I’m Not a Newspaper



You should know that I don’t have an editor or a fact checker, and when breaking news happens I’m usually busy giving somebody a bath.

You should know that I’m not a journalist, nor do I aspire to be one.  I don’t care about the “spin” or the lede, and I’m terrible at capitalizing on any tragedy by posting immediate, SEO friendly posts.  It’s truly a miracle that I have the traffic that I have, since I write with no business savvy whatsoever.

I’m grateful for those of you who visit regularly like you would a paper or online magazine – especially since I write no “how-to’s”, or clue you in on any celebrity gossip.  I will sometimes mention a research result, a political fact, or an update on a news item – but it will most likely be with a link to an article that will give you more information than I ever could.

The truth is, I don’t have much practical take away here.

I don’t even have a “genre” that I stick to.

I want you to expect not to know what to expect when you come here.

I am multi-faceted and expansive, just as you are.

As this blog has grown, I have thought about where I want it to go.  I have been approached about how to morph my platform, define my niche, and grow it into a money maker. I am soon heading to a series of conferences, where I will be overloaded with business cards, asked about what this space is, and inevitably think about my professional goals.

Though I’m branching out personally, I don’t have any plans on changing this space.

It will stay the same spot that you visit to find no useful information.

I will remain a story teller…

and an opinionated expert on nothing.

There will be little fact.

When disaster strikes, I may or may not write about it.

When the healing starts, I probably will.

I don’t write the news.

I don’t want to.

I write humanity.

Yours and mine…

and that’s how it will stay.


jenni chiu sig


13 responses to “I’m Not a Newspaper”

  1. Alison says:

    I like you and your blog, exactly the way it is.

  2. Arnebya says:

    Well, good. I have been shying away from newsy news lately anyway (at least on the constant cycle that it was becoming for me.) And the practical takeaway is actually available here; you just said it: it’s humanity.

  3. Good for you! We like you this way! There are enough news sites and there are enough places where we can read about SEO. No more of those needed! Stay true to your own vision…

  4. Perfect just the way it is!

  5. Marta says:

    And that’s what I love about you. I wouldn’t want your blog to be anything that it isn’t. And I hate when great blogs suddenly become just links to the plethora of other places you’re writing. To only ads. I love when it’s real and you are real.

  6. Kat says:

    The beautiful thing is that you are so damn likable that even if you DID want to explore other avenues, we would all be along for the ride, interested in seeing how you would incorporate whatever else you might be interested in. And that’s because we love you. 🙂

  7. Jessica says:

    I love this and feel the same, I just do what I need to do and hope people decide to read. It’s the only way I can blog.

  8. Debi says:

    I feel the same. I do write about a lot of current events though, I think that bad habit started while I was writing NEws for the Stir. It carried over and you know me, when a topic gets me all heated up, I just can’t not write about it. I;m with you though. I am horrible at the whole SEO. I only learned about it in the past year and it’s an after thought. If I think of it I do it and if I don’t who cares. I don’t write for traffic, I write because I have opinions and stories to share. I hope others can relate and we can share our experiences. You are amazing just the way you are and no matter what you choose to do, you will excel. XOXO

  9. Jen says:

    I like you just the way you are… don’t ever change but if you do change, I will probably still like you.

  10. Erin says:

    Perfection! No change;)

  11. ardenraine says:

    “Can I get an amen up in here?!”

  12. Kelly says:

    You are such a wordsmith! It is easy to be swayed by the prospect of monetary gain on your blog and I (and apparently a lot of other people) are glad that you won’t be allowing that to happen to you.

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