I’m setting the blog aside for the next 6-7 days as I complete a research paper on blog use and monitoring — the one I talked about in this post. It’s due Feb. 15.
While 9 days sounds like an eternity, I also must teach classes, advise students, attend committee meetings and, you know, be academic.
Before I leave, let me share some good news that has the PR spirits smiling on us all today. Will you celebrate with me?
Turner Broadcasting has settled up with Boston and with Homeland Security, offering $2 million for the problems their little stunt caused in Beantown last week. They reaped way more than 2 mil in publicity. And though I don’t think they intended to turn Boston on its ear, you know what they say about good intentions.
So let’s get our stories straight. It’s the “marketing” bozos who are to blame, not the PR people. P. T. Barnum is smiling from on high.
The U. S. National Park Service will get an extra $2.4 billion in next year’s budget — a shocker when you consider the pile of dough we’re spending in Iraq. While I’m a gun-toting moderate in political terms, I’m also a shameless treehugger who loves the NPS. Teddy Roosevelt (another treehugging gun nut and also a PR master) is smiling from on high.
Schools (K-12) are closed for the second day here in N.E. Ohio. Officials say -20F windchill is dangerous. I say they’re a bunch of wimps. But I loved snow days as a kid, and I’m happy our youth didn’t go a winter without one.
Despite the cold, Kent State remains open for business. You gotta be tough to be a Golden Flash. Jack Lambert, the toughest Flash who ever lived, is smiling from his farm in Western Pa. Unlike the other legends I cite here, Jack is very much alive — and he always will be in hearts of Steeler fans.
Speaking of Kent State, students in Michele Ewing‘s Public Relations Online class will be setting up their blogs tomorrow. And I’ll be showing them the way. Scary, huh?
We’ve decided it’s not enough to just study blogging. To understand it, you must experience it. Pat Jackson is smiling. He would’ve loved these “conversations.”