Tuesday, February 3rd

#138:Deep Thoughts About The 21st Century Viking Link List, V 1.0

Music: Greyboy All-Stars
Mood: accomplished
After spending most of last night hunting down all of the links and compiling a link list, spending this morning double checking the links and posting the list, and having just finishing saving backup HTML copies of each story, I feel pretty awesome. The first 21st Century Viking column was published on Halloween 2008 and I have posted one nearly every week since. In an odd bit of disassociation, I wrote them, submitted them to my awesome editor at the Ballard News-Tribune and then started work on the next one. It did not occur to me until recently to make sure I had links and backup HTML files for all of them, and I procrastinated about doing it until last night. The process of creating this list has not only been an important step in the process of creating my writing portfolio but it made me confront how much work I have done and the fact that this work is getting out there.

It was a good thing I made the list now because despite my best efforts at fishing the internet, I could not find the links for two of the columns so far. On the bright side, in the process of finding the other links that I had lost track of, I discovered that my columns had been linked to by lots of other sites. The 21st Century Viking is being read. Seeing proof of this is such a great feeling. The ones that seem to get the most links are the ones about local transportation policy and the one I wrote about Fisherman's Terminal. As a result of the Fisherman's Terminal article in particular, I have been met a lot of interesting people and have a lot of interesting ideas for future articles. In addition, writing the online column has also led to writing one freelance article so far and will hopefully lead to more in the future. It has been a great experience working for the Ballard News-Tribune. Writing for a newspaper that has been around for over 100 years definitely gets more people to read your writing. This online column is just the beginning of a long writing career. Stay tuned to the athenaverse for more exciting updates!

santo26 on 02.03.09 @ 03:20 PM PST [link]

#137: 21st Century Viking Link List, V 1.0

Music: Bootsy's Rubber Band
Mood: excited
*UPDATE 2/28/09: Due to a recent update of the Ballard News-Tribune's website, some of the links to the older columns (001-014) have been disrupted. I will update the links as they are put back online. *

*UPDATE 5/30/09: Most of the disrupted links have been restored. I am working on getting the other ones up and running. Thanks!*

001:21st Century Viking-LINK BROKEN

002:What Happened To The Swedish-Finn Historical Society?- LINK MISSING

003:Ballard Deserves National Clout-LINK BROKEN

004:Is Sound Transit 2 Sound For Ballard?

005:Honoring Edith Macefield

006: The Viaduct, Ballard and You- LINK MISSING

007:An Ode To The Sea Captain

008:Walking Down Ballard Avenue

009:Some Streetcar Suggestions

010:Post Snow-pocalypse Thoughts

011:Does The Tunnel Cut Ballard Out?

012:Why Fisherman’s Terminal Matters

013:Be Local, Buy Ballard

014:Archie McPhee, We Hardly Knew Ye-LINK BROKEN

015:The Importance Of Being Involved

016:Two Too Many Red Light Cameras In Ballard

017:The Homeless In Bergen Place Aren't The Problem

018: Shopping and eating local

019: Get to know Port leaders

020: Sunset Bowl, one year later

021: The Rise of the Comic is at Arcane Comics and More

022: All hail the cherry blossom tree

023: When the big one comes to Ballard

024: Being prepared could save your life and others

025: A parade in Ballard

026: Corners Park a model for neighborhoods

santo26 on 02.03.09 @ 02:03 PM PST [link]

Monday, February 2nd

#136: 2009 and The 21st Century Viking

Music: Bootsy's Rubber Band
Mood: hopeful, driven
Happy 2009, everybody! I know I haven't been paying as much attention to the athenaverse lately as I should. I have been paying more attention to my online newspaper column for the Ballard News-Tribune called "The 21st Century Viking" than to my own interweb pulpit. I promise you that will change quite soon, as in right now.

I plan on providing the links to all of my 21st Century Viking columns from the recent past, and will link to the new ones as they come. I'm not sure why I didn't do this from the beginning but it is better late than never I suppose.

Here is the link to my most recent 21st Century Viking Column entitled Be Local, Buy Ballard.

santo26 on 02.02.09 @ 11:17 PM PST [link]

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