By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)
The question many — including myself — may ponder is this: Why continue to publish the PRDude blog, now in its tenth year?
After 10 years and 432 posts, I sometimes ask that question of myself.
A simple answer includes these components:
- Because I can.
- Because I enjoy it.
- Because I still have something to say.
Want more? Here are some general thoughts.
What I’ve Learned: The public relations profession has evolved dramatically from a media relations-focused practice to one that incorporates integrated communications. The change was mostly driven by technology. That’s not a revolutionary observation, but one that should continue to remain at the forefront. That means there’s lots to comment on.
A Personal Perspective: I have remained steadfast and passionate about the value and practice of sound, ethical public practice. That will never waiver. Publishing this blog provides a medium to defend instances where the profession is misrepresented, often equated with propaganda.
Favorite Posts: Don’t have kids, but we have cats. I love them both the same; and, I have the same perspective about the posts published here over the past decade. But this post from 2010 about my “alter ego” still resonates just a little more. More recently, I’ve enjoyed sharing thoughts on my pursuit of my Master’s degree in English.
What’s Needed: I plan to (someday) finish adding categories to past posts. And, I might consider changing the theme, or finding a way to monetize The PRDude blog. Hey, back in 2013 I made an offer to sell out! (I would still entertain reasonable offers.)
To conclude, I thank all who have read, commented and shared my thoughts these past 10 years. Stick around for the next 10.
A final thought: I had planned to publish this post yesterday, September 11, 2019. We all know the significance of that date and what took place. Out of respect I held off. But my thoughts on 9/11 can be found in this post from September 11, 2011 — 10 years after the terrorist attacks. I hope and pray I don’t have to write about those memories again.