It’s a gray afternoon right now in Pittsburgh, warm and overcast. I haven’t left my apartment today and if the sun doesn’t come out I may just stay in and listen to The Doors on YouTube and stretch out on the sofa with two pillows under my weary head and continue to read the thick (and excellent) book on the French Revolution that I checked out from the public library a few days ago.
I sit at my workstation, surfing the web and listening to the local 24/7 (KQV) all news station on the radio. Of course, most of the “news” is gloom and doom. And once again I don’t know if I should cover more gloom and doom. I don’t think gloom and doom fits my little girlie magazine.
I sit at my workstation and tweet and retweet and scan Politico and The Huffington Post and Salon and Slate and The New York Times and The Village Voice and Rolling Stone and I check Egotastic All Stars and my Mr. Skin/Naked News account.
I try to come up with something to blog about and that will fit into the magazine’s subtitle: Blogging*Film*Karaoke*Short Stories*TV*The Female Nude.
Hyperlocal Blogs And Citizen Journalism
I’ve been reading on the Internet about the terms “hyperlocal blogs” and “citizen journalism.” Hyperlocal blogs cover very finite areas (like neighborhoods or even the bar scene in a particular neighborhood) and the blog posts are meant to be most relevant over a very finite period of time (like days or even minutes). Citizen journalism refers to the public using media tools to report on areas or events (usually local areas and local events) that the mainstream media does not find worth the time or the effort to cover.
So, I guess I’m something of a citizen journalist with a hyperlocal blog. Things are getting serious here at The Gazette. Oh, they were always serious, but now even more so. And blogging is still lots of fun (and addictive).
Speaking of fun, I get my fun money for July in about two weeks. I can’t wait to get back to Little Italy (back to Armand’s for that first beer and Nico’s Recovery Room and Sonny’s Tavern for karaoke); but I get so much more blogging and reading done when I’m broke…
Hail to Pitt!
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. Sign up for your free email subscription today (or you could bookmark or follow my little girlie magazine, too).
All photos of Lissy Cunningham were sampled from Egotastic All Stars.