Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk for December 26, 2011

The presents are unwrapped, and the food is all eaten (well, most of it)… but Christmas is still on everyone’s mind. Many people are off work or school today, and others are just staggering back to the grind knowing that the New Year is just around the corner. 2012 is barreling upon us like a freight train, and nothing is going to stop it. Time is the one thing man has no control over.

2011 is soon to be a memory, and now is a great time to reflect on all that has been accomplished — and what still needs to be done. Things are no different at The Real Story. 2011 has been a wonderful year, and 2012 holds the promise of a bright future and realized dreams at this lil webzine /newspaper.

Since October 19, our publication has strived to bring the community news and views it cannot receive from any other outlet.  We have persisted in being different, witty and sometimes even brutally blunt to get the real news across. We have done it with fairness and with No Compromise. This will not change in 2012!

As the year winds down, here are a few accomplishments we have attained with the help of a very loyal readership and the support of the community since October 19, 2011:

  • The Real Story has posted 157 articles as of today
  • We have had 388 comments made on our posts
  • We have created 22 categories with over 4500 tags
  • We have 1404 followers with 108 individuals getting an e-mail every time we post an article
  • Sometime — early this week — The Real Story will shatter 50,000 hits all-time on our website
  • Content from The Real Story is easily accessible from Google, Bing, Yahoo!, and other major internet search engine outlets
  • Daily, our writers and staff are approached by people in the community and are thanked for the hard work they do, bringing the truth to our readers and sharing the tough, hard-hitting stories, many of which are not covered by any other legitimate media outlet in the area

Without the support of a great community, none of these accomplishments would have occurred.

2012 will bring even greater success to our venture, with the support of our friends and readers who have been with us from the beginning. Our goals are lofty and our dreams are huge, but we feel we can do anything with the love and help of this wonderful community.

In the very near future, The Real Story is going to do a media campaign, pushing our webzine and our soon-to-be print edition. There are still thousands of people who do not know about this venture or the product that we are producing. It is imperative that we all spread the word to make this a success.

So without further ado, here are the lofty goals of Real Story Publishing for 2012:

  • By January, The Real Story will be a bi-weekly print publication. We will start modestly as a 12-page, large tab publication and will expand as our product grows. Also, we will move into a weekly publication as soon as the demand is established.
  • We will not print random mug shots of people who are arrested. While others hunt squirrels and rabbits, we are going to hunt big game. We are going to cover the movers and shakers of this community:  the politicians, individuals in business and industry, and activists who make this town and area click.  And, most of all, we are going to keep those individuals who serve in government accountable. We will keep their feet to the fire. Period. We will never get in the bed with politicians and allow our stories to lose credibility.
  • We will never serve on political committees, never ask politically appointed boards for money for our projects, and will never take money from special interest groups. We will not take advertising money from individuals or businesses that would ever compromise our principles and integrity.
  • We will be an open and “free” press. We encourage our readers to comment and write on today’s current events. The Real Story must be interactive.
  • We will strive to be the best written paper in Mississippi. We will not compromise politically and side with the “Right” or the “Left”, so don’t expect us to lose these principles of objectivity.  We will tell the truth, and if you need to be called out as a politician — we will be the one to do it. No Apologies. We did not start this publication to become popular or make friends. We started it to serve our community as a legitimate news /press /new media /publishing outlet.
  • We will not be politically correct. If you can’t handle the truth, you can’t handle this paper.
  • We will continue to have a daily webzine after the paper goes to print. We will be timely on both fronts.

As for our readers, here are some things you can do to help us be successful:

  • Ask your local merchants to carry the paper and display it so people can see it and know that it is being sold in their stores.
  • Buy a copy and share it with your friends. Let everyone know about the website and the paper.
  • Write for us and take pictures of your events. We need your input to make this a true community publication.  We want to promote your local events!  We want to and thus can give a voice to the otherwise unheard and virtually speechless, who deserve to have a voice in the region.
  • Advertise your business or services in our print publication with full-color ads and buy/trade/sell in our classifieds section.

2012 is going to be an incredible year. With the support of our loyal readers, there will be no stopping us. Together, we can take back our community… one story at a time!

Joseph B. St. John

A/K/A Mr. MoJo Rising

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4 Comments on “Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk for December 26, 2011”

  1. Harold Nichols Says:

    I can’t wait until your weekly paper is in print. How do I get a copy of it?


  2. John Dorroh Says:

    The lofty goals are both admirable and doable. Go fo it!


  3. Tommy Gentry Says:


    I don’t see anything “ghoulish” about printing mugshots. However, it should be noted that those arrested are assumed innocent until proven guilty. A picture is sometimes worth a thousand words and a photo may provide clues that otherwise may not have been discovered with just a name. A Timothy Harris appeared on the mugshots page.

    A case in point.

    In the case of the scrap burglaries in Crawford, Tony Cooper now tells my brother that there were two Timothy Harrises and that the Timothy Harris that was arrested for the burgalry of the Bell Awning Boom Truck in Crawford is not the Timothy Harris that was an ex-con.

    But when my brother called 911 to report the sighting of the “crushed” stolen boom truck leaving B&S scrap salvage, and after “a Timothy Harris” was ID by B&S, Tony Cooper says that “…looks like he’ll be going back to prison.”

    Will the real Timothy Harris please stand up.


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