That blog I threatened to blog

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Awhile back, I wrote this column about moving to Ann Arbor, and said I’d start to blog about getting to know my new home.

Well, I’m all moved in and have been getting to know a few folks here and there, and many, many more to go. Some folks were even kind enough to invite me to meet them. First one of those will be Saturday, in fact.

Anyway, this is that blog. At least once a week, I intend to put down a little something about getting to know Ann Arbor and Michigan. Hopefully it will help you to get to know The Ann.

Speaking of which, one of the reactions we get goes something like this: I really like your magazine, but (looking back and forth between our ‘heroin’ edition and our ‘love, Ann Arbor style’ edition) … what are you?

Fair question. Here’s my answer.

We’re a news and culture magazine. Unlike your typical city magazine, we’re not interested in a steady diet of fluff and boosterism designed only to keep advertisers happy and readers all sugared-up. Unlike your typical newspaper, we’re not interested in spraying the firehose of gloom and despair of the police blotter and political wrangling on readers, either.

We want to reflect the totality of Ann Arbor back to you — the good, the bad, the weird, the cool, the scary. If our covers seem a little inconsistent in tone, that’s a good thing. Because even a noob like me can tell Ann Arbor isn’t just one thing.

My experience of A2 so far has been almost unfailingly nice. Nice people. Nice bus system. Nice (snow-covered, alas) parks. Great beer and food and atmosphere. But I see the anti-hipster graffiti on the backside of The Getup just down the street from our office. I know the Hash Bash is right around the corner, and a little of the crazy history that spawned the event. Those beggars downtown are begging for a reason. And that’s just the beginning — there’s so much weird and wonderful to jump into. Hell, Detroit’s right next door: a whole nother world.

So it’s the calm before the storm, I reckon. Strap in.

Jim McBee

Founding partner, creative director and ink-stained wretch with The Ann magazine.


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    Rob Dewig

    March 26, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Well done, Jim. Certainly a blog to look forward to…

  2. Jim McBee

    Jim McBee

    March 26, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you, sir!

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    Tim O.

    April 24, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Wait, what? You moved to Ann Arbor? Cool! This is an old buddy from Grass Valley.

  4. Jim McBee

    Jim McBee

    April 24, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    And you should be up here writing for me, man. If I had any damned money.