11 February 2018

TPC - A Moment From Us

The Piedmont Chronicles 
- est 2010 - 

 ~ M.B. McCart ~
Editor-in-Chief, Troubleshooter & Public Advocate


A Moment From Us 

Hello, Georgia Piedmont! And welcome back to The Chronicles, the Alcovy/Yellow/South River Basin's premier online newspaper.

A few notes & new developments to tell you about this fine Southern evening.

Changes Ahead for TPC 

If all goes as planned, you will see, for the first time ever, local advertising complementing the Google Ads you've always seen here in this space within the next week or two. 

I'd toyed with the idea of possibly setting up a GoFundMe or, more likely, a Patreon site, and I may still end up doing one of those as I have been incurring expenditures for ORRs, transportation & time utilized as a Citizen-Journalist vs. time spent with one of my multiple income-producing projects (my Google Ads revenue basically works out to maybe about 50 cents an hour in pay - so while it's certainly a labor of love, TPC won't be paying the bills anytime soon).

However, the more I analyzed it, the more I felt like I would just be putting out my palms for alms, rather than doing the good ole fashioned American thing & working for it.

So I've reached out to a few local businesses for advertising opportunities & I've honestly been pleasantly surprised with the feedback. Naturally there are many businesses that would want nothing to do with your humble semi-professional ant hill kicker, but there are some out there that do. 

This site does, as a few folks know, generate some pretty impressive web traffic, so that's one selling point, but I think the biggest thing going is this - the model I've come up with is unlike anything that anybody's doing with local advertising. I believe it will be the most effective & cost-conscious form of marketing available in our market.

Also in the works - a new logo for this publication, and...

I'm toying with the idea of enabling the comment function of this page. I've never allowed comments on TPC, because I didn't want asinine & ignorant banter mucking up the works but I may rethink that. The data clearly shows that enabling commenting drives up web traffic. And hell, since we're selling out & all, why not?

So...exciting, yes? Slide me an email or call HQ (see above) if you would like more information. 

What's the Buzz? 

What a week we've had, friends, and per the street word, it's only going to get better as we move forward. In fact, for the first time in a long time, that o'er boy that stay down the way has been in contact w/ your quasi-esteemed Editor with some choice, juicy tidbits. 

If you could maybe say that the Newton County Dysfunction Junction Defcon Level hit a 3 last week - we might see it taken down to "FAST PACE," AKA, level 2, here in the next week or so. Believe it or not, I think this current board has the opportunity to outstrip the previous edition in terms of foolishness & shenanigans, as Keith Ellis smiles somewhere out in eastern Newton Co.; however, unlike the last crew, I truly believe that this BOC, no matter how ludicrous things get, will still be able to tend to The People's business somewhat effectively. I sure hope so; failure is not an option...

Lots of moving parts, as always, just know that we're on it! 

Odds & Ends 

  • Hoop Dawgs - McGarity & Co. have to let Fox go at the end of the year, right? But, what happens if we win the SEC Tourney? It is the 10-year anniversary of the "Tornado Dawgs." 
  • The C-town Music Scene - It's not quite what it once was perhaps. I'm still profoundly sad that The Speakeasy is no longer in existence. And I know a few folks are a bit disappointed that City Pharmacy ended up scrapping their plans for live music. But we still have a good number of top-notch venues: The Pub, 5 O'Clock, Mystic, Lahrceny, Amici & a several more. And naturally the talent level around our neck of the woods is still superb. 
  • So our old friends AB & SH3 played another round of Cowboys & Indians this past week. I think the ole Cherokee Scotsman was out of line on this one, and I'll just leave it at that. With that said, I've been texting and emailing back & forth with him some today on a couple of issues facing the home county. While we will always disagree on some issues - and I'm still not impressed one bit with him trying to throw some shade on the Councilman - it's always, for me, all about that Glorious Lady that is Newton County. Ego, feelings...none of that matters to me. If I can find common ground to facilitate positive change for our beloved home county, I will do it. Every time. 
Look for multiple posts in the next few days, good friends, and we hope that everyone has a great week.

Very Kindly Yours,