Tag Archives: Watching Our Water Ways

Email notifications for blog posts are back following disruption

Some of you may have noticed that you were no longer receiving email notifications of posts to the blog “Watching Our Water Ways.” Somehow, around the middle of October, this function just disappeared. I’ve been trying to get it back, and now, thanks to some behind-the-scenes work, email notification of new blog posts is back in operation.

I’ll concede that some people probably never noticed the lapse, and others might have been happy to avoid the email. But I’m pleased that many people continued to read the blog and offer their comments. This email function, along with RSS, allows people to quickly see a topic and decide if they would like to continue reading.

If you want to sign up for email notifications, simply type your email and zipcode into the box in the right column under the recent comments.

As always, my primary goal is to focus on issues related to Puget Sound, but I’m open to conversations about anything water-related. Each Monday, I try to feature something a little off-beat, humorous, artful or amazing.

I’m always open to comments and suggestions. If you have a moment, please let me know if you think this blog is worthwhile, and let me know what kind of topics you would like to me to write about.

Here are some of the Water Ways headlines (with links) from the past six weeks that you might have missed:

About Water Ways blog: new thoughts for a new year

As we enter the new year, I’d like to thank all of you who read this blog and especially those who have contributed with comments, suggestions and knowledge.

As I was looking back over the last year’s entries on Water Ways, I realized that we stayed pretty serious throughout the year — with occasional exceptions, such as “Amusing Monday.” While I don’t subscribe to formal New Year’s resolutions, I’d like to make sure we don’t get too bogged down in heavy issues in the year ahead.

Of course, I’ll continue to explore serious water-related issues, but I would like to add some shorter, lighter touches along the way. And I’d like you to think of this blog when you encounter any water-related subjects. Maybe you’ll hear a piece of music or see some artwork that could be shared online. Maybe you’ll see or take a great photograph you’d like to share. Maybe it will be a special quote, poem or joke. Send it to me via e-mail at cdunagan@kitsapsun.com. I’ll add a new entry with credit to you, unless you choose to remain anonymous.

I enjoy writing this blog, and I hope more of you will find a way to join the conversation in the coming year. If you can’t comment online, even with a pseudonym, feel free to write me directly. I take all comments to heart.

Let me also take a moment to remind you that you can receive an e-mail each time a new blog entry is posted by putting your e-mail address into the e-mail notification form in the right column. Similarly, you can sign up for the RSS feed. If you follow me on Twitter, you will find links to many of the blog entries as well as interesting news items that I find in the online world.

If you are interested in a particular item and would like to follow all the related comments, you can sign up for an e-mail notice at the bottom of any comments section. You will get an e-mail each time a new comment is posted for that item alone.

Thanks again for reading, and I hope everyone has a great 2011.

Journalism awards: A chance to offer thanks

I would like to extend my congratulations to all the winners of the Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest. I’d like to say thanks for the award given to Watching Our Water Ways. And, while I’m at it, I’d like to chronicle a statistically rare event that occurred Saturday night for the Kitsap Sun.

This competition is considered an important contest for most news organizations in our region. In some years, it is the only contest I enter.

Those who submit reporting projects are informed that they have won something — but winners are not told whether they are getting a first-, second- or third-place award until winners are announced at a banquet. This year, the banquet was Saturday night at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

It’s always a bit of a crapshoot, which allows me to make a statistical calculation. Of course, it’s an honor to win at any level, because somewhere around 2,000 entries in various categories are not recognized at all. But one can never be sure what will happen. One year, an entry that won a Pulitzer Prize for the Seattle Times came in third in the SPJ regional contest.

So here’s the deal. On Saturday night, four front-line journalists for the Kitsap Sun attended the banquet, and all four walked away with first-place awards. That’s Angela Dice, Chris Henry, Nathan Joyce and myself. (Check Sunday’s Kitsap Sun for details.) As I calculate the odds, the chance of that happening is one in 81, based on equal odds of getting any of the awards.

Three of the Sun’s awards went to people who did not attend: Josh Farley received a first place award, Adam Kispert received a second-place, and a team of folks won a third-place. If Josh would have attended the dinner without knowing that he had won, the odds would have been one in 243.

Speaking of the dinner, I would like to express appreciation to our editors for going and supporting us. That’s Editor David Nelson, local news editor Kim Rubenstein, and assistant news editor Vince Dice. In past years, editors have not always found the time.

As I write about these statistics, I realize it seems that I may be giving this honor less weight than it deserves. In truth, I can’t remember Sun staff getting this many first-place awards in one year, so it is a rare accomplishment.

As for myself, I am pleased that this blog was officially recognized with an SPJ Award for “Best Site — Specialized Subject.” I am proud to be in the company of Doug Ramsey (second place), who writes a wonderful blog on Jazz called Rifftides, and a team from Idaho Public Television (third place), that maintains an informative website and blog called D4K — Dialog for Kids.

But I have to say that I am also honored by the favorable comments and support I receive from you — the readers of this blog — whether they come via the blog itself, e-mails, or in person. So this is a chance for me to pause and tip my hat to everyone who subscribes to or reads Water Ways, offers comments or helps me with ideas.

Reminder about the lists, and a Twitter question

This is a quick note to remind readers that I maintain four linkable lists that focus on news, research findings, government actions and upcoming events, all related to water. You can access these lists by clicking on your choice under “Water, Water Everywhere” above (next to my picture).

I try to choose only items of general interest, although I take into account that readers of this blog don’t shy away from technical issues. Lately, some of the research findings have been especially interesting, and you may want to browse the research list. Just so you know, I take these items from a variety of sources — including Science Daily, which does an excellent job of keeping up with a wide variety of research.

By the way, I’m thinking about using a Twitter account that would post regular entries from “Watching Our Water Ways” along with additions to “Water, Water Everywhere.” In other words, it would be another way for readers to reach this blog, but it might not add new information, at least at the outset. Would anyone be interested in following WaterWatching if I fire up the Twitter account?