It’s hard to blog about happy things

Posted by on September 7, 2010 at 8:34 am.

The news is depressing.

As a journalist, it’s hard for me to admit this. But it’s true. If you want to be happy today, don’t open a newspaper or browse a news site. People say it’s because good news doesn’t sell papers, but I think it’s because good news is often harder to find. And, maybe, harder to write about.

The same is true for me. I haven’t blogged in a couple weeks, and it’s because I haven’t had anything to blog about.

I can only blog about sad things.

My life is as good as it gets. A few weeks ago, I thought it’d be different. I thought I’d lose some happiness once I was forced to work the grind (and then some) – especially since I’m not living in my target cities of San Francisco or Austin. The funny thing? I love St. Louis, and I love my job.

My internship at the Post-Dispatch kind of made me forget how much I actually love journalism. Instead of reporting from the field, my internship had me sitting behind a desk, where I produced interactive elements for the website. But now that I’m back in journalism, I remember why I chose to do this for a living.

And, as a journalist, I promise to do my best to report some good news too. Good news might be harder to find, but it’s out there.

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