Sunday, October 27, 2013

And now for something completely different: BlackBerry. Funny.

I write a lot of stuff. No surprise, given that I'm a journalist. When I first started writing, I remember thinking that every article I wrote was incredibly significant and worthy of framing and mounting above the mantel. I assumed I'd remember every article forever.

It didn't take long for me to learn how naive I was. The daily grind of writing for a living means most of what you do is quickly forgotten. Some days you're writing so flat out that you've pretty much tossed the thing you just submitted into the rearview as soon as you hit Send or Publish. Sometimes when I'm researching story ideas, I often find myself reading older articles, only to realize after the fact that I was the writer. Memory, I guess, isn't my strong suit.

But some pieces stand out a bit, and this week, amidst a series of newsy pieces for Yahoo! Canada, I got to write one that does. Here's the link, headline and sub-head:
BlackBerry, BlackBerry, which suitor will you choose?
If she’s going to survive in anything like her current shape, BlackBerry needs to find a corporate buyer. Marriage is the only way out of this mess. Good news is there's interest...
I don't often get to "write funny". Most of what I do is fairly straightforward news or analysis, and I'm guessing readers looking for tech insight want the facts, not an impression of The Onion. But this time was different. It was something known as a gallery format, which is a relatively new thing for me, and my editor - bless him - gave me a lot of room to play with.

So I played. And the result is something I doubt I'll be forgetting anytime soon. Hope you enjoy the read.

1 comment:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

That was very good, Carmi.

(And I have a Yahoo common tater account, too. ;-)