Where were you on Dec. 22, 2004?
Though only a little more than four years ago, it’s a lifetime ago for The Tiger Beat Blog.
At 4:41 p.m. on that day, this blog came roaring to life when Joanna Bartlett-Gustina (many remember her as “Silandara”) clicked “publish,” creating the first post. (Though perhaps it would be more accurate to say that “it came purring to life like a tiger cub”—after all, back then there was no News & Events Daily driving readership. Heck, there might not have even been a link to the blog from our Web site in those first days!)
Since that humble beginning, 17 semi-regular posters along with a handful of periodic “guest bloggers” have written and published 467 posts (counting this one), which have generated some 670 reader comments.
I joined the ranks with my first post a little more than three years ago on March 3, 2006. A self-described “blog skeptic” at the time, I admittedly arrived somewhat reluctantly. (What’s that you say? I came “kicking and screaming”? Oh, who can remember such minor details??)
But life sometimes has a funny way of placing us in the most unanticipated of situations. When I was named manager of new media for University News later that same month, I was charged with, among other things, overseeing our Web site, our podcasts and, yes, our blog. Suddenly, this one-time blog skeptic was managing The Tiger Beat Blog.
And then the oddest thing happened. Over time, I grew to enjoy blogging!
But this actually isn’t a total surprise to me. First of all, I love to write. Second, I remember telling my co-workers during a staff meeting in which my new responsibilities were announced that whenever I agree to do something, I never enter into it half-heartedly (just “me being me”).
Another nice part about my job now that I no longer cover a specific college “beat” is that whenever I spot a good story, I can usually just go ahead and write it for News & Events, the Web or, on occasion, RIT: The University Magazine. But, ironically, with all my other current responsibilities, I have precious little time left over for writing. So this blog offers me a perfect writing outlet to occasionally share some stories, along with notes about new podcasts, somewhat less formally.
So, to The Tiger Beat Blog, I love ’ya, man! (sniff)
Next time, in recognition of the evolution both of this blog and of me, I’ll have updates about a few early contributors—as I answer for longtime readers the question of “whatever happened to blog founder Silandara, along with Becca, Pete and Brandon?”
Have a great weekend!