The Union has a web page feature that links to local blogs.  Blogs that focuses on local issues and events according to the web page.  This blog focuses on local issues and the national issues that have a local impact.  I wrote Brian Hamilton and suggested that The Union link to this blog. This is the nice response I received from Brian:

Thanks for reaching out.While I’m sure you do often provide commentary on local issues, just to be clear, we’re not looking for blogs that engage in the typical back-and-forth, left vs. right, national politics. There is enough of that on every cable TV “news” station, and an endless number of Internet websites and blogs as well. We’d prefer to focus on connecting our community and issues of local interest.

Brian goes on to offer me an opportunity to submit Other Voices articles to The Union. That would give The Union and opportunity to act as a gate-keeper, deciding if my ideas should be published. In the past my Other Voices, were filed in the black hole circular file. They just vanished.

I prefer, to decide what needs to be published. Yes, it would nice to have a larger audience than the six nine regular readers of this blog, but I will keep trying to present ideas for their consideration.  I some cases items of interest that The Union will not have the interest or expertise to address.  Their blog links seem to filled with fluff and self-serving real estate ads.  Warm and fuzzy stuff. Lets not deal with any real issues seem to be their mantra.

Please stay tuned and share this URL with your friends, it would be nice to have a few more regular readers.

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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4 Responses to Rejection

  1. Russ Steele says:


    An insightful reply. You are correct I should have stuck with my original blog and just changed directions and adjusted the focus. However, when I moved to WordPress from Typepad, I decided to make a clean break. Maybe, not the best decision. My Next Grand Minimum blog averages about 200 readers a day from 30 different countries.

    Your idea of guest posts on Sierra Foothill Commentary is worthy of consideration. George Rebane used to be guest poster and then he started his own blog, Rebane’s Ruminations. That was back in Typepad days, let me look into how guest posting is done in WordPress.


    • RL Crabb says:

      It would probably help if Nevada County Voices updated their site. Your only listings are the old blogs.


    • Dena says:

      Guest posting could be handled by emailing a submission to you and then you install it in the blog. I would be very careful about who I grant posting permission to as you do have a theme and it would be a good idea to proof the document and the topic before posting.


  2. Dena says:

    One of the reasons you have only 6 readers is the fact you have had 3 blogs in the time I have been reading you. Every time you move to a new blog you are going to lose readers. In addition, there was a time after the election that you didn’t blog on politics and that didn’t help. You need to have a constant stream of post. If you are going on vacation or will not be posting, indicate the date that posting will resume. You should also consider guest post if you are unable to keep the volume up. Give some guide lines for guest posters to follow so people like me that may want to say something but don’t have our own blog know what we write is likely to be posted on your blog. Should you desire to have guest posters, set up another email address for post and display it on the page where it can be seen. Currently I only know your email address because I saved it from another blog.

    The Union is wrong because anything relating to operating a community is political. From the founding of the country it has always been a question of how much of a roll government should play in our life. The only way they can maintain their stand is to report only on local happenings and say nothing about politics. If you want to read about a local parade or how to grow a garden, that would fit the guide lines but placement of the garden such as in the front yard might be political.


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