Thanks to our friends the Cherrys, the recent “Ypsilanti Courier” piece on local blogging is now online in its entirety.
Here’s my only somewhat-coherent quote:
“I only see [the local blogosphere] as positive. Even the negative stuff comes from a positive place,” Maynard said. “People want to save this town. They don’t want things to fall apart.”
All things considered, it’s a good article. There are, however, a few things that aren’t quite right. Steve Cherry, for instance, did not help me start my blog, as it’s reported. No, he didn’t see me in the street, grab me by the shoulders and say, “I think you’ve got what it takes to be a blogger.” As much as I wish that was the case, it just wasn’t. (Actually, if I were going to fictionalize it, I’d say that he “discovered” me at a soda fountain in Hollywood and brought me to Ypsi.)
I can’t remember when I met Steve. I think my site had already been up and running for a while on Blogger when I discovered what Steve was up to. We exchanged a few emails and then Steve and I met for breakfast at the Bomber. Then, over time, we became friends. (At least I think we’re friends.) And, at some point, Steve convinced me to leave Blogger and move over to a more techie platform called b2evolution. He helped me in that transition and, as the technology is still way over my head, he’s been helping me ever since. (This site, I’m ashamed to say, has become an albatross around the Cherry’s neck.*) In fact, if all goes according to plan, he’ll be moving this site over to his server during the holidays.
I know that very few of you probably care to know all of this, but I felt as though I had to set the record straight. Steve is a great man, and he and his wife, Hillary, are probably responsible for the fact that I got so involved in the community here. (Before I met them, I just blogged about my various pop culture obsessions.) He isn’t, however, responsible for my blogging. That was the OCD’s fault. (Steve and Hillary, for those of you who don’t know, have since left Ypsi for Hamtramck, Michigan. You can follow their exploits there at the Hamtramck Star.)
[*At some point in the “Courier” article, Steve is referred to as, “the Cherry.”]