Besides blogging, I’ve written for TRIP’s bi-weekly Troy Treasures column in The Record, which have been well received. It’s a great opportunity for me to write about my favorite subject – the history of Troy, my beloved hometown. Whether writing about neighborhood kids getting together for a reunion, Troy's baseball history, or our Bintz pool at Prospect Park the history I share comes with my personal take on it and I stand behind my product.
It may sound twisted but I actually like standing behind my product. If I’m still collecting data on a subject, I wouldn’t declare my opinion. Why? It hasn’t been formed yet. That’s one of the reasons I’ve remained generally silent on the voter fraud debacle. I read the latest blog entry by Tina Urzan and, boy, I couldn't agree more. If I'm speaking out on something or writing about a subject, the data has been collected and my opinion thus formulated. I, like Tina, always identify myself when commenting on a digital article at The Record. Who at this point does not know that The Dartlady is Peggy Kownack?
I do the same when posting comments on fb pages like Troy NY Memories, Restore Troy NY’s Uptown Neighborhoods, Troy Neighborhoods Action Council or North Central Neighborhood Assn. In my mind, those that comment without putting their name to it don't feel that they can stand behind their product. Perhaps they shouldn't be trying to sell it. My grandmother taught me not to say anything if I had nothing nice to say. Here's a modern day translation: If you can't sign your name to it perhaps you shouldn't write it. I stand behind my product.