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Cuts Down Trees

I wanted to thank you all for the heart-felt and snarkolicious comments. It's clear a bunch of you got used to reading this space, and aren't happy that it's been shuttered, de-listed from Philly.com. Lots have written about the paper's blindness regarding Blinq. I don't think they were blind. They just knew a metro column takes time to develop, and wanted me to start off as strong as possible. Would they be happy if I did both? Don't even think about it.

Cuts Down Trees

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Isletapueblowoodchoppe I wanted to thank you all for the heart-felt and snarkolicious comments. It's clear a bunch of you got used to reading this space, and aren't happy that it's been shuttered, de-listed from Philly.com. Lots have written about the paper's blindness regarding Blinq. I don't think they were blind. They just knew a metro column takes time to develop, and wanted me to start off as strong as possible. Would they be happy if I did both? Don't even think about it.

The hardest part of preparing to write a column has been trying to think in 17 to 18 inches. Blinq was pretty eco-friendly, requiring the sacrifice of no trees. There was no limit as to how much or how long I could write. A column is haiku in comparison. The trick is to find the right angle that serves the subject best, and I don't mind saying this has not been easy for me yet. The first draft of the first column didn't have the clear lines and blythe spirit of a good blog post. It came out like fettucine szechuan. I've written two columns so far. One has required four re-writes, and that's before being red-pencilled by the Sith Lord who edits me. And I'm not done with it. The other came easier, thank God. Maybe this week we'll launch. Be kind - I know who you are. Later.

Jane
Posted 02/17/2007 04:29:32 PM
I'm a little sad that someone else is sending you "red pencil" emails these days.  I know I was lax some days and no doubt things slipped by me, but I caught at least some of the typos, etc.  Now there's a Sith Lord editing your copy?  Somehow it just doesn't seem right.
WillR
Posted 02/17/2007 10:31:41 PM
What are us out-of-towners to do?  New media requires a bit of "strength of conviction" - sorry the Philly faith failed.

Take care, WillR 
Susie from Philly
Posted 02/18/2007 07:40:32 AM
The hardest part is doing without the comments. After all, they're constant validation that someone's actually paying attention to what you write.
kate
Posted 02/19/2007 07:01:36 AM
Ok, so maybe Blinq doesn't have to exist with the Inky anymore, but that doesn't mean you have to go away. There are MANY blog platforms for you to choose from where you can blog on your own free time. It doesn't have to have anything to do with the Inquirer.

Your readers appreciate you and enjoy what you write. You don't have to be attached to a newspaper to have a following. 

And before you say you'd be tied up with your new project and woudn't have time, there are so many people that work and have time to blog.

While we all wish you well with your new endeavors, we don't want you to go away. Give a personal blog a try and see how it works out. Your readers enjoy your perspective and out takes on everything. 

While the Inky was the host, you were the anchor.

I hope you'll at least give it some thought.

kate
Posted 02/19/2007 07:01:48 AM
Ok, so maybe Blinq doesn't have to exist with the Inky anymore, but that doesn't mean you have to go away. There are MANY blog platforms for you to choose from where you can blog on your own free time. It doesn't have to have anything to do with the Inquirer.

Your readers appreciate you and enjoy what you write. You don't have to be attached to a newspaper to have a following. 

And before you say you'd be tied up with your new project and woudn't have time, there are so many people that work and have time to blog.

While we all wish you well with your new endeavors, we don't want you to go away. Give a personal blog a try and see how it works out. Your readers enjoy your perspective and out takes on everything. 

While the Inky was the host, you were the anchor.

I hope you'll at least give it some thought.

daniel rubin
Posted 02/19/2007 09:54:39 AM
i could always post about what i read or watched this weekend - which would have to include enrico's viva las vegas coverage,  a 9-minute youtube clip of the mothers of invention on german television in 1968, playing this incredibly delicious, out-there version of uncle meat. also Rome, on HBO - does anyone other family in Amerca watch this? my sons are now dropping the word copulate into casual conversation.
Sally Swift
Posted 02/19/2007 10:43:03 AM
Re Rome, as a mother it's a bit tricky watching orgy scenes with my husband and son each week -- how does your wife manage? Talk about an elephant in the room!

Sorry the column route is proving arduous, have been scanning the paper hopefully every day for the Rubin byline. 

Let us know when a tree's about to fall. And hey, what's the column called?

daniel rubin
Posted 02/19/2007 11:14:35 AM
re: rome - we lived in berlin. the only difference was the weather. 
jane
Posted 02/19/2007 03:22:08 PM
Rome is on at 9:00 p.m. which makes it easy for families with younger kids.  If they were a bit older the orgies and the violence would be tricky.  Right now, we just tell them Mom and Dad have the tv and it is bed or reading time for them.  Extras ended its season last night but we look forward to Entourage in April.  

Writing about what you read or watch or think is a fairly common thing to blog about -- you could also throw in the stuff your Sith Lord throws out.  Run the column and say for the longer version see Blinq.  That might work out very well.  Or you could include background stuff that didn't make it into the column.  There will always be ideas you investigate that don't turn out to be column worthy but might make a nice short blog post.  Not to hit a sore spot but you'll have the empty next thing coming up soon.  Grogan did well with dog stories.  You have a dog.  Me, I stay away from kid / pet / home stories but I have the ever fascinating tasks of compiling weekly legislative reviews of Harrisburg doin's and reading the Wall Street Journal for PA-related items.  Can't let you big time bloggers have all the fun.  ;)
Citizen MOm
Posted 02/19/2007 03:41:32 PM
Trying to be constructive and non-snarky, but MUST you write the standard-issue 17-18 inch metro column? They let you loose from the box for two years and still don't get that there are a half-dozen other columns at the paper that all fit into the mold, why not have ONE that goes in a different direction, or has a different structure? Ugh. 

Look, just promise me you won't start doing "And Now, a Dispatch From the Desk of a Fictional, Non-Funny Legislator I Just Made Up!" columns, because then I'm just gonna have to start smacking some people up. 

Also, PLEASE tell us that they'll post each of your columns online with an open comments thread at the end. It honestly kills me to see all the people who came here and talked about how they'd "miss coming here." You built a community around yourself that needs a tangible (such as it is) place to come together.  
daniel rubin
Posted 02/19/2007 07:53:36 PM
there has to be a place to weigh in and say, 'geez, dan, you are so wrong on this it's a wonder you ever got into j school.' i'm not sure we'll vary the length, but i can promise i have no plans for memos from fictional non-funny legislators. we have plenty of real-life non-funny legislators to work with. 
enrico
Posted 02/20/2007 05:30:26 PM
i'm still recovering.
Rob
Posted 02/20/2007 09:13:21 PM
Posting about what you read or watch? Trust me, the hits don't amount to much. I'm in year #3 of doing that.

I keep searching "rubin" to find your new column. Glad it launches soon.
RockBoy
Posted 02/21/2007 04:38:32 PM
BREAKING NEWS!! MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE IS COMING TO PHILLY ON FEB 25, 2007!!!! LET'S GO CHECK THEM OUT!! HERE READ THIS:

For Immediate Release

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE ANNOUNCE SECOND LEG OF 2007 U.S. HEADLINING TOUR

Burbank, CA — Reprise Records' My Chemical Romance will launch the second leg of their extensive tour in support of their Number One Rock album, the RIAA gold-certified, The Black Parade.   The second round of the U.S. arena tour, produced by Art Show - a national touring division of Goldenvoice - will kick off in Houston, TX at the Reliant Arena.  Tickets are on sale Saturday, February 10, 2007 via Ticketmaster.

The Black Parade, an epic theatrical concept album about mortality, has been named "Album Of The Year" by Blender Magazine, stating "My Chemical Romance transcended the cliché…to craft a grandiose epic that just might make them the biggest band in the world."  Rolling Stone says "The Black Parade is the best mid-Seventies record of 2006, a rabid, ingenious paraphrasing of echoes and kitsch from rock's golden age of bombast."  

The week after its release, The Black Parade claimed the Number One spot on SoundScan's Rock, Alternative, Top Albums Retailers, Indy/Small Chain, Internet, and Digital Album Charts. It also shot to Number 2 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart, selling more than 240,000 copies its first week of release. The first single, "Welcome To The Black Parade," has enjoyed eight weeks at the top of the Alternative / Modern Rock Radio Charts in the U.S. and the singles chart for two consecutive weeks in the UK. 

www.mychemicalromance.com

West Coast Iggs Fan
Posted 02/27/2007 06:11:17 PM
Even out here in L.A. -- we're gonna miss Blinq. Happy trails.
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Daniel Rubin is a columnist and The Inquirer's director of social media. Since joining newspaper as a staff writer in 1988, Daniel Rubin has reported from Mayfair to Macedonia, 27 countries in all. He has been the European Correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers and for two years he sat at home and wrote Blinq, the paper's first daily blog. Dan began newspaper work in Norfolk and Louisville, Ky., after getting his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University. He has lived in all four commonwealths, most recently in Pennsylvania. He teaches urban journalism at the University of Pennsylvania

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