Monday, August 07, 2006

Am I In Or Out?

I kind of feel like the designer who's made the ugliest dress on Project Runway. I don't know whether I'm in or out.

I discussed this recently with my friend Fizzle. She asked me how much editorial freedom I have since I blog for the newspaper's site. My answer? I honestly don't know. This is a whole new frontier for most papers; mine has yet to establish any guidelines.

I do know that my journalistic instincts tend to take over when I'm considering what to blog; sharing information and insights takes precedence over personal stuff. And even though I write an opinion column for the paper, my objective sensibility automatically kicks when in I'm blogging.

I'm torn. I feel the need to write about a community I want to be part of. I blame this schizophrenia on BlogHer '06. Had I not met so many cool people, I wouldn't find myself in this quandary.

So what do y'all think? Should I be in? Or out? Or can I be both?


Blogger Fizzle said...

First of all, I need to know whether you're Malan or Angela. And if you're that mother of 5 architect who wears formal wear while sewing, then you're out, definitely out.

(I'm assuming your a Project addict, like me).

So I have an email I'm sending you back on the matter, but my sense is that because you're so closely associated with the newspaper, your blog existence somehow reflects on them, no? Which means, print nothing that would make them liable. But, as your are an OPINION blog writer, you can still chat with a lot of range. Stuff that doesn't fly in print, but works well in a more informal offline setting.

You should chat with my amiga Jenny over at The Houston Chronicle. She blogs for them, wonder what her input would be?

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