Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The 1000th Post and some Great News!


I'd planned on making the 1000th post a big to-do, but with the election results looming I hurried things up a bit. I didn't want a blog started in the afterglow of an election win to 'celebrate' with a (possible) election loss.

Anyhow, if you're of a mind to review the last 999 entries I've added the entry labels - an index of sorts - to the sidebar. Let me know when you find a post with missing pictures from the AOL era and I'll get it up and running.

And now, drum roll please:

As I walked in the house after voting I took a call from O. Ricardo Pimentel, editorial page editor of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

You might remember the contest to join the editorial page for a year as a guest columnist. At the time I wrote on this blog
I don't think I'll fare well. It just didn't 'flow' tonight, the construction was awkward, midway through one column my research proved faulty and I had to rework it back to the bare bones. . .
Huh. Shows what I know. Pimentel was calling to ask if I was still interested, and if so if I'd be willing to take the job. The answer to both questions was a very happy 'yes'.

He said he'd be sending me a detailed email in the next few days about the job. If the original intent of the contest holds true I'll be joining around 30 other writers who'll share the duties of producing content six days out of the week. By my math that means I'll have at least ten columns published in the 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning Journal-Sentinel, albeit at a mere $25 payment for each.

Well, hot dog!

So after 1000 posts spread out over just (days) shy of four years, I've finally reached one of the original goals of this site: to get my writing noticed and to land a job that pays me to tiki-ticki-ticki on a keyboard!

That's worth celebrating!


Beth said...

Congrats on the new gig! I hope it leads to even bigger and even better things!

Astaryth said...

Woo Hoo!! Congrats! I'm so happy to see you getting to do this. You will do great, and with luck it will lead to bigger and better things.

Jeanne said...

So happy to hear of this, congrats, and I know it will lead to bigger and better things, great job, well done :)

megryphon said...

Congratulations! A great way to celebrate the 1000 post.

And keep in mind that a check is a check is a check...

;^) Jan the Gryphon

Brian said...

That's awesome. I found you through Blog Explosion (see, normal people are on there, well, if you consider me normal).

I have written a weekly column for my local paper for seven years now (after eight years as an editor and reporter). Welcome to the club.

Now that you have to produce something each week, you are officially devoid of any ideas. :)