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Cruising to Carolina

Miata in South CarolinaAfter I left The Ledger in July, I had time for a trip I’d been wanting to take for several years. It seems several other people wanted to take it, too, and told me they enjoyed following my journeys on Facebook. Here are some highlights:

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Hello, again

My first blog was called Polk News Watch. I set it up in the fall of 2003 as part of theledger.com, the website I started for The Ledger, the daily newspaper in Lakeland, Fla., where I live.

Polk News Watch was a spot where readers could discover what other publications were reporting about our part of Central Florida.

The secret sauce was a daily email from Google News that fed me news stories mentioning Lakeland, Polk County, Winter Haven and several other local cities.  I developed the most interesting links into blog posts and often channeled info to Ledger editors as news tips.

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