I joined the list initially to see whether there might be some opportunities for my authors to serve as expert sources (and get their books mentioned in the article). And I have seen several stories that they might be good sources for. But mainly I'm just being entertained and educated by it. It's fascinating to see the kinds of stories that reporters are hoping to write, such as
- Moms who don't drive a minivan (I thought I could be a source until I saw that they wanted someone with at least three kids for this one.)
- Is your surgery on YouTube? (I certainly hope not!)
- Celebrities with food allergies (Do tell...)
- Your beef jerky experiences (Just watching those disturbing SlimJim commercials.)
I'm also seeing some trends emerging--lots of queries about "green" this and that, and an inordinate amount about skin care. It's also instructive to see how far out reporters are planning their stories (some are already working on holiday-themed pieces).
So check it out. Who knows what inspiration you will find!