Well… sort of. One of the weblogs I read regularly is Dwight Silverman’s TechBlog over at the Houston Chronicle. Dwight’s been a computer and tech columnist at the Chronicle for many years, and now he runs the Chronicle’s web site, in addition to writing a Saturday column and the TechBlog. A few weeks back, Dwight posted this on his weblog:
What’s your passion?
What do you really care about? What are you passionate about? What are the things in your life that make it rich and fill your days?
Would you like to tell the world about them? At Chron.com, we want to give you the chance to write about your passions, the things about which you consider yourself an expert, on our site.
Are you into gardening, scrapbooking, astronomy, cooking, wine, fishing, knitting, birding, hiking, camping, cars, jewelry, antiques, travel, electronics, books . . . ?
In other words, name your passion. If you live in the Houston area and would like to blog about what you know best on Chron.com, drop me an e-mail. I’ll get back to you with more details.
Well, I’m a nut for Linux and Unix, so I wrote Dwight to see if that interested him as a blog theme. He said no, not right away. He wanted the first round of blogs to be of more broad interest. As it turns out, I’m glad he said no. There’s already many Linux blogs out there, and I would have been just another face in the crowd.
A few days later, another idea hit me. Why not write a blog about PC-based video production? It’s something I’m passionate about, although it’s not a topic I know as deeply as I know Linux. I thought about it for a while, then wrote back to Dwight with the idea. He liked it, although he’s asked me to keep it at the beginner’s level.
So, starting today, I am writing one of the Chronicle’s new “reader blogs” in chron.Commons. My blog is called Making Movies, and deals with all aspects of doing video production on personal computers. Mine is one of twelve new weblogs at the Chronicle; the other eleven are:
- In Your Kitchen: Cooking with Megan Lapari
- Mama Drama: Babies with Catherine Borsché
- Downshift: Motorsports with L.J. Skibbe
- Gunblog: Firearms with J. Reynolds
- Pokertable: Poker with Will Chen
- Light Flight: Flying ultralights with Robert Laird
- Dogbytes: Dogs with Loralei Zwitt
- Catcall: Cats with Laurence Simon
- Scrap of Time: Scrapbooking with Susan Laird
- Artbeat: Houston’s art scene with Damon Thomas
- The High Score: Videogaming with Jason Kouches
It’s quite a varied lineup, isn’t it? But it’s just the beginning. The Chronicle has plans to add dozens more reader blogs in the coming months.
These reader blogs will be independent voices. The Chronicle will not tell us what to write, and will not exercise editorial oversight, except that they (naturally) reserve the right to delete objectionable material.
I’m very excited to be part of the first wave of reader blogs at the Chronicle. It not only gives me a chance to write about something I love, but lets me write about it in front of a potentially huge audience. I naturally feel some pressure because of that, but I think I’m up to the task.
Update: when Dwight used his techblog to announce the chron.Commons, he called me eloquent. Cool!