This weekly blog has been taking on a theme. In the days leading up to Friday, my chosen day of posting, I often find myself thinking about what I am going to write about.
This a good sign that this experiment has engrained itself into my routine and writing.
What I have noticed is I often spend time reflecting on my current stories and what I am writing about. Having penned a story about how I reported a story for The Xylom a while back, I realized this blog is just that:
How I wrap my mind around my stories.
I think it is a great way as a journalist to provide this outlet of thought to my readers. I plan to continue along this vein and see where it leads.
Bees & Bikes
I spent the first half of the week finalizing my opinion on why I prefer to commute by bike. It also explored some of the lack of direction by the City of Reno and the Regional Transportation Commission regarding developing a safe and connected cycling infrastructure.
It was a good story that I had been thinking about for some time, and I am pleased to see it gained a lot of readers and spurred some discussion on Twitter.
Since then, I have been working on a story about bees. As pollinator populations are on the decline, from pesticide use to climate change, it is of our utmost interest to do everything we can to protect them and stabilize populations.
One in three bites of food we consume is brought to dinner plates around the world by pollinators. Without them, our food system will surely wither away.
The story brings a local organization and movement into the national context of pollinator protection. I am quite happy with where it is at and looking forward to getting it published.
Moving forward, I plan to focus my reporting, research, and writing on a treasured wildlife refuge. It is an under-rated region of the state and country and home to a large swath of fence-free, cow-free, and horse-free land. Needless to say, I am thrilled to dive into this story.
Beyond that, I am at a cross-road of sorts. I want to slow my writing roll for the holidays while simultaneously, I’d like to push the ball down a steep hill and turn up the hustle. I have a large trip in mind I want to take that needs to be bankrolled.
Either way, I’ll be here talking about the whole damn thing as I go along.