Now I’ll need even MORE story ideas!

23 Mar

It continues to amaze me how capricious blog ideas can be. There are times that I have so many story ideas in the pipeline that I have to draw up a schedule for them so I don’t forget any — and then another one or two come in that need immediate attention and throw my whole schedule off.

Then there’s times like now, when I got nuthin’.  That’s when I go trolling around the Internet to see if an idea jumps out at me. It didn’t take too long this time around.

My first trolling stop was the Webster section of the Democrat & Chronicle website, where I came across Stacy Gittleman’s final column. Stacy is just finishing up a three-year stint as the Our Towns East Extra columnist for the D&C.  She’s preparing to move with her family to Detroit, and as a result has to give up the column, and pass it on to the next lucky writer.

If you haven’t heard yet, that’s me.

Beginning this coming Friday, I’ll be writing the Our Towns east-side column, which will appear every Friday. But fear not; I’ll still be your Webster blogger, too. (I’m having too much fun with this to stop now.)

Stacy gave me a nice little intro in her final column, which I really appreciate (read the column here). But I particularly liked the part where she thanks the D&C for

…helping me find my voice in reporting on all the local heroes in our midst. It gave me such a sense of connection and belonging in Rochester to know that this column helped raise funds and awareness for so many of the causes that you support.

That pretty much sums up what I’ve always tried to do with my blog and what I’ll continue to try to do with the column.

In honor of my Webster roots, my first column will highlight Zech Vanzo, a Webster Thomas High School junior who’s making a name for himself in the music business.  You can get a preview of Zech’s story on my East Extra Facebook Page. I’m hoping to use the Facebook page to post bonus material including longer versions of the column, accompanying photos and calendar items that I couldn’t get into the column. There’s not much on there yet, but please consider popping over there and checking it out. (You could be my second “Like”!)

See you in the papers!


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