Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hey! I'm still here (virtually)


Kind people have inquired as to whether or not I'm blogging anymore, and some were even certain that I had passed on to the big park in the sky.

"Yes" to the former and "no" to the latter.

It seems that much of my blogging energy is being channeled into the park's facebook page.

(cue music)

Back in November my position was converted to "subject to furlough" status; that means that I can expect to get an annual lay-off for two to six pay periods.  That's not the Service being mean to me, its merely a reflection of economic realities, no doubt you are feeling the pinch too.

Rangers who get furloughed either have to get their Home Depot application in order, marry a very wealthy person, hit the Powerball, plan a perfect jewel heist with Michael Caine in the lead role:

 or find what is called a "detail".  A detail entails temporarily working for another park, and being on their payroll, ideally for the length of one's furlough.

Fortunately I live in the NCR which in this instance does not stand for National Cash Register but National Capitol Region.  That's fortunate because there are many parks near me when the furlough reaper comes a knocking at my door.  Parks near my driveway include C&O Canal National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and Monocacy National Battlefield.  Traveling closer to DC (and the traffic which that brings) one finds Glen Echo, the National Mall, Ford's Theater, Fort Washington, Manassas etc.

It was at Manassas that I found safe harbor during my March - April furlough.  Somebody must be on my side because I didn't have to go looking, that is to say someone was looking for me, not to mention looking out for me.

My detail was technically through Manassas National Battlefield, though I only went there twice for briefings, I spent all of my time at...


Working with the wonderful folks of the NCR social media team my assignment was to produce content for the new Antietam facebook page.  The Service has really jumped into the various social media with both feet and we already see the results in both increased interest as well as increased visitorship ("I saw it on  facebook").

For two months I wrote and stockpiled entries to get our page through the end of our battle anniversary with daily posts, photographs, short videos, or all three.

I've been a media guy for a long time.  For four years, back in Michigan, I taught kids how to shoot and edit their own videos.
(I still have the shirt)

Another example of my incredible media prowess can be viewed here

And those of you who know me well know that this is only one of a few blogs I keep

So this detail was right up my alley

Although there are about four people involved in the authorship of the site,  I have had readers of this blog spot either my prose or my photography, and that's nice.

Now here's the cool part; posting daily to the parks fb page is no longer my sole responsibility, but its still one of my responsibilities, and I'm getting lots of participation from the people that I work with.  Just as I have in my blog, I've been showcasing the efforts of the Cultural Resources folks, the gang in the Maintanence Division, Education, Visitor Services, Natural Resources,  everybody!


So what I'm getting at is that I'm still blogging, except that I'm now doing it on the down-low as a member of the region's social media team.

So that's the deal,  I expect to be back here with regular posts some time after battle anniversary.

Until then, indulge me with an album of some of the photos which I posted (or thought about posting) on the park's fb page over the last few months (if you'd like them larger just click on them):

Antietam Album 2012

Do stop by from time to time...

I'm still enjoying life...

just north of Sharpsburg.




Anonymous said...

From Laurie R: Loved this post Mannie!! The photos are awesome. Hey, did you know I'm now a fellow NPS employee, working at Valley Forge National Historical Park for the summer as a biological technician, and loving it! Think of you often and so glad we are "Facebook Friends!" :)

Crowwatcher said...

Love to see your rich media background come into play. And the video career started with a tea party!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful and thoughtful photographs, Mannie! I always enjoy seeing them! Thanks!


Jeff said...


Exactly how long does two to six pay periods last? Yikes!
Good thing you have that strong background in using social media.

Stay cool,


Devan said...

Really interesting update, and I've thoroughly enjoyed the work Antietam (not to mention other parks!) have been doing in the Facebook-verse to keep everyone connected with the latest happenings.

Of course, always like to pop by here to get "the rest of the story"!