Katie Delahaye Paine, authors two very different blogs. One that brings her smart point of view about the PR industry. The other offers her very personal story about not only surviving life but how to take a giant bite out of life and laugh at your demons.
Katie's email includes the following quote that is the essence of so many stories.
I can think of nothing more gallant, even though again and again we fail, than attempting to get at the facts; attempting to tell things as they really are. For at least reality, though never fully attained, can be defined. Reality is that which, when you don't believe in it, doesn't go away. - Peter Viereck
I was asked to present a paper at the International Public Relations Research conference in Miami in March of 2005 on How to Measure Blogs and realized that I better have some personal experience with a blog before I started writing. So I set one up and blogged the conference and then kind of forgot about it.
But then Shel Holtz scolded me about not keeping it updated, and I started paying more attention. I started getting comments from all kinds of people and having really interesting conversations with people who had very different perspectives on PR measurement and then I was hooked.
And then of course I read Naked Conversations and ran into Shel Israel in Palo Alto and got even more inspired. I've always been a journalist of sorts and I find blogging to be the perfect medium. In fact I now have two blogs, one for business, KDPaine's PR Measurement Blog and a personal one truesurvior that came out of my breast cancer experience and the need to process emotions and grief. Actually, I'm so enjoying this process my staff is thinking of enrolling me in Blogaholics Anonymous.