Social media should still be social


Last year, I made a New Year’s resolution to blog more.

Did I blog up to my expectations? No. That said, I did blog at least 300 percent more in 2016 than I did in 2015. I consider that a success. (2015 was a very bad blogging year, but still.) Baby steps.

My 2017 resolution (for online purposes, at least) is not only to up my blog posts, but my overall use of social media. Not in the I-have-no-life-and-I-need-instant-gratification kind of way. But the look-at-the-power-of-social-media kind of way.

Specifically, I speak of Twitter.

Yes, you should follow me.

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On the SEPTA strike beat. Again.


A rundown from CBS This Morning on Nov. 1, 2016. (Red is a bad thing.)

When I saw the news early Tuesday morning of the SEPTA strike in Philadelphia, I had a flashback to 11 years ago.

I was a cub reporter for The Temple News. I’d written two articles (poorly) for the paper so far, and then one of SEPTA’s unions decided to strike. It was a Monday. And my news editor asked me to go get reaction to the strike from Temple students stranded with no transportation.

So that’s just what I did. I spoke to several students waiting for emergency Temple shuttles that never seemed to arrive. And frustration was rampant.

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I felt the earth move: Covering a historic natural disaster

Aug. 23, 2011. Five years ago, I was eating a snack in my car in the parking lot of the Charlottesville Harris Teeter when I felt a small rumble. I looked at the older woman in the parking spot across from me, and she appeared to have no reaction.

I looked across the street and saw the window panels on a building shake.

Did I just feel an earthquake? Nah. It’s Central Virginia. Psh.

I opened up Twitter and saw lots of locals questioning what just happened. And I shared my thoughts.

Then I got a text from a friend.

“Are you alive?”

That followed a text from my brother.

“Are you near that earthquake?”

Apparently, yes. Yes I was.

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Why Facebook Live is ruining America

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Facebook Live (courtesy Facebook)

An open letter to America.

Dear America,

You are ruining society with Facebook Live.

As soon as the feature was announced on CBS This Morning last month, my gut told me this would be the inevitable outcome. And you’ve proved me right.

We already overshare detailed facts about our indigestion, our fancy plates at Olive Garden and that silly thing our cat did the other day (cats still don’t like baths). And now, we can show these things live to anybody scrolling through a news feed. And that’s a problem.

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Reporting live: Putting together a résumé tape

That’s my new résumé tape. Demo reel. Reporter showcase.

There’s something I learned from years of producing résumé tapes. There’s no perfect résumé tape.

Maybe there’s a perfect résumé tape in the mind of a potential employer. But his or her version of a perfect résumé tape could be the complete opposite of the competitor’s version of a perfect résumé tape across town. It’s impossible to please everybody.

But I’m confident this will please somebody.

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Dumpling Night and the food blog you should read

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China House on Cecil B. Moore Avenue in Philadelphia, the place that originated Dumpling Night. (Courtesy: Google Maps)

As far as I was concerned, every Monday night in college was officially dubbed Dumpling Night.

Monday was production day for The Temple News. As editor, I would generally get into the office around 1 p.m., and I wouldn’t leave until the digital copy of the newspaper was sent to the publisher. That time often ranged between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.

As a reward for our hard work, we called China House, one of Temple’s fine take-out establishments. The conversation went like this:

Me: “Hi. I’d like to place two order of steamed pork dumplings for pickup, please.”

Them: “OK. Ten minutes.”

Me: “Thanks!”

Simple. Straight-forward. Delicious. This began my dumpling obsession.

I tell you this story because of my best friend, my most favorite person in the world, LeAnne Matlach. She was the reason for the second order of the steamed pork dumplings. And now, she is sharing the stories of food and recipes in a new blog called Big Taste Tiny Space that you need to read.

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I haven’t blogged in more than a year. Here’s why.

Upon updating my various social media, I decided a few weeks ago to check on my website.

Turns out, it had been taken down because I never paid the bill due in May. So I renewed.

Today I took a look and noticed my last blog post was more than a year ago. And I discussed the all-too-appropriate topic of using the restroom before boarding a subway (a lesson I still haven’t quite learned).

So why I haven’t blogged in more than a year?

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