When I went in to talk to Mike Sechrist about blogging for WKRN, I thought he meant he wanted me to volunteer. Like, blog a few hours a week for them for free. When I got to his office and he said he wanted to pay me to blog 40 hours a week, I knew right away that we were about to embark on something revolutionary.
Mostly because no one had ever done that before: hire someone full-time to blog from within a newsroom.
The idea for Nashville is Talking, which was born by Terry Heaton and realized by Mike Sechrist and team, was genius. I had been blogging for six or so years without knowing who else in the area was doing the same. Once I began scouring locally for bloggers, magic happened. I discovered some serious, serious talent in Tennessee, most of which was going unnoticed.
As I trudged ahead blindly I watched people grow. I watched their blogs explode. I watched fast and firm friendships get made. I saw people who would have never communicated otherwise fight and make up and hug and become better for it all.
And more from me to come. Soon.