by Samuel Gerald Firman
For about eight years I have been writing stories and essays on Newsvine trying to let others know what I know. It now comes to my attention that I don't know much and what I do know is not very transferrable. Before those eight years, and more like 25 years ago, I had a captive audience. I was able to hold most of the 35,000 residents in my area of influence enthralled by publishing a weekly newspaper that was called, "The Good Newspaper". How influential was I? Well, the good newspaper quote came directly from the publisher's mouth. Mine. I was able to convince people I was a Democrat, if that is what they wanted to believe. I also had more that thought I was a Republican, closer to the truth but not quite accurate. The best thing I did was create jobs for quite a few and put a few dollars in my pocket.
I give you this background to explain some things about my continued contributions to Newsvine. I have no idea how big my audience or following is on Newsvine but I see only a hand full of votes or comments on anything I publish. I don't feel I have accomplished much for the Newsvine community. I have tried in my own way but that seems insufficient. Where I once had Governors, Attorney Generals, US Congressmen, Mayors and many more seeking my guidance and endorsement, I now have people ignore me or worse, acknowledge my presence but not speaking to me by comment or otherwise. I often feel I am no longer important to the community and I often find the community is changing its profile. It is becoming another generation, another group of disgruntled and unsatisfied people who decry their condition in life but refuse to join together to create a better way. Instead we fight, find fault, flay others for presenting viewpoints and moving on without or in spite of me and those I have considered friends for so long.
On Friday 10 January, 2014, The Free Press will be publishing what we feel is one of the best articles submitted to Newvine in its beginning year, 2005. We will continue with a series through the current year. At this writing we have only one article nominated for 2005. Nominations are scarce for other years as well. If you have an article you wish to see republished please let us know. This will probably constitute my last Harrah! on Newsvine. I am not leaving, I will still be here, I will continue to contribute. I will hope for a regeneration of Community or generation of a new reason to be a Newsviner. I just am going to put my efforts where they may do me and you more good. Being lost among all these people who would denigrate and abuse our community and our nation has been wearing. I need to find an audience that will respond and hopefully take up projects for improvement.