Transforming Blogs into Public Radio Essays

Chicago Public Radio logoThis month two of my essays aired on WBEZ-FM. If you missed hearing them on the radio, both are available online – one is about the new governor in New York, and the other is about cab drivers refusing to pick me up with my Seeing Eye dog.

Both of these essays were inspired by blog posts I wrote, and for that I must thank friends from my Chicago writers group. I was very skeptical about starting this blog last year – I thought blogs were self-indulgent wastes of time. Au contraire, said my fellow writers. A blog can encourage a writer to keep at her craft, they told me. “Kinda like a journal, but since it’s out there in public, there’s a chance people might read it,” they explained. “So you work at it a bit harder.” Who knows, my writer friends said, maybe some blog posts could become story ideas.

I may never have written a word about the NY governor or those cab drivers if I wasn’t keeping a blog. So my writer’s group pals were right: keeping a blog isn’t necessarily a waste of time. I’m convinced I’m right about my other claim, though: It’s pretty dang self-indulgent!

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2 Responses to “Transforming Blogs into Public Radio Essays”


  1. 1 Teej April 3, 2008 at 2:16 am

    Yes! I’m not usually one to say it, but how can I resist? Told you so!

    And it looks like your book has picked up some fans from my readers, so even MY blog is beneficial to your career. So you have to admit that blogging is the best thing since parachute pants.

  2. 2 Beth April 3, 2008 at 3:08 am

    Okay, okay, you’re right. Blogging is good.
    But parachute pants still rule.


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