Sunday, January 07, 2007

PERSONAL-LIFE INVASION: MAILBOX'S FUTURE

No, no... I'm not going to stop blogging. But the blog is going to be different soon. Those of you who follow the Mailbox know how weird and infrequent it is. The Mailbox has been in a unique position without knowing it's position. It knows it's lost but doesn't mind the alien scenery. However, that's about to change.

As of January 6, I accepted a reporter position with the Joplin Globe. I'll have more details about it when my beat is officially announced and after Randy Turner takes credit for breaking the story. (self-depreciating joke, there...I'm hardly story-worthy.) I'll say this: My beat is a field with which I'm very familiar and enthusiastic to cover. I'll have a great boss and be surrounded by great reporters.

Sitting on the copy desk, watching the news go by, was a needed break for me. Making the transition from a weekly to a daily was good for me overall. It taught me humility, patience and that spell-check and AP style are really good things. Now, I'll be getting back into the thick of things and I can't wait.

That means the blog will change, though. I don't know if the Mailbox will become a reporter's notebook, dishing out my biases and takes on the stories I cover. Maybe the Mailbox will revert back to its snarky, "Best Week Ever" wannabe style. Maybe it will do nothing but debate whether bloggers are really journalists. Maybe the Mailbox will be about my adventures in City 17, fighting the Combine. Or about my frustrations with Pirates of the Mysterious Islands. Or doing nothing but trying to get a point in the death game. I don't know.

What I do know is that there will be a renewed vigor when I figure out what that will be. So, for all of you who have checked here and cursed from the lack of new content, thanks for your patience. It will be rewarded with a redesign and regular updates. And I'm not forgetting my fiction, either. A wise man once told me that every journalist has a story inside them, and that's where it should stay. I'm still going to try to prove him wrong...Project Ghost will be finished one day soon. Maybe I'll post some of it.

To my family and friends: Thanks for your patience with me and my wishy-washy decisions over the last few months. My road lies clearly in front of me now. Doubt is gone. Challenge awaits. I promise you large MoJoe-burgers and imbibements when I get moved into my new house.

To TLP: Thank you, ma soleil. You make me want to be a better person. I love you.

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Comments:
Do you still commute daily?

BTW, Who dat?
 
Yep... still commuting. I'm just not as motivated to sell the house without you asking me about it every day. :)

How's life over there, Daddy Big-Head?
 
Pretty good. It's nice working only one or two nights a week.

My commute is also shorter than yours. That's a good thing.
 
Congrats, my friend. And you've inspired me to slack off on my blog as well! :) Don't worry, there are many good reasons for it.. all of them pertaining to me writing other material elsewhere, and some of it being me returning to school and some of it being me writing for potential publication. Either way, good luck with the new job, the eventual relocation, and Project Ghost (which I swear I will read soon!). Also, good luck to you and TLP. Patience I can give you, as I can't wait to see where the blog goes next!
 
Congratulations! By the way, thanks for calling me back over Christmas!! :-/ Kind of good you didn't, 'cause I left your cards at home. Oops! Next time.
 
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