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Posted Monday, July 16, 2007, at 9:54 PM

After having checked out these blogs for about a week now, I admit that it's a totally different medium than the one I'm used to. We write news stories each week for the North Stoddard Countian, and we manage to come up with a column every two weeks - but I have yet to get the hang of this blogging thing!

I'm following the other Statesman bloggers carefully, and I think they're doing a terrific job! I'm especially impressed with Corey and Minnie (whoever she may be!). Corey's blogs are attracting the most fascinating participants! They are remarkably well-informed and articulate. One of them is even going to school overseas and is logging onto the old Dexter website from London or Paris!

Wow! The clash of ideas is all the more interesting because (unlike live action) they can't interrupt each other and try to shout each other down. I hate that! These blogs are so much more civilized. When they get too intense or personal, there's always someone to come in and say, "Hey, guys, this is what we've fought for -- the right for everyone to speak their mind!"

With Minnie O'Pausal's blog, I find myself thinking, "Wow, I could've written that!! As I read it, I say, "Yeah, this is ME!" Like when she came out with, "I am my mother" - I almost fell over! How many times have my children said, "Mom, you're gettin' just like Gram!"

"No, I'm NOT!" I shout -- but I know they're right!

Some of you may have had experience with chat rooms, but this is a first for me, and I find that I like it quite exceedingly well!

There's just one problem that I can see. I'm spending way too much time, checking them out! Next thing you know, I'll be staying up all night, like some of the others....

One way or another, this is a really terrific experience. So - to whoever thought it up for the Statesman -- thanks! And thanks for giving the NSC staff a chance to join you in this fantastic voyage into the technological future of journalism!!

This is Madeline DeJournett, signing off from the hills of Tillman, Mo.

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My sentiments exactly, Ducky! I hate to think how much time I've spent on these blogs tonight!! I think I started at six...and the dishes are still in the sink!! Arggggg!!!!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Jul 23, 2007, at 9:16 PM

My problem with these wonderful blogs is that I get so involved I forget to look at the time. I meant to do laundry tonight. Aaaagghhhh. Now it's almost 9:00 and I've been reading since before 7:00. My eyes have been reduced to tiny slits and my back and neck are permanently bent in a hunched position. My co-workers won't appreciate it if I go to work in dirty clothes - or worse yet - nekked. Horrors.

-- Posted by Ducky on Mon, Jul 23, 2007, at 9:02 PM

I have always loved your articles, Madeline. Your blogs are good too!

-- Posted by swift on Fri, Jul 20, 2007, at 1:27 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Ah, a North Stoddard Countian reader?? A rare breed!!

Thanks. I guess you can tell that I enjoy my job very much -- sometimes so much that I'm afraid any minute I'll get fired for having TOO MUCH fun!

I think this is the only job that I could ever love as much as I loved teaching. In fact, I always avoided journalism, thinking it was just straight news reporting - incredibly boring, because the reporter wasn't allowed to use opinion. Now I know that there's a lot more to it!

Thanks for the kind words Madeline. I'm glad to see you having as much fun with this as we are in Dexter. It really is nice to get to know the readers that you don't always see at meetings and the other stuff we cover.

Keep up the good work!

-- Posted by CoreyN on Tue, Jul 17, 2007, at 10:49 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Oh, yes, I am having much fun! Very much fun......!

It's interesting to see all the different facets of a writer's personality, background, and life experience.

What will the future hold????? Will we tire of this medium? Will we run out of topics? Will we just forget one day to post a comment......and let our blogs fall into disrepair....?

Corey, have you checked out the Southeast Missourian's blogs? I admit that I haven't thought of it before today, but I think I will. After I check all ours (each morning and each night), I sometimes find myself wanting more.

I agree. I've always scorned "chat rooms" and wondered what on earth people would have to chat about. Now I know. I love these blogs. They're a little more personal way of getting to know the staff writers other than through their articles. I also love reading what others have to say.

Keep up the good work.

-- Posted by Ducky on Mon, Jul 16, 2007, at 10:40 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Thanks, guys (or gals)! You're so civilized!


Your words are always food for thought! Keep up the wonderful work!

-- Posted by bringwine on Mon, Jul 16, 2007, at 10:22 PM

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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