Let’s get caught up really quick, okay?
I’ve been writing an opinion column for Patch.com for three years in Evanston, Illinois. My latest column is here.
That column was intended to be one of the last of its kind, as Patch.com was sold last month to Hale Global, a turnaround tech firm.
I wrote about what writing for Patch means to me. How it’s changed my writing. Changed my life.
It’s been quite a ride with Patch.
I’ve had multiple editors. Taken pay cuts. Heard from angry readers. Been stopped in grocery stores by neighbors all over my community asking if I’d write a story about a topic that needed a voice.
The Patch column wasn’t something I sought to write — someone read my very first blog and gave me a shot at a local opinion column. I guess you can say it was my Field of Dreams blog: If you build it, they will come.
The column, in my mind, was always intended to be something to keep my writing muscles intact while I figured out how to get my first novel published.
Sometimes it’s been a distraction from that work, at other times a saving grace. But always, my Patch column kept me connected and engaged with my community.
And so, when Patch.com was sold to Hale Global last month, I saw the writing on the wall. I wondered what might happen to the 500+ columns I’ve written.
I took a look back at my favorites — the ones that meant the most to me — and wrote that latest column as a farewell to Evanston and a cautionary tale for Patch’s new owner.
Apparently, that new owner, Charles Hale, read it: