Apparently I have a few blog readers -- or, as Julia Powell would say, "bleaders." Not many at all, but a few check in every day. I don't advertise the site at all so I'm curious about how you found me. Leave a comment. Please.
I would like to put myself out there a little more but I need to be cautious with what I write so I don't compromise the perception of journalistic objectivity. Yes, I said perception. There's no such thing as true objectivity. Just ask (the ghost of) Walter Lippmann. But a little idealism never hurt any one, did it?
Apparently I have fans. Actual fans. It's very weird. They invited me to lunch today and then actually took out a camera to take my picture like I'm some sort of celebrity. One of them, who was dressed in a t-shirt, actually even said she should have worn a suit to the lunch. To meet me. So, yes, I'm letting this go to my head.
I should tell you that these are Twitter followers. My Twitter group is small but hardcore.
In other news ... apparently we're going to be doing more Web casting. I'm not quite sure how I feel about that. I don't like seeing myself on camera and I don't like being put on the spot. This is going to be LIVE! In a way that may be better than pre-recorded because then I'd keep doing retakes all day long. At least this way I can't overthink it. Well, I probably will overthink it anyway, but by then it will be too late.
I guess I'm becoming a brand.
Here's what's in my MoJo (mobile journalism) kit. What's in yours?
In the laptop backpack:
Earbuds for listening to audio
2 reporter notebooks
Astronaut pen (writes upsidedown, in rain, wherever)
Press pass / credentials
Cell phone charger
Camera-to-computer USB cable
Small tripod for Flip camera (Gotta ditch this. I've never used it.)
Gaffers tape (to wrangle extension cords)
A few singles for vending machines & quarters for parking meters
Seabands -- motion sickness bands (for train travel or long cab rides.)
Digital audio recorder
Spare AA batteries for Flip camera & audio recorder
Things I carry just sometimes:
List of addresses of places I need to go
Manila envelope for receipts
Travel rewards cards (ie. Marriott rewards, Amtrak rewards, etc.)
In the car: