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Post blogger: "Help me decide my future"

"Help me decide my future," the headline reads. Here inside Story Lab, we're all about involving readers in the process of creating a report of the day's news, but this post by The Post's Avis Thomas-Lester on her On Success blog is something new--she's asking readers to help her decide whether to remain a blogger or return to a more traditional reporting role.

Here's Avis's post:


I'm in decision mode today, and I need your help.

I told you yesterday that I had gone to a meeting on Tuesday with my boss and my editor. We sat down to "evaluate" where we were with my role at On Success. My boss wanted to inow how I felt about blogging and editing other bloggers. My response: "I don't hate it."

It was an honest answer. I've been doing this since early November. I used to hate it. The all-consuming nature of it--the e-mails, phone calls, constant interaction, always feeling "on" and dealing with technology all day. My boss seemed disappointed in my answer. I think he hoped that I would say that I loved it, that I had thoroughly embraced every part of my complicated new job.

So I was intrigued by his offer to go back to reporting, if I wanted. There is a job open that is similar to what I was doing previously. I could have my old life back--talking to sources each day, pitching stories, going out to talk to regular people whose lives had purposely or inadvertently intersected with crime, celebrity, sports, history or something else that made them a candidate for a story.

My dilemma is that I don't hate blogging anymore. Each day, I learn something new and, yes, exciting. It is challenging, time consuming, unfamiliar, though becoming less so and has placed me out there in a way I was previously able to avoid. I was always the fly-under-the-radar type. When they told me I had to have my picture on the blog, I freaked.

Now, I'm getting into it. I am working on new technology, interacting with folks from around the world, via the Internet, who are also trying to reinvent themselves. There is value is that. And satisfaction.

So, I'm not sure. I am happy to have the opportunity to return to traditional reporting, but I'm not sure I don't want to keep blogging. I thought about the stories I'd be doing in the next few months if I go back to traditional reporting, and my heart ached a little. Then, I thought about the interviews I'd be doing for On Success, and my heart ached a little at the prospect of not getting to chronicle the rise of those people to success.

What do you think? Go back to an old love or move forward with a seductive new opportunity? I have to let my boss know by Friday. Help me decide what to do.

Avis wants your advice by end of business Friday over at On Success. And we're eager to hear your thoughts on this use of reader interactivity...right here on the Story Lab comment board.

By Marc Fisher  | December 17, 2009; 9:20 AM ET
 
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