People of the Web is live!

The project I have been working on for Yahoo! finally launched today! People of the Web is live and I hope you’ll take a look at what we’ve done.

I’m working with Kevin Sites producing original content for Yahoo! News. We’re featuring people doing unique, controversial, provocative, unusual, or funny things online. Our beat is broad so we’ll be covering all kinds of people over the next few weeks and months. My first three pieces include a profile of former sitcom star Kirk Cameron, gay activist blogger Mike Rogers, and blogger turned journalist Josh Wolf. I hope you’ll let me know what you think. Also, please let me know if you or someone you know is a “person of the web” that we should be profiling.



I often find myself re-writing things. I worked on that sentence (the one before this one) 4 times. I’m still trying to figure out why. I just deleted a paragraph I was going to post here; I decided I didn’t like what I had written.

I loved this video because it reminds me of that feeling — writing and re-writing with an audience in mind.

(Thanks Todd)

I’ll be talking a lot about conversation and networking on this blog but if you’d rather live it than read it, please join me and several other fabulous Angelenos at likemind. We meet once a month for good coffee and good conversation. Everyone is invited, especially if you don’t know any of us.

Our next conversation begins on Friday, April 20th at 8 AM. We’ll be chatting at Susina Bakery, 7122 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.

Find out who else is coming here.

JLR in the NYT

My Metropolitan Diary entry appeared in the New York Times and later as an ad for New York City’s subway system back in 2004. The original post is here but you’ll need a TimesSelect password to view it.


I was at a hip New York bar recently celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday.

At the table next to us were a group of out-of-towners discussing their plans to visit the Empire State Building the following day.

Needing help with transportation, one of the women turned to our party and said, ”Do y’all ride the subway?”

Before we could answer, she asked a follow-up question: ”Oh, wait, are y’all from here?”

Our group replied in unison, ”Yes.”

The thoughtful tourist paused for a moment and then quickly rephrased her question: ”Excuse me, do youse guys ride the subway?”

Jamie L. Rubin