Editor’s Note: Our friend and contributor, Pat Cavanaugh, presents TheYeast.org, a new kind of Website that we hope you find useful, entertaining and informative. Nothing is as exciting as starting something new, and as Pat explains we want The Yeast to become a meeting place for people through blogs, stories, and video that reflects the dreams, desires, and pride of the people of the communities that we will serve.
By Pat Cavanaugh, Yeast contributor
It’s been two years since I retired from the newspaper world following 50 years of being involved in the business.
During those years, I saw the industry be a mover and shaker and one that strived to show the positives of the community become an industry struggle to make a profit, and downsized to the point that it wasn’t capable of serving its community as it once had done. I saw no light at the end of the proverbial tunnel for a revival of the industry. Also, the truth of the matter that at 70 years old, I was mentally and emotionally tired.
When I stepped back from my marriage to the newspaper industry, I also stepped back from community involvement which I truly enjoyed. But alas, I had no more steam in the old engine to give the 200 percent of myself that I always found to be exciting.
I realized I had become that old fart that hung on and didn’t do anything but was always ready to give his opinion. I despised people who served on boards who were like that. I now have two part jobs working with Scot Ward Funeral Services and Ginn Motors. I love both of them because I get to serve people, and I have no stress.
Our intention is not to become your local newspaper but to provide talented people a place to share their blogs…. Occasionally we will cover a story that affects our community, but in different ways than a community newspaper can do it.
I also now have plenty of free time. Unfortunately, I have spent a lot of that time reading newspapers and watching TV news. What I have seen has made my stomach turn into knots, the utter non-truth being spewed by all major newspapers which I had at one time held a great deal of respect for, and the TV channels both broadcast and cable is more than despicable I have found lately that even Fox News has presented stories that aren’t even close to being true and are presented in order to stir up viewership with no thought of trying to ensure our country survives.
I try to read the local papers to try to understand what is going on in my local communities. Unfortunately, that becomes a major disappointment as neither one of them shows a heart or a spark of life of any kind. Fortunately, I have an extensive library which I have begun to tap into, how exciting and refreshing that has become.
I said all of the above to say this, the gas tank is starting to fill up again slowly, and although I no longer have the desire to change the world or to become the publisher of the Washington Post, I am finding that I do have the desire to have fun again.
A great deal of the desire is being channeled through the online news product you are reading in TheYeast.org. A small group of us all of whom you will meet in a special podcast that we will present in two weeks have been working on this project for the past year.
Our intention is not to become your local newspaper but to provide talented people a place to share their blogs. We also will be doing weekly podcasts talking with interesting people in your community.
Occasionally we will cover a story that affects our community, but in different ways than a community newspaper can do it.
Sometimes, we will offer up ideas about community projects you won’t have to agree with these ideas we just will want to think about what is happening to things like your tax money.
Our first big Podcast will be covering the St Patrick’s Parade and the World’s Shortest Endurance Race in Conyers. More details to come. You might ask are you doing this for free? Well, for now, we are. We are pooling our funds and being very tight, but as we grow we will offer special videos for potential advertisers and grow readership to allow community businesses to reach their markets.
You might ask if we are starting this because we are mad. The answer is no. We do not want to compete against anyone. We do not have an ax to grind. We just want TheYeast.org to be a product that reflects the dreams, desires, and pride of the people of the communities that we will serve.
If you wish to know more about The Yeast or would like to join us, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Till next time.