Best of our TU Community Bloggers, March 5, 2015: Ten for Thursday

Good morning!  Is that the sun out there?  Are we going to see these piles of snow and ice finally melt away?

Keep thinking positive.  It will work out.

And while we’re waiting for the snow to melt… let’s check out ten Times Union community bloggers and ten great blog posts from this week.  They include:

  1. Rob Hoffman in “The Hoffman Files” blog, “Listen to your inner immigrant.(Read this first.)
  2. Scott Jarzombek’s “On and Off the Shelves” library blog, “Don’t just take things, but make things!
  3. Roger Green’s “Information Without the Bun” blog, “New Dr. Seuss v. new Harper Lee.
  4. Meg Nigro Helligrass in the Holistic Health blog, “When we don’t get what we want.
  5. Ralph Renna in the CRUMBS Music blog, “CUR518 – Local Music Diaries, March 3, 2015.
  6. Brian Huba’s “The Cat’s Pajamas” blog, “Couples Skate.
  7. Fran Rossi Szpylczyn’s “There Will Be Bread” blog, “Underachieving by design.
  8. Chad Polenz in The “We Read Comics” blog, “Batman Movie Month recap.
  9. Assemblyman John T. McDonald’s blog, “Higher Education Road to Success … our Commitment.
  10. Sonja Stark’s “PilotGirl” blog, “The sweetest festival in Florida.

And there you have it.  Time to get a cup of coffee, sit back in your comfy chair, and peruse ten great articles by the Times Union’s quality community bloggers.

What are you waiting for?  Start clicking and start reading! 🙂


6 thoughts on “Best of our TU Community Bloggers, March 5, 2015: Ten for Thursday”

  1. Clickeyclack…Clickeyclack…Clickeyclack… Clickeyclack…
    THIS is a Jango Zombie Blogs Update….

    Rosemary Armao and Donna Liquori both retire from the TU blog community one month after appearing on the Jango Blog List. I don’t want to assert a post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy, but man, I am soooo totally post hocing my ergo propter hoc fallacies today!

    Is On the Edge “Off the Edge?” Being on the edge usually implies compelling future trends, pushing the envelope of society’s norms. Instead, we get the ongoing drama of fashion, fun, and social media faux pas. Seriously though, while Brianna, Trudi, and Tracey write enthusiastically about whatever it is they write about, most of Kristi Gustafson Barlette’s contributions seem to be polls and/or WFLY cross-promotions

    3/4: A Poll
    2/13 A Poll
    2/11 A Poll
    2/5 WFLY cross-promotion
    1/29 An article, sort of – kudos!
    1/21 Poll/WFLY cross-promotion
    1/22 WFLY cross-promotion 111 words (come-on toss us a bone, 250 words!
    1/14 Poll

    I don’t mind cross-promotions, but why just WFLY? Why not a blog with revolving posts by various area radio shows hosts? I would LOVE to see an Uncle Vito blog! The reality is, of course, getting all these stations to share one space would cause them all to self-implode – so, it still sounds like a good idea. Still, it’s a bit disappointing and while Kristi used to write decent-sized blogs here once, her contributions now would not be enough to sustain a blog on its own. 250 original words a month is not much – Chuck and I can crap that out before breakfast. The radio job is no excuse. I worked in radio, it doesn’t take much prep, isn’t brain surgery, and one single 250 word original contribution a month is not much. Or is it? Let’s have a poll!

    Farmlife, Last post 11/10/2014: Believe it or not, good old Jango once worked on farm, mainly livestock, which is why my ability to sniff out bovine scatology is so finely honed. There are lots of families in the surrounding area still employed in farming, so as Spring approaches, it would be nice to see some growth in the Farmlife blog.

    The Davenport Chronicles: Last Post 11/3/2014 I like this blog, I found Megan’s blog on the concept of “the sacred a**hole” oddly compelling…so, hope to hear from you soon!

    The Zan Blog, Last post 11/17/2014: Appropriately named, Zan writes about Zan in various cities during Zan’s world travels What can you learn about those far-away places she visits? Why Zan of course! I’m busting on Zan, of course. She is a fine writer, but her topic rarely strays from the 1st-person internal monologue. The pictures she post reveal little of the locations she visits – most of them are fairly generic, usually of herself, and could easily be taken at various locations around the Capitol Region. World travel is a privilege few can experience, and a column on the TU blogs an even rarer privilege. So, I’d like to read more about what Zan saw, before she enters Troy Bid Blog infamy…

    Which reminds me….Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike. What are we going to do with you Mr Huber. Since May 21, 2014, my people have wandered the desert plagued by the shadow of the abandoned Troy Business Improvement District Blog. For NINE long months this blog has sat unattended. Only Mike Medved’s House of Hoops blog went longer without an update for 10 months. To be frank, as hard as I was on Medved, I kind of expected it, after all, jocks right? However, Erin Pihlaja was a journalist! If anyone should realize the POWER of reaching out to thousands of people a day – for free – is a gift that should not be ignored. The real PR impact on the public is of course that if even the Troy BID executive director Erin Pihlaja can’t find a single good thing to say about business in Troy for 10 months, then there probably isn’t much to say.

    Clickeyclack…Clickeyclack…Clickeyclack… Clickeyclack…this was a Jango Zombie Blogs Update….


    1. “…a column on the TU blogs an even rarer privilege.”

      “However, Erin Pihlaja was a journalist! If anyone should realize the POWER of reaching out to thousands of people a day – for free – is a gift that should not be ignored.”

      A blind man with a cane could see how badly this man wants a TU blog of his own. Chuck, give the man a chance to dazzle us. List “Jango LIVE!” among your “Friends of Mine Whose Blogs You Should Read” on the right side of the page.


      1. I have no problem with zombie blogs…you’re getting what you pay for. A ghost blog could be more interesting. I see that Jango, the Unfriendly Ghost Blogger still hasn’t posted a link.


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