Last night, I got an e-mail from the Director of Public & Media Relations at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Kimberly Harms. She had seen one of my articles on Yahoo! Sports about Super Bowl XLVI activities in Indianapolis and wanted to provide me with information about events at the Children's Museum. As she and I exchanged e-mails today, I learned that she used to be a sports reporter in Texas, Michigan, and for WISH-TV here in Indianapolis. Not only did our conversation lead to valuable information for a story I wrote today, but I think Ms. Harms is also going to be a valuable contact for the future.
My articles about Super Bowl activities around here are absolutely exploding--60,000 page views in the past two days combined. An article I wrote about events in my county immediately caught fire and set a personal best for me for the most page views in one day: nearly 20,000. By yesterday evening, it had become my top-performing article of all-time. Amazing. The research for that article also developed a great new contact within my county's convention and visitor's bureau, so there's an added bonus!
My editor at Yahoo! seems to have noticed the success that these articles are having because he unexpectedly gave me a temporary beat assignment to attend Super Bowl festivities around the city, take photographs, and write articles about my experiences. Oh, okay...twist my arm...
Then as I happened to be perusing Facebook for article ideas, I happened across a post by one of my Facebook friends, arena football quarterback Nick Hill of the Tampa Bay Storm, announcing that he has signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers. In my never-ending quest to garner more mainstream media attention for the Arena Football League, I put together an article about Hill's progression to the NFL for Yahoo! Sports' arena football page. After it published, I ran it through my normal social media outlets and then moved on to another project, not giving it much more thought.
A couple hours later, I nearly fell out of my chair when I received a tweet from Jason Wilde, who turns out to be an NFL senior writer who covers the Packers for ESPN Milwaukee. He cited my article about Hill in an article of his own! I am floored! My goal in writing is not to break news, but as I look back on it now, it appears as though mine was one of the first, if not the first, to appear on Hill's signing. Pure dumb luck that I just happened to be on Facebook at the same time Hill made his post, and now I have ESPN Milwaukee citing me! I'm in awe...and extremely flattered!
Plus, I'm absolutely ecstatic that arena football got some more mainstream media coverage. Very good for the league and for the sport in general. It makes me very happy.
All told, it's been one fine day.