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Can someone please read my blog ...

by John Halverson

June 16, 2011

I have a testimonial to share.

"Just went through your blogs. They are great!"

That's a very nice commentary on the blogs I've been writing the last two months. Never mind that this thoughtful vote of confidence came from my daughter.

And never mind that I had asked my daughter to read my blogs. Several times. No word yet from the other six people I've requested "feedback" from.

I can only conclude:

1 — No one is reading them.

2 — People love them but are too shy to say so.

3 — They're so bad that even those jerks who anonymously spew venom on our blog comment section are at a loss for words.

I'll choose 1.

If people have been reading the blogs, I'm sure someone would find the typos I missed the first 37 times I read them. It's especially sad my blogs have apparently put to sleep the multitudes of comma chasers who pick apart our paper every week.

Apparently, no one reads them in-house either or those typos would have been found (really, our people are pretty darn good at what they do). The sad part is that my title is general manager. I pay these people to work here. Once when my son didn't laugh at one of my jokes, and I countered by saying that I had them guffawing at work, he said "well, you pay them." Apparently I pay them enough to laugh at my jokes, but not enough to read my blogs. I don't want to risk mass resignations by forcing the issue.

Before you ask, I'll answer an obvious question: No, I do not receive additional compensation for writing these blogs. That would be disgusting, an abuse of power, and self-aggrandizing — and as you can tell, I'm a humble man.

Yes, I know. Self-pity is unbecoming. So is writing an entire column beseeching people to feed my ego, find my typos, read my darn blogs.

If this doesn't work, I don't know what to do. Maybe I'll have to hire people just to read them. Or put more daughters on the payroll.

Editor's note: John's blogs can be found on the blog section of If you have trouble navigating the site and need help finding them, we have a help desk — just call our office and ask for John.

Halverson is the general manager of the Regional News.