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Opinion Matters at post No. 2,000

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Greg Peck
February 4, 2014

I started this blog on June 8, 2009, and today marks my 2,000th post. Not all of them have been works of art, of course. When you post so regularly and do so around many other work duties, not every post will win a literary prize.

I started out posting three times a day, then quickly scaled back to twice. One of those previewed my editorial for the next day. When we moved to our new website last year and started posting the next day's editorial online around midday, it erased the need to preview the editorial in my blog. So now, I blog once each weekday, whenever I'm not filling in for other editors (like tomorrow night).

Still, I think reaching 2,000 is a milestone worth reflection. I pledged to post regularly to build an audience. I also stated that I would mix it up, to blend commentary with lighter reading. I suggested I wouldn't always offer my own viewpoints, despite the blog's name of “Opinion Matters,” but toss out ideas in hopes of stirring community conversations and get you, my readers, to more readily share your thoughts. I think I've stuck to those vows.

This blog has been one of the most rewarding and frustrating things I've ever done in my career. At times I struggle to find a new topic each day. Still, it has helped me get out and be more engaged in the community, a way to generate more writing topics. I've shared with you my interests, including sports, writing and outdoor recreation, as well as personal insights. I think these have helped readers see me as human, as someone who's part of and who cares about the community. Perhaps, in small ways, that helps you understand and appreciate my perspectives when I write Gazette editorials almost daily.

Still, being online every day exposes me to anonymous criticism. To those who think I'm boring or know nothing about creative writing, well, I'm sorry you're disappointed and hope you find writers who better serve your reading time.

The change to our new website also has been discouraging in that comments have dropped off markedly. Now you must be a paid customer and register in order to comment. I used to know that if I wrote about a topic such as driving, I likely would stir dozens of comments. Sure, some of these devolved into anonymous and trivial sparring matches between two or three readers, but today I can write on a topic and pose a question with great hopes and generate only silence.

I'll keep plugging along as best as I can, however, and hope that the wide majority of you read my blog posts because you find them valuable or interesting or both. Thanks again for reading, and if you like a topic—or even if you don't—don't hesitate to speak up!

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.



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