Every once in a while I emerge from my subterrestrial blogger's burrow to eat, bathe, shave and join the surface dwellers under the secret identity of an accomplished journalist. I must admit that this doesn't happen very often. Most of the time I can be found glued to my laptop or soaking in the day's news from multiple sources like some sort of mindless automaton. In fact, I probably consume more news than should be legally allowed for one human being.
But, whenever I don my notepad, pen and tie, it's usually because I'm venturing out into "the real world" (as I call it), where I'll be interviewing sources, researching data, collaborating with editors and photographers and generally fulfilling the responsibilities of an all around awesome journalist. Seriously, I make Clark Kent look like Barbara Walters. (I have no idea what that means, but I'm sticking with it.)
As most of my friends and family know, I spent the last three months working on a feature cover-story for Mobile Bay magazine on the growth, expansion and development of the West Mobile region. I've been writing for Mobile Bay for almost six years now and it seems that every new assignment is more exciting, educational and, in some cases, more challenging than the previous assignment. For this piece, my executive editor Lawren Largue and I wanted to capture the personality, the passion and the unique "vibe" of the West Mobile community -- an area that has seen a decade of explosive growth, expansion and evolution -- much of which has set it apart from other notable communities like Springhill and Fairhope. As you'll see in the piece, this required months of brainstorming, researching, interviewing, coordinating and crafting together all of the painstaking details that make West Mobile the place that so many people, including my family, are proud to call "home."
Of course, there's so much to say about West Mobile that it just wasn't remotely possible to fit it all into one piece. So, we've dedicated the entire April issue to the sights, the sounds, the smells (yes, there are smells) and the people of WeMo. So grab a copy of this month's issue of Mobile Bay magazine and check out my piece: "Best of the West" on page 56. Here are a list of places where you can purchase a copy of Mobile Bay magazine: Where To Buy. If you can't get to one of our distribution spots, you can read the piece in its entirety on Mobile Bay's web site here: "The Best of the West."
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