Stand up and be counted
I could empathize with her reason for leaving the news business. We work long and crazy hours. Our work is out there for anyone to see and critique. You have to be willing to make people mad or sad. And when you work and live in the same relatively small town, you can't do it semi-anonymously. There's no escaping people who have something to say, good or bad. Usually, I don't mind. When I do talk with someone, though, I like to know who I'm talking to.
That's why I'm not exactly leaping into the world of blogging.
Would you answer your telephone and then get into a conversation with someone who not only was a stranger, but who had no intention of identifying himself? If you received an anonymous letter in the old-fashioned U.S. mail, would you write back?
As the managing editor of The Saratogian, I hope to use this space to converse with you. I like talking about the news business and explaining how and why things work. But I don't intend to engage in lengthy defenses with any single, anonymous, would-be pen pal.