Huffington Post and Writing About Canadian Entertainment

A while back I wrote a piece about the need for a site like my blog — and similar ones — writing about Canadian film & TV BUT that was more high profile. Kind of like Huffington Post Canada, I wrote — except Huffpost didn’t seem interested in doing that.

To which I received a response from an editor at Huffington Post Canada suggesting, in essence, I put my money where my mouth is and write a few posts for them.

So I did.

The first one is here: Is Canada Ready for a Canadian Movie Channel?

And I heartily invite anyone reading this to go over and read that post and then, if so motivated, post a comment. Any comment. Agree with me. Disagree. Comment on someone else’s comment. All is good.

You see the Huffpost editor suggested that he himself was frustrated because Canadian entertainment pieces tended not to generate much response, at least going by the comments sections. And so it was hard to justify making room for them on the site…if no one seemed interested in the topic. And my point is — I think it’s important to have regular Canadian entertainment posts on what is, after all, Huffington Post CANADA. And brushing shoulders with American pieces as opposed to hived off in a ghetto of Canadian articles. So I encourage you to leave a comment (even if it’s to strenuously disagree with me) just to show the highers up that people really are interested in and engaged by such pieces. And while you’re there, do the same for any other Canadian entertainment post.

Interestingly, my post has been up for a few hours…and already has garnered a handful of comments, which hopefully is a good sign.

Now maybe I’m fixating on an irrelevancy — maybe it doesn’t matter. But Huffington Post Canada is trying to establish itself as an important presence on the web (much as Huffington Post USA had done). I recently caught a few minutes of a round table discussion on the CBC’s The National where one of the commentators was from Huffington Post Canada…implying it’s already being seen as a “player”. And a recurring theme in Canadian entertainment is a lack of coverage in high profile venues.

So if you think it’s important, spread the word among friends. Or if you actually work within the Canadian entertainment biz, mention it to co-workers. As always, it ain’t about me: whether I write a few posts then disappear, and it’s someone else up next. Just show the powers that be at Huffington Post that, hey, yeah, people are interested in these topics.

(I’ll still post pieces here, as well — just so’s ya know).

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