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Living in a Winter Guilderland

January 14, 2010

It is difficult to tell people where I live.  Generally I will say that I live in Albany, which is true.  Not only do I live in Albany County, but also my home has a City of Albany mailing address.

But officially, I live in an adjacent town called Guilderland.  Guilderland spans a much greater area than one might expect for the size of its population.  So township residents really want to know which village you live in.  For me, that would be the village of McKownville.

Apparently the postal codes here do not correspond to the geopolitical boundaries.

“Okay, sure.  But isn’t this a lot of very specific personal information to be giving out in a blog post?”

Well, yes it is.  But I have already made that information public, although perhaps you didn’t see it.

That is because after a bit of soul searching, I agreed to write a weekly post for The Guilderland blog on timesunion.com.  My first post went up yesterday.

There may be a lot you are thinking right now.  I’ll start the conversation with a few possible questions:
1)    Will this have any effect on the FUSSYlittleBLOG?
2)    Why would you want anything to do with the timesunion.com?
3)    Why would they want anything to do with you?

Followed by the answers:

1)    Life at the FUSSYlittleBLOG goes on as normal. This additional writing will not distract from my daily posts. As always there will unlikely be any new posts on Saturday.

2)    At first, I declined the invitation to write for the TU blog.  I wanted to focus all my attention on the FLB, and this felt a bit too corporate, a bit like selling out. But then I thought about it further, and realized there was an opportunity to really focus my message on a local readership.  The FLB has regular readers around the country, and while I talk about life and food in Albany, I try to keep the themes a bit broader.  Additionally, I suspect my efforts in Guilderland will bring more readers to the FLB, which naturally brings me one step closer to world domination.

3)    I have absolutely no idea.
The irony of the situation is not lost on me, given how critical I have been of the Times Union in the past (and will likely continue to be in the future).  But I am truly excited about the opportunity.

Maybe you can pop right on over and give a visit to my inaugural post, and leave me an encouraging comment to help launch this new venture.  Right now I have two, and I’m pretty sure one of them is supposed to be the sound of the guy snoring.

The reward for doing so is that my full name is revealed for the first time.  I know that’s a crappy reward.  And it’s not like I’ve been keeping it a secret or anything.  But all of this food writing started with Yelp, and I’ve just stuck to their naming convention.

The only change to the FLB will be a new link under the “Another Side of Fussy” header – timesunion.com – and now hopefully it will make a bit of sense.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2010 10:11 am

    I’m all about change from within. You’re not selling out, you’re buying in so you can mess with THE MAN from the interior.

  2. January 14, 2010 10:52 am

    Haha, that is funny. I grew up in McKownville! I as well turned down the TU (I think it was your fault they asked me anyways). Any mechanism that would tell me that I have to blog on a schedule, I think, would ruin the experience for me. I like the fact that I can post on a whim or neglect so for months at a time without anyone getting salty. Anyways, the point is moot as I have moved from Guilderland to Delmar (town of Bethlehem). Good luck with your TU endeavors, you are going to have all sorts of suburban hausfraus on your jock.

  3. Sarah M. permalink
    January 14, 2010 12:57 pm

    Here’s hoping for your own Matt Baumgartner-style TU blog drama! Love that you already have an archnemesis.

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