a need for (another) creative outlet

It seems only fitting that this should be an introductory post since, well, no one has any idea what this site is about, right? To be honest, I am not entirely sure I know what it is about either. So buckle up, because we are about to figure this thing out together!

I wrote about this a bit for the about page but I really miss writing about things. I worked at a newspaper for years and was able to write about (mostly) whatever I wanted. We were a small operation covering a large area so it was definitely an ‘all hands on deck’ type of situation. We covered the Fishtown/Northern Liberties/Port Richmond/Kensington area before the casino went in and before everyone NEEDED to either live there or open a business there.

To say a lot was going on there would be a severe understatement.

I had the opportunity to meet so many great people over the span of time I worked at the paper. I wrote stories about artists and filmmakers that were creating projects right in our neighborhoods. I was able to interview writers who had either lived in our neighborhoods and written books (hello Sam Starnes!) or screenwriters from there that were doing big things in Hollywood or elsewhere.

I also had the opportunity to write about baseball. Anyone who knows me, knows that THAT was a huge deal for me. I was pretty much given carte blanche to write a weekly column about the Phillies for four years. And, yes…that included the years they were in the World Series. And, no…I wasn’t able to GO to the World Series because of it.

I had the freedom to write about whatever I wanted because my main job was to take pictures. We had other guys that wrote the real meat and potatoes of our news coverage. I still take pictures to this day. (You can see that stuff here or here.) But I got away from the writing part of things when I left the paper. It’s been five years and I want to get that back.

I had the idea for this site a few months ago. I can pinpoint the exact day because I was (surprise) standing at the Phillies game talking to my brother and it all came tumbling out. It just took me a while to realize there was an actual desire behind doing it and not just some random thoughts I was having one day a few months ago.

The posts will (hopefully) be regular and the content, to me, is sort of a question mark right now as far as what that might be. But it feels good to write something again. It’s good to have this outlet again.


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