is gone. I want to be USEFUL to you, otherwise there's just no point for me. The internet has changed a lot of things, and the opportunity to just hold forth is one of them - and I no longer find that particularly compelling.
So: What can I do for you?
Do you want personal recommendations for what I think is interesting? Do you want a calendar of what's coming up? Do you want entertainment information, do you care about shops, or restaurants, etc? Do you want to know more about random Sacramento residents? Do you want info on the latest developments, controversies, etc? Working within a structure like the Bee's was easy - being outside of it, the structure disappears, and I'm no longer sure what people want from me - if anything! Nearly all of that stuff is already available at the traditional media outlets - and I don't want to replicate what they're doing. But I also know that a LOT of people aren't paying attention to what The Bee says anymore, and that the online presence of the traditional media in this town is...iffy.
So...where to, gang?