It's always bad when I lose a follower, but I'm particualrly distraught about losing him (no offence to the rest of you) becasue he is a proper journalist and so his follower status gave me real kudos.
Lots of people think that blogging is just vanity publishing for writers who are simply not good enough to get paid for their copy. Mind you, most of the people who say that, are journalists running scared that the mystique of journalism is being removed, the barriers to entry lowered and the new paradigm of news will do them out of a job.
When Mereck joined the ND gang, heloped me stick it to the big commercial publishing houses. Here I was forging out a lone trail. Now he's gone, it's almost as though he's aggreeing. That bloggers are just a bunch of lonely diarists spouting ill-informed, half-baked views into the ether.
As regular readers know, I never get angry when people leave me. Just disappointed.
And, besides, Mereck and all the other doubters out there can suck it and see, because I just received this email:
Hi, Barry Newsdesk
We are contacting you because we have seen references about your work online.
We would like to include you in our directory of interviews with professionals in the field of communication.
We invite you to take part in this interview. It is free.You will also be able to include any web links to samples of your work on the internet.
To start the interview just go to this web address and start responding to questions:http://www.whohub.net/interview/JOURNALISM
You can also respond to questions in any another category that seems appropriate for you. Here, you can find some examples from other professionals:http://www.whohub.net/en/authors.php
Whohub is a directory of interviews with professionals in the fields of communication, arts, technology, and marketing.
I went along to the website and completed the online interview. I really do think it's only a matter of time before I get spotted and presented with the wider credit that my Citizen Journalism deserves.
You can find my answers to WhoHub's questions here.