If you haven't yet read the MEN publisher's letter to readers and advertisers in today's edition, I started a separate thread on that topic:http://monroetalks.com/forum/index.php?topic=11808.0
Now, how does the Monroe on a Budget
blog fit into the goals of Monroe Publishing Co. as stated by our publisher to "all of us in our community must support one another"?
My blog's focus is how Monroe County residents can save money.
I figure if local families know how to save money on family and household expenses, there will be ripple effects to the local community far beyond the immediate gratification of one family saving $5 at the grocery store.
Maybe it's one more family who can make a donation to the food pantry basket.
Maybe it's one more family who can afford to keep their child in a school sports program because they've figured out how to come up with the pay-to-participate fees.
Maybe it's one more employee at the retail store who stays on the payroll because customers have realized the store provides products they need at fair prices.
I don't have a firm rule that "only MEN advertisers" get mentioned on Monroe on a Budget
. From time to time, I do mention sales and deals from businesses that aren't advertisers and in some cases may be located in a nearby community.
But yes, I'm pulling much of that retail shopping information from the sales fliers that arrive in my home delivery edition of the MEN.
Reason: I quickly realized that a general tip of "shop with coupons" does not have quite the same impact as "free frozen vegetables this week with coupon + sale price at such-and-such grocery store."
And it takes me far less time to look and sort through the sales fliers that arrive in my daily newspaper than it would to take look up every local store's web site once or twice a week (depending on their sales cycles).
Besides, the value of newspaper coverage goes way beyond business information. Our publisher said in her letter today, "Much of the credible information on the Web is produced by newspapers."
She is absolutely correct. Most of the public service announcements that are sent to my attention at The Monroe Evening News
are arriving because I am a newspaper reporter - not because I host a very popular local blog. The civic clubs, committees and businesses involved still want the credibility of the newspaper publication. When I tell my sources that I'm also posting their announcement on my blog, they are pleased. But they still want to know "when will it be in the newspaper?"
Yeah, I'm ranting a bit.
Can you tell I want my blog to be back up?
If you like what I've been posting on this mini-blog thread, do check out and bookmark Monroe on a Budget
when BlogsMonroe gets back in service.
I really do post on the blog almost every day, and often several times a day.