Before long, the social media grid will be overrun with holiday stories and year-enders. So I’m getting ahead of all that.
And gotta say that 2010 was one special year. There was a lot of fun and personal recognition. Thankfully, I recorded some of it digitally. And I want to note five highlights.
1. San Francisco: If you want to call this work, go ahead. One of my first duties as an editor with Patch.com was to head for the City by the Bay. As a former California resident, I also had the feeling of going “home.” Seems beaches, Hollywood and the Lakers get most of the media attention, but San Fran is quite remarkable (see above picture). The cable cars, bridges and bread bowls (and this year, the world champion Giants) help make it a city that everyone should visit at least once.
2. Social media recognition: Everyone likes to be lauded for their efforts. So I was thrilled to find myself as something of a “poster child” at SoCon10, the annual social-media confab at Kennesaw State near Atlanta. It was my third SoCon session, something that has added a new wrinkle to my journalism career. Pardon the cliche, but when one door closes …
3. Las Vegas trip: Again, it was a warm-fuzzies type of trip. My old Southern California stomping grounds are a few hours’ drive away. And it was my fifth visit to another remarkable place (see video below). Some things are in my blood: the signature part of this trip was when I walked the length of the strip, several miles total, sending out live updates on Twitter and Facebook along the way, and getting some cool responses immediately. The outbound journey culminated at the unique Stratosphere hotel/casino and some pics of Glitter City from above. Viva!
4. HBO “Boardwalk Empire” screening: A media connection alerted me to this event in September. A couple of the stars were in the Buckhead area of Atlanta for a viewing of the first two episodes. Also, two Atlanta residents with family ties to the Atlantic City period depicted in the film were on hand for an enjoyable discussion. And this blog gets lots of searches every time an episode airs. Blogging ain’t dead, folks.
5. Gen. Petraeus speech: The head of U.S. Central Command was in Atlanta in January to speak, thanks to the effort of former CNN exec Tom Johnson. And the hotel that hosted the speech was peppered with high-level security (men in black, wires in their ears, etc.). Petraeus spoke in typical military style, a calm, measured and diplomatic tone. He needled the Iranian president a bit, and spoke of the need for more drones. But it’s interesting how Iran has faded from the news in 2010. No news is good news, right?