Friday, January 22, 2010

Indiana Blogger Gets Discovered; Loads Up Truck for D.C.

Today I write to offer hope to the millions of us who labor in obscurity on our blogs. One of our ilk has just hit the big time. And he's my co-godparent.

For close to a decade, Sean Medlock anonymously (and unbeknownst to us all) wrote a right-leaning political blog under the pseudonym of Jim Treacher. Then one recent day Tucker Carlson, editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, came calling. The grapevine has it that he flew to Indy to meet Sean, liked him, and then immediately flew him to D.C. to meet the staff.

So as of January 10, Jim Treacher has his own column, "The DC Trawler," on The Caller's site. Nobody is more amazed about his good fortune than Sean himself. "Isn't this crazy?" he asked me over Twitter last night. "It's happening to me and I don't even believe it."

I asked Sean to share a tweet of advice for all of the bloggers who aspire to go big with their writing, and he responded in classic Jim Treacher style:

Write every day. Or as often as you can. Okay, at least once a month. If possible. Maybe. Crap, I'm no good at advice.

But it sounds solid to me. I look forward to reading more of his adventures as the self-dubbed "Farmy McRube" acclimates himself to the beltway. But I don't plan on talking politics with him at Zack's next birthday party. Looks like we've got a Carville/Matalin problem going on (in which I am the scary cajun Jack Skeleton lookalike).


Abby Rogers said...

I see that you have England listed as one of your interests! Perhaps you would enjoy my blog:

As often as possible I will post photographs of glorious vistas, charming close-ups, and interesting tidbits of life in Great Britain for the pleasure of Anglophiles everywhere!

Lori Cates Hand said...

I luuurve England. Thanks for sharing!

Mary F said...

Random side note. I worked in a restaurant when I first moved to DC...Tucker Carlson would come in almost daily for a few weeks--always ordered sparkling water, black and bleu salad with steak and EXTRA bleu cheese. He once told me I should start using the nicotine patch. Said it would "calm my nerves"...maybe he thinks I am high strung. He then would ge decaf coffee--no cream, just "fake sugar". Nonetheless, Mr. Carlson was great fun and always cracked jokes at the perfect time.

Either way--congrats to your friend. I am always happy to see fellow writers advance in the world.


Lori Cates Hand said...

Hi Mary,

That's a great story!

And here's an update on Sean's story: This week he was struck by a Department of State vehicle while crossing the street. It's quite a bizarre turn of events: