Since moving back to Fresno from San Francisco last July, I’ve quickly (to my mind, at least) ingrained myself in the thriving Fresno blogosphere and creative community. My out-of-date links section lists but a few of the interesting and innovative Fresnans who are Trying Something Different (and whom I now call friends).
I never set out for This Is Conlan to be a “Fresno blog”, nor even did I seek to be a “Fresno blogger”. And, despite my occasional appearances on the Beehive, and my various associations, This Is Conlan remains as it is—whatever it is—but not a Fresno-centered blog.
Still, through my writing for Fresno Magazine and my love of music (both good and live), plus my affinity for loitering in places that serve coffee, food, and/or alcohol, I find myself thinking a lot about Fresno and my neighbors. About what’s going on and what has gone on. I find that sometimes I know what’s going on, and more often I want to know what’s going on. The people and blogs I alluded to play a big part in that, but I still had some of my own ideas floating around for what I’d do if I ever did write a Fresno blog.
Of course, that wasn’t going to happen. I have enough trouble writing content regularly for This Is Conlan. I wasn’t going to start another unprofitable hobby while I went on with little or no real income. That would just be dumb, right?
A few weeks ago, my friends at Fresno Magazine came to me with a proposition: “Blog for us.” Would I be paid? “No.” Would I have full creative and editorial control? “Ehh…” (to my surprise) “…pretty much.” So I thought, what the hell?
Introducing FresnoMagBlog.com. My plan is to focus on local arts, music, entertainment, with a distinctly South-of-Shaw bias, which I think is underrepresented in the print mag (although overrepresented in the bloggernet—I’ll have to figure how to balance that). I plan to keep it local, positive, independent, and entertaining. I’ve got some weird stuff planned. Maybe it’ll work out; maybe not.
I figure this is a chance to flex my creativity a bit, while really contributing to the Fresno creative community whose company I already enjoy so much. Who knows how long my “creative control” will last, but while it does, if you’re a Fresnan, think about adding FMB to your browsing repertoire (give it a few weeks to mature, at least). If you have any ideas or feedback, email . I’ll still be updating This Is Conlan (no one could ever give me this much creative control), so don’t worry about that.
We’ll see how it goes.