Hello readers! This is the first post to my new blog, The Carbondale Observer. I’m excited to start blogging! I plan to blog about Carbondale, SIUC, Jackson County, and the surrounding area.
Normally, this is where I’d tell you about myself. I have decided to blog anonymously, so I’m going to skip that part. Who I am, where I’m from, my age, my job, my religion, my racial and gender identities, and my political views are not relevant to this blog, so I am going to leave those out.
I do want to tell you a little about what to expect from this blog. My tagline is “news and commentary about Carbondale, Illinois and SIUC.” Expect more commentary than news. The Southern Illinoisan, the Daily Egyptian, and the Carbondale Times (no website) already provide news coverage. I lack the time, resources, and contacts to compete with them.
I’m more interested in commentary and analysis. I’m interested in social capital, economic development and entrepreneurship, community development, architecture and urban design, arts, culture, and conservation. I am especially interested in the connections and relationships between people and institutions. I expect to blog about these topics.
I will tell you one thing about myself. I tend to think in terms of problems and solutions. In any context or situation, I’m interested in what’s not working. I like to identify problems, then propose and evaluate solutions. It would be easy to mistake a problem/solution orientation for negativity, so I’ll be careful to also post about what is working, and not just about what isn’t.
Finally, I promise to be as fair and accurate as possible. We all have preferences and biases, and I can’t promise mine won’t creep into this blog from time to time. Sometimes situations are murky and it isn’t possible to say with certainty what is true. In these cases I’ll do the best I can. But I will never post anything on this blog that I know or suspect to be false, and I’ll confirm information when possible.
Comments are welcome, but keep it clean. I will delete comments that are libelous or hateful.
I hope you enjoy reading!