#Happy

by Roger Pynn

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about all the things we write here on Taking Aim, particularly the tone of the things I’ve written over the last year.  Many of them seemed sad or even mad and many of those were the result of something that has had me wringing my hands … the loss of the world I grew up in and reveled in for so many years:  print journalism.

But as I realized that Newsweek magazine would be disappearing from newsstands this week and re-opening its doors online, it struck me that it isn’t the texture of paper that makes me happy.  It is the written word.  I love to read good writing … good news writing, well-written opinion, great fiction, in-depth history and solid business material … even just a good memo.

I’ve never been a particular fan of Newsweek, although its layout has intrigued me.  In fact, I always thought it had a political slant, as do its competitors in the weekly magazine space U.S. News & World Report and Time.  I was brought up in journalism classes to avoid opinion-driven news coverage … but, what the heck, I’m not going to win that war.

So, I’m going to try really hard to avoid any more hand-wringing and be glad that the incredible digital era has given us new ways to receive, find and enjoy good writing.  Gosh, for a guy my age it is sometimes overwhelming – certainly amazing – that within moments I could find something as interesting and well-written as this little piece that you’ve likely read many times – but if you haven’t, you should.

I want to write about what makes me happy … including that little #hashtag that lets us all gather around a single thought.  I think I’m going to try to focus a lot more on good writing next year than I have bemoaning this year that my newspaper is thinning faster than my hair.

Here’s to #Happy.  Here’s to good writing and to 2013.  May it bring us good news.

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