AKRON (Aug. 13, 2013) — In the typical introductory conversation in a social setting, the question always arises: "What is your job?"
When I tell people I'm a journalist, I usually see a gleam in the eye of piqued interest. Then comes the inevitable follow-up question, "Oh! Who do you write for?"
"I write for Tire Business newspaper."
Cue eyes-glazed-over look.
I'm sure I would have retained interest if I had responded with "New York Times" or "CNN." Yet I try valiantly to regain some interest by clarifying that "it's a business trade publication and I write more about small businesses than just about tires. It's very interesting."