I walked into Little Italy today. It’s a lovely day in The ‘Burgh today, a mix of clouds and sunshine and a high around 65. I picked up a green pepper, a bottle of hot sauce and a package of lean ground beef (to put in the freezer of my refrigerator for any future spaghetti sauce) at the supermarket in Bloomfield (Little Italy) and then I strolled back to Armand’s (after walking pass it on the way to the supermarket) to sit on a high stool at the bar near the window up front so I could watch Liberty Avenue. There were two other customers in the place and Gale the bartender. We were all baby boomers.
I had picked up a Pittsburgh City Paper on my way to the supermarket. It’s a free weekly newspaper that deals with local politics and local culture. I sat at the bar, sipping from a sixteen ounce can of Pabst Blue Ribbon as I thumbed through the PCP and watched Liberty Avenue and thought about The Gazette. I’m always thinking about my little girlie blog. I love being a full-time professional blogger.
I recently changed the mission statement of The Gazette. For the longest time the mission of this blog was to promote flash fiction in general and erotic flash fiction in particular; and a part of this promotion was to publish a flash fiction story by a contributor every month and to pay that writer $30.00. I did this for several years; but as this blog evolved from being a hobby into being a business, I had to start running it as a business. And my business was running in the red. I had to cut expenses. The easiest way to cut expenses was to cut back on the number of writers I published, mainly because that $30.00 every month came out of my pocket.
(The special July fiction issue will not come out of my pocket every month when I can really use the money. I plan to pay for it from the rent rebate check I expect to get in July.)
But since I was no longer publishing a writer of flash fiction every month, I felt the mission of the magazine had to change. This is the new Mission Statement Of The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette:
To give encouragement and useful insights to other bloggers about how to drive more traffic to their blogs by relating my own experiences as a full-time professional blogger.-Guy Hogan
And then I would give my stats for the previous month.
My Traffic For February 2016
Views Per Visitors: 3.22
Posts Published: 23
So, I sat at the bar in Armand’s and drank my beer and watched Liberty Avenue and thought deep thoughts about life and writing and blogging…I got a six-pack to go.
Hail to Pitt!
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.