You’re sitting there reading this site and thinking “I can do that.”
You can. Easily. You don’t need special software or a college degree. You just need a desire to write. Share your concerns, your memories, your rants and raves.
Just don’t bring up that time in 5th grade. No one wants to hear that story again.
So, we’ve established you have something to write about. Here’s the place to write it: Polk Voice. It’s a site for and by the citizens of Polk County. (Yes, that includes all residents of Lakeland.)
It takes a minute to register, and about two to read the rules, and you’re on your way to hyperlocal blog stardom! (Ok, closer to being on the way to giving your family one more place to read what you think of, well, anything.) [Note: except wedgies in the 5th grade. They’ve heard that story every Christmas.]
Publishing your concerns and cares takes a minimum of computer software knowledge. The Polk Voice interface lets you type it exactly the way you want to see it. Enter your text. Click a button to make it bold or another to highlight your sister’s comments in italics. There are few more buttons to make the text appear in different colors or sizes, but there is no need to make your readers remember the Sixties. Just save those fancy buttons for your 4th of July post.
Press a button when you’re finished typing and the whole-wide world can see you misspelled Lakleand. Fix that and they can read, laugh, cry, or get really angry at the city council. All because of you.
The Polk Voice is operated by The Lakeland Ledger. They must be running it out of the goodness of their hearts. (Yes, occasionally corporations have hearts.) They don’t charge you for space or the extra-special features. And, as far as I can see, they don’t have an advertisement on the site. It’s a pretty rare newspaper that gives its readers such an easily accessible and open forum.
Give it a try. Even if you feel a strong need to discuss 5th grade wedgies from your best friend. Who knows? Maybe he’ll read your post and get you to meet him over lunch to discuss old times.
And then you’ll have your chance to give him a wedgie back for revenge.