This marks the 2000th post to this blog. Hey, when I hit 1000 posts....well, 1000 posts ago.... the County Executive tweeted a shout out. Wonder if that will happen this time?
Two thousand posts over eight and a half years. There's so much I could write about in retrospect, about lessons learned, about favorite posts-- but I think what I'd rather do is write more prospectively. I kind of use the occasion of my blogaversary in May to look back. Let's look ahead instead! And there's much to look forward to!
For some time I've been thinking about what this particular creative product will look like post-2016 election. A lot of my posts have been about the HCPSS and that Board of Education election, and although I don't see moving away from the HCPSS as a topic, I do see the frequency of those posts going down.
So what do I see? What am I going to do over the next thousand posts to make this blog bigger and better? A few things.
- More live broadcasts and videos. I tried this a few times over Periscope this past year and I liked it! I also was please with the number of live viewers and the feedback. Facebook now makes this easier, and the broadcasts can be saved to YouTube. So that.
- I'm toying with the idea of a regular broadcast. It may be a Friday night or Sunday night production, and it may or may not involve a co-host and/or guests. I don't know yet. I've already put some feelers out there and we'll see what comes out of it.
- I'm going to go back towards providing more of a state-wide analysis, but with local focus. Maryland has several great state-level blogs of politics and government but the piece that I see missing is the piece that answers what Mr. and Mrs. Baltimore City, or Talbot County, or Alleghany County, are thinking around their dining table. About what's of interest to them. I'm going to provide that voice. I hope.
- I am going to work to bring more of a national political focus to this blog. This may be too much out of my core space, but we'll see. The fact is that we just had a historic national election with incredible impact upon virtually every fiber of American life. How can this time we live in be ignored? The simple answer is that it can't be and while I don't see myself writing for Politico any time soon, what the new administration brings, and their impact upon everyday life-- I do find those things being part of what I do best.
- Back to the hyper-local focus for this last bit. I can't let the 50th birthday of Columbia next year go uncommemorated. Therefore, I will be producing a book. At least. I intend to comb back through these archives, and chronicle the most impactful 100 (or so) posts out of the Zesty Topicality, and produce a volume suitable for your coffeetable, nightstand, or water closet! Working title? "Views from the Land of Milk and Honey: Columbia and Howard County, Maryland through the eyes of the Marshmallow Man". Like it? I knew you would!
So these are the things to look forward to in the near and not so near future. In the meantime I look forward to continuing to inform, entertain, annoy, amuse, and make you think. God knows we need more of pretty much all of those things. Especially that last one.
I hope everyone has a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving holiday here in the US! I really hope to hear of no dinner violence anywhere because some goofballs argued about the election. How come I think it's gonna happen though?
Let's be careful out there.
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