Yes, the Sun-Times has given me an official blog. But if you're here, you probably already know that.
Now, I've been posting pretty much every article I've written for the paper on my own Web site for seven years now, so you could say that the "recent articles" section of JimDeRo.com has more or less been a pseudo-blog. And readers of the Sun-Times know that I often run columns devoted to the feedback I've gotten from them via email. (These often begin, "Dear A**hole...," but hey, everybody's a critic, and I welcome people having their say!) So how will this site be different?
Well, for one thing, I'll be posting my Sun-Times pieces in a much more timely fashion, along with other news and notes that may or may not make it into print. For another, it will give you, dear reader, the opportunity to give your feedback/get in my face a heck of a lot quicker. And, perhaps most excitingly, it will allow me to link to music on the Web that you really need to hear RIGHT NOW, so you can decide for yourself whether or not I've hit the target in my reviews.
From now through the end of the year, I'll primarily be posting some Year In Review pieces looking back at 2007 -- I'm basically just playing around with the site and learning how to post, since I am, theoretically, on vacation though any journalist will tell you that he or she is never really off the clock -- last year, I spent three hours on Christmas Day writing an obit for the great James Brown before I was able to get down to the business of opening my presents. But, hey, I'm not complaining -- the immediacy of this gig is one of the things that makes this the best job in the world -- and blogging will make it all more immediate than ever! (Thank you, Al Gore, for your splendid invention of the InterWeb.)
I hope you'll bookmark this page and come back often. I'll do my best to make it worth your time.