Why Good News?

Here’s the story of how it all began, back in early 2009. Today, I have a real job — at the Idaho Business Review as editor of special sections — but from time to time, I still have something to say on this blog. I hope you get a smile or a nice warm feeling in your heart — or maybe a satisfied full belly (I love to write about food). Cheers! — Jeanne

Ticked off, sad, depressed and disappointed by all the bad news? Tired of hearing about foreclosures, bailouts, layoffs and favorite restaurants closing? Me too! That’s why I am starting this blog — to paraphrase a line from the 1976 movie “Network,” “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!”

Here’s my story: My name is Jeanne Huff and I got laid off from my job of five-plus years as assistant features editor, reporter and columnist at the Idaho Statesman on October 9, 2008. I thought I’d bounce right into something else new and exciting, but the economy and all of its bad news bounced back. Hard.

A couple of weeks ago, I had coffee with my friend, Jim Meadows. Jim is the owner of Home Enhancement Company. He does home staging and orchestrates charitable makeovers, bringing other local businesses together to help make dreams come true for some who can’t afford to do that on their own.

Jim listened to me grouse for a bit, then said: Everywhere I look, there’s bad news and everybody I talk to is sick of it. Why don’t you write about the good news? It’s out there. I hear about it all the time, but the mainstream media just doesn’t talk much about it.

I said: Yeah, I like that. Good news.

Since then, Jim and I have talked to a lot of people: community leaders, economic development and city hall types, media moguls, local business owners and “just plain folks” and friends. EVERYONE thinks it’s a good idea.

Sure, there’s bad news out there. Plenty.

And it gets plenty of exposure.

I want to get out the good news.

So come to this blog for an uplifting look at our world, both big-picture and Boise-style. And if you’ve got something to add, please feel free! I’m starting a Good News Army.

I’m looking for news in the following categories (or just make one up).

Know of a new restaurant or shop? Is one extending its hours or changing its menu?

Send your good news items to:
Did you see or hear of a good deed lately? Was someone noticeably nice? Let’s celebrate our local heroes, spread the word and the good vibes.

If you’re a local business owner, what are some tips for success? How have you tailored your services? What innovations have you made?

What’s happening? Cool places to go, things to do?

Know of any good bargains, sales, cheap, tasty snacks, budget-minded recipes?

How about local hidden treasures? Let’s get the word out.


14 responses to “Why Good News?

  1. Thank you! Your feedback is much appreciated!

  2. You certainly deserve a round of applause for your post and more specifically, your blog in general. Very high quality material.

  3. yay. Good news. So there’s one more of us 🙂

  4. Grammy, I love you and keep up the great work. You’re the best fishing buddy ever. Ready for another sleep over. Love you bye.

  5. That’s great, please do! I’m not sure exactly how, but one of my subscribers told me he gets an RSS feed so he gets any new posts that way.

  6. I would like to subscribe to your blog.

  7. What a great way to lift others as you are choosing optimism for yourself! We will get through tough economic times by exercising creativity and generosity.

  8. Ron Gardner to subscribe you have to have a wordpress account (free), when logged in visit the good news blog and under “blog info” you should be able to select “subscribe”

  9. Hi Jeanne,

    I always enjoyed reading whatever you wrote, and I missed you when you were laid off from the Statesman. I’m glad to see you’ve found your voice again, and I will keep my eyes and ears open for goodies!

  10. This is great and I’d really like to know if there is a way to subscribe to this blog? If there is anything here about that, its so well hidden that I can’t find it. I’m retired from the state tourism office and doing some freelance stuff for the SW Idaho Travel Association now. We’d love to be able to keep up to date on the good news!

  11. Just wanted to say thank you. This is a blog I am definitely wanting to stay connected to. Sorry to hear about your job…that is definitely a bummer. But it shows a lot to start a blog about “good news” in the midst of all the crazy economy stuff happening right now. I have posted an update on my twitter…which is exposed to about 2300+ followers, locally, nationally, and internationally. I am excited for the future of this blog, and the awesome story you will have down the road. This has needed to be done for a while, but no one has. Great job.

  12. Great Blog!!! I will be letting my friends and clients know about it through our auction updates e-mail list. My son and I have talked about doing something similar to this ourselves, glad to see you have taken action on it.


    Alan Armstrong
    Lead Auctioneer, ArmstrongAuctions.com

  13. That’s awesome, Nancy.

  14. I’ve been in the beauty business for 30 years and knows what it takes to make a haircut last. Every few years I have raised my prices for lifes increases. With the ways things are for allot of people I have decided not to raise prices to my clients. However I am committed to work more hours. I am offering 50% off first time haircut and style.

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