Judging by the trickle of comments that still come in and the clicks on various posts I’ve made over the years, it seems there’s still some interest in my work even though I haven’t updated this blog in almost a year.
Looking at the dearth of updates, it’s surely no surprise to anyone that I had trouble finding the time and energy to keep this blog going in the long term. Although I linked to articles I wrote for the Calgary Herald, I started this blog out of my own initiative and as such, I was judicious about not using work time to update it.
It’s time to wind down this blog — but this decision marks a beginning, rather than an end: the Calgary Herald recently launched a crime blog on its website, and I’m hoping you’ll join me there.
I’m excited about the chance to continue blogging in a new venue. What I especially like about the set-up is that it’s a group blog, so I won’t be solely responsible for keeping it up to date. That’s great, because let’s face it: I’m not that prolific or insightful. Self-interest aside, the new format is a chance for you to hear from my talented Herald colleagues, namely fellow crime reporters Sherri Zickefoose and Stephane Massinon.
There’s a lot of material on this blog about a lot of cases that attracted the interest of Calgarians over the years. Considering the amount of visitors it continues to receive, it appears to remain a resource that people continue to find useful. For that reason, I plan to leave this blog online for the foreseeable future. I hope people continue to find it useful, but what I’m really hoping is that you follow me to the Herald’s new blog.
Thanks to all for reading.
Covering crime is, at its most elemental, about reporting the news. But when I show up on the doorstep of a grieving family, I do so with the hope some good may also come from what I do. Sometimes that simply means providing an accurate accounting of what happened and giving people a chance to have their say.
In the case of unsolved crimes, however, there’s an opportunity to do more: continued publicity and exposure can generate tips that could ultimately help solve a case. With that goal in mind, I’ve created a page profiling some unsolved cases that I’ve covered over the years, including the homicides of Terrie Ann Dauphinais, Helena Mihaljevic, Mark Poovong and Aaron Shoulders.
I plan to add more cases over time — and nothing would please me more than removing some of the existing ones in the event they’re solved.
I guess I was putting the cart before the horse by making a topical post before actually explaining what exactly this blog is about. I’ve been chipping away at it in my spare time for awhile, and thought today was as good a day as any to go “live,” considering how long I’ve been covering Calgary’s gang war.
One of my aims with this blog is pretty basic: to give an opportunity for my far-flung relatives and friends an opportunity to follow my work — sort of the online equivalent of the athlete who turns to the camera during a pause in the action and says, “Hi mom!”
As well, I’m invited to speak at local colleges and universities a few times a year, so I thought this blog would be a good way to prime the discussion by allowing students to familiarize themselves with the subject matter.
If strangers stumble upon this blog during their online travels and start reading and commenting, well, that’s an unintended benefit.