I have been toying with an idea for my blog. Since I am a bit of an attention whore, I love writing about myself, but I also love the idea of incorporating other people into more of an article setting.
I’m the daughter of a newspaper man. He was good at his job, he seemed to know everyone and he’s been quoted in The New York Times (He’s the last paragraph. His name is Robert and it is completely normal for him to have the word ‘Ersatz’ in his vernacular.) He would also probably drop dead and die at my utter lack of editing or attention to grammar on this blog. When he retired he was city editor of one of the large dailies in Salt Lake City and I always thought that one day I would be a reporter. I used to love hanging out in the news room and listening to snatches of conversation going on between the other reporters and editors. I love talking to people, interviewing them and hearing their stories.
I’d like to interview you all.
Everyone has a story regarding prom, even if they never went to one. A friend of mine wrote something that has stuck with me for several years entitled, “Prom is a four letter word: A series of Haiku’s by Karen B.”
I loved that title.
It totally struck a chord with me because I had the most wretched prom. Truly, it was so pathetically heartbreaking. I know people with completely opposite stories, nights so perfect and magical that it STILL brings a smile to their face when they are well into their 30′s and 40′s.
Why does one event when you are 17 stay with you for so long?
It’s something that I would like to explore a bit more.
I want to do a three-part article series titled: Prom is a four letter word: The good, the bad, and the ugly.
I want to hear your stories about prom.
Your most memorable experiences.
The good, the bad and the ugly.
Do you think prom is the stupidest thing on the planet? A trite, overblown social ritual that should be scourged from the face of the planet? Or do you think prom was magical, necessary and validating?
I also want to hear from people who didn’t attend prom. What did you do instead? Did it end up being ok? Do you regret it?
If you have written previously about prom on your blog, send me a link. If you have read an post on another blog that you find memorable, let me know about it. If you have a great story, leave me a comment (Hopefully, with an interesting hook line to drag me in.) and maybe we can set up an interview. If this inspires you to go and write your own post about prom, let me know about it.
I’m not totally sure how all of this is going to go…It really depends on the responses I get. I know that I can’t use every story in my actual article, and even the things I do use may only be one line out of an entire post, but thanks to Mr. Linky, I can certainly links to people who have contributed or link to individual posts about their own experiences.
Talk to me.