About 10 years ago, I wrote a weekly column in a local newspaper. It really was a dream come true. I grew up in Lake County and I have always loved to write. Unfortunately, life got in the way for a while and I was on an extended hiatus. Since then I have changed, the newspaper business has, our area has, and I am sure the readers of this publication have, as well. However, more than ever I believe that a local voice that identifies with the readers is still needed.
Whether it’s talking about Lake County in the present or past, reporting on events recently attended, or discussing the topics that touch our hearts and drive us mad. I want to write a column we can all relate to in some way. The people I grew up with, who moved away, find it hard to relate to what this county looks like now.
Yet many still check in with their hometowns and want to know what is going on after all these years. The people here want to read about what is going on currently and who is doing what where. Either way we are all looking for things pertinent in our neck-of-the-woods and what is news to us in Lake County.
Think about what has transformed in the world and more important in our lives. Newspapers are not read for the latest news, but what is actually relevant in our lives. We can find out what we need to know, minutes after it happens on the Internet. The networks loop news all day long, but we don’t hear what is going on in our neighborhoods, what important events are happening in our towns, or how our schools are doing. Facebook is so popular with adults because we want those connections with others. With friends today and the ones faraway, touching base if only for a moment as we deal with our hectic schedules.
Maybe we can reminisce about our shared favorite spots, the latest bonehead move hitting social media, or aligning our chakras (energy points) through meditation. These are all interesting ideas we can flesh out and explore. So are you with me? Willing to give me a chance to share a story about local politics, interesting neighbors, and the kind of things we all go through? Life as I see it, your take on it, and what is important in our lives every day. That’s what I’m talking about.
Odie Pahl is a local freelance writer. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.