(Editor’s Note: This blog post was first published 28 August 2016)
One month passes and another month begins…Hello, hello, hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers! Guy Hogan is my name and blogging is my game. Everything is calm and peaceful here behind the scenes at The Gazette. I’m enjoying my last few days of downtime before returning to my regular beat in Little Italy on the first of next month (Thursday). I’ve embraced my life as a full-time blogger and I relish it. I’ve finally found my true vocation after all these years. If my computer were to blow up I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. I’d probably become a bum. Well, my computer hasn’t blown up so far and until it does I’ll just keep on blogging. It’s time for today’s edition of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
When I first set out about two and a half years ago to create this version of The Gazette, I’d been blogging long enough (oh, maybe ten years) to realize the magazine needed to serve the needs of a core audience that I was a member of, that I could speak to with some credibility. I also knew enough to realize I would need to blog about things that I could produce an endless stream of content about, things that I was passionate about. And what was I passionate about? Blogging, writing and karaoke. I had my core audience and I had our shared interests to blog about. And then I figured my core audience would like the same things I liked: movies, television and sexuality. Thus was born the blog you see before you today.
But there’s also a twist to this story. Even though I think of The Gazette as a magazine because it covers several different core topics, a gazette is also a newspaper. So my little girlie magazine also carries reports about things that go on in Pittsburgh, especially things that go on in the neighborhood I live in (Oakland) and the neighborhood I hangout in (Little Italy). And I’m The Gazette’s star reporter. I’m its only reporter. I don’t try to cover the big stories. I don’t have the resources to do that. (And I don’t want to repeat what someone else has written.) There are other publications in the city that do a great job on covering the big stories. I cover the little stories. The stories that are not important enough for the other local outlets to cover. I want to cover the micro stories that I’m a witness to or even better a participant in. Covering the micro stories is what a niche blog is supposed to do. I cover the micro stories that a Pittsburgher would be interested in, especially a Pittsburgher who lives in Oakland or Little Italy. But don’t get me wrong. Even though my little girlie magazine is Pittsburgh centric, there is plenty on this blog of interest for an international audience as my stats page proves to me every day. Every day The Gazette provides the yin and the yang for a local and an international audience.
When people ask me what do I do, I don’t tell them I’m retired. I tell them I’m a blogger.
And as the star reporter for The Gazette my next most pressing assignment is to find out if Sonny’s Tavern in Little Italy will have karaoke the first Sunday night of next month, because the first Monday of next month is Labor Day, a national holiday. I try to make karaoke at Sonny’s the first Sunday night of every month to test once again my theory of karaoke as an art form.
Hail to Pitt!
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. Today in The ‘Burgh it will be mostly sunny with a high around 85 and a 50% change of rain. All photos of Miranda Kerr were sampled from Egotastic All Stars. If you are not already a regular reader of The Gazette, now would be a great time to sign up for your free email subscription today.
The days are bright and filled with pain
Enclose me in your gentle rain