So it’s not a mall teeming with cockroaches or a trip to check out kinky gadgets in the adult store.
But I did end up with a column every sports mom or dad can relate to today when Jeanne Walton stopped by to see me at Panera in West Manchester Township.
The story goes a little something like this:
Kid plays sport.
Kid does really well at sport and qualifies for national tournament.
Parents rejoice — until they see the price tag.
I put my business reporter ears on as she told me about her son’s team, Black Dog Lacrosse, and the bajillion fundraisers they had planned to pay for a trip to a big tournament in Tampa.
Hell, I had issues selling a few chicken barbecue tickets in high school.
So I wrote this blog post on York Common Cents and parlayed it into a column for the print business page Wednesday.
Walton told me she saw my invitation for story ideas on the York Daily Record/Sunday News Facebook page, where I had posted this:
I’ve been a little conservative lately about how I’ve marketed my location.
I mostly use the Facebook now the day-of.
Reason? I’ve got to balance an actual workload with meeting and greeting.
I was inundated (sometimes with not-so-useful information) the few times I put my meeting spot in the print newspaper.
Now, I use this promotion technique sparingly only when I’m prepared to talk to people — and do nothing but talk to people.
If you tell them, they will come.