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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

SmAlbany is hiring!

Help Wanted: For a few months now, I've been considering different ways to expand content on Oh, SmAlbany!. I'm now strongly considering having multiple people contribute to the site on a regular basis, instead of just myself. My goal right now would be for Oh, SmAlbany! to be publishing 7-10 quality posts each day. Right now, I'm lucky if I can get two or three. Now, I'm not looking to downgrade my own participation. But if we had a stable of 5 contributors, I think that would greatly improve the blog and also take some pressure off individual writers (read: me). Everyone has bad weeks. Sometimes my posts just suck. For weeks.

Now, obviously this is a risky endeavor. I'd be losing control of the content of the blog. But honestly, I think it'd be worth it. It'd be a great improvement to have a variety of voices around here. I'm knowledgeable about SmAlbany, but not that knowledgable. And my writing style - not to mention my thinking style - can get pretty monotonous. Some days I just don't have enough interesting things to write about.

A good example of a multi-contributor blog is the libertarian blog The Volokh Conspiracy. That's the kind of arrangement I have in mind. It wouldn't be a situation in which contributors respond to each others' posts; I don't enjoy blogs that turn into internal arguments. Instead, we'd simply have a greater variety and quantity of independent contributions that stand on their own, not connected to other posts except incidentally.

I'd be looking for people interested in either niche writing (for example, local food) or just general Albany contributions (like me). Heck, I'd love to have a contributor who specialized in Albany history and could write about it without boring us to death. I'd want you to committ to 2 posts/week at a minimum and 10 posts/week at a maximum. While I'd definitely set some rough guidelines for posting, I wouldn't touch your content. Your free expression would only be constrained by the fact that you would have to put your name on whatever you write, like I do. And, of course, I could give you the boot if you did something utterly unacceptable. But generally, it would be a free environment. Obviously, we'd want to maintain civility among the contributors, but I'd certainly be open to having various opposing views - on everthing from politics to local music - represented.

If you might be interested, send me an email discussing what you'd want to write about and telling me a little bit about yourself. If it seems like a good fit, I'll have you take a one-week trial run.

If you have thoughts about this idea in general, put that in the comments.
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At 6:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pick me! Pick me!

Now that DIA has decided to take at least some time off (OK, maybe an afternoon off) I won't be able to spend my morning coffee breaks making fun of the lefties and crunchies!

Alfred Newman.    



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