About

Howdy!

This blog is about Olympia. And, I suppose places around Olympia, but mostly Olympia. A few years ago the blog had a level of snark and local politicking that I've grown out of. That's not to say this kind of discourse isn't important or that snark is all that bad, I just don't have it in me.

Today, I suppose I'd say you're reading a slower version of Olympia Time today. I describe this transition here, but it gets a few details wrong (no zine anymore).

I've maintained a blog about Olympia since about 2001 or so. This is the latest iteration. There was an earlier one called Olympia Newsboy. You can find those archives here. I also maintained a short-lived local news site called Olympia Today in 2000.

In addition to this blog, my other local project is a podcast called The Olympia Standard. We talk about local politics in a civil manner. It's super awesome. I host it with the unmeasurably talented Dani Madrone. So, okay, the first person who tells Dani that I called her unmeasurably talented will get a free beer from me. As of January 2018, that beer has been left unclaimed. So much for people reading "about" pages.

If you feel like the type of person that supports local media, you can support me here.

I've also chipped-in on a few larger blog projects. I was a founder over at Western Democrat, a front page blogger at Washblog and a docent at Olyblog for a time.

Currently, I also contribute some history pieces from time to time at Thurston Talk.

Emmett O'Connell
emmettoconnell at gmail dot com
@emmettoconnell