My Interview with the Denver Post

I was interviewed on November 1, 2007 by the Denver Newspaper Agency for their electronic newsletter, The Scoop. I was also their featured blogger.  The original interview was posted here:  http://www.postnewsads.com/blogs/ Here are their questions and my responses.

What made you start blogging? I wanted to share my thoughts and opinions and blogging was a way to allow me to do this. I have found that it is a nice way to relax while I am winding down in the evening and getting caught up on what is happening in the world.

Why Mile High Soapbox? If you look at the definition of a soapbox, it is a improvised stage where someone would get up and speak their mind. That is what I wanted this blog to be. A place where I could just be me and speak what I thought. Mile High just came as a reference of our region to help localize the blog.

What's your favorite subject to blog on? If I had to pick just one, I would have to say technology. I like following the industry and talking about those subjects. My next favorite subject is sports. I like watching and playing all sorts of sports.

What's you're favorite post you've ever written? This is a tough question. There have been several good posts that I like, but I think my favorite is titled "Schools Brainwashing Kids." The post was made March 17, 2007. It was about schools in Vermont teaching one-side of the issue about global warming. In my opinion schools should present the best information possible and let the children form their own opinions. Not just one side of an issue.

What do you do when you're not blogging? When I am not blogging or at work, I am doing projects around the house, playing with the kids, or taking the kids to their events. Plus I like to go chase a little white ball around the golf course. The kids really take up most of my time, but it is fun doing stuff with them.

Favorite blogger? I wouldn't say that I have a favorite blogger, I have some favorite blogs. Lifehacker.com and 43Folders.com are my two favorite blogs to read. They have good information on how to become more productive so I can spend more time doing fun things.

Any blog writing suggestions for new bloggers? Just write about things you like. It will be easier to write a post and will be real. The readers of your blog will appreciate that more.

What are your favorite things about Denver? I would have to say my favorite thing about Denver is the mix of outdoor activities, the sports teams, and the culture of the city. You can go for a hike or go for ride your mountain bike and then go out at night to a nice restaurant, catch a play downtown, or pass the evening sitting at Coors Field. This mix makes it the perfect city to live in.

Favorite place to visit in Colorado? My favorite place to visit in Colorado is Breckenridge. Even though it is a resort area, the town has kept the charm and the history of the mining town that it once was. There are a bunch of great things to do in Breckenridge, tops on my list are drinking some beer at the Breckenridge Brewery and visiting the numerous galleries in town.

Favorite Colorado sports team? I would have to say the Colorado Rockies. I have been a fan since I moved here in 1993 and it was great to see what they did this year.

Opinion on the local newspapers? I think that both major newspapers do a good job at covering the news and are getting better about integrating their online presence with their print publications. I think the two major newspapers are letting the communities down by not having more specific news local to the suburban communities. These stories don't need to be in the print edition, but could easily be added to the online version. Finally, both could be more friendly to bloggers by providing links to bloggers who are posting about an article. This would allow for more of a conversation than just the online comments that appear now.