So, you know how nobody reads blogs? Or how bloggers aren’t journalists? Or how bloggers are people who live in their parents’ basement and stay in their pajamas all day, never interacting face to face with anyone? Or how bloggers are people who just want attention, focus on traffic and want to figure out how to make money without lifting a finger?
Well, if the front page of this morning’s Chagrin Sun doesn’t bust a few of those myths, then, in my estimation, it will have busted at least one other myth: that newspaper people resent, hate, don’t understand or otherwise wish ill toward bloggers. I don’t know anything about how I was selected as the 2008 Most Influential Person in Pepper Pike beyond what the paper published. But I will say that I’m humbled, honored and incredibly impressed that the description the paper uses to explain why they think I deserve this recognition specifically and unabashedly credits my blogging. To me, that too is something worth recognizing.
I’d also like to congratulate the other people chosen on their achievements.
A note on this image: because it was oversized for my printer/copier/scanner, I could not reduce the size of the entire front page and then scan it in (I won’t bore you with the details of the ways I tried – I’m going to have it done properly tomorrow). So I removed the above-the-fold four most influentials from the other four towns the paper covers and placed the below-the-fold two people there instead. Again, I will replace this image tomorrow after I get the front-paged re-sized and scanned. (The electronic version is not available yet – I don’t know if they make it available but will keep checking.)
Here’s the text under the main headline:
Once again, the Chagrin Sun is naming a Most Influential Person for the year just ended.
The staff searched for the person who left the biggest footprint – for better or worse – in 2008 in each municipality served by the paper.
We hand-picked people with the moxie to take the lead, to take on a challenge, to stand up to the status quo or poke their heads above the crowd. Or, they may have worked behind the scenes to make a difference.
Our choices are on this page.
Happy New Year. Here’s to people who will leave their own footprints on 2009.
And here’s the text next to my photo:
Jill Miller Zimon “Writes Likes She Talks.” She’s the chief writer and editor for her blog, which keeps a sharp eye on local, state and national politics.
City Council rescinded its restrictions on political signs in residents’ yards last summer after Zimon featured the issue on her blog.
In the words of Eric Fingerhut, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, “She is very powerful, so be nice to her.”
I’ll write about what the heck this even means in a separate post.