I just got back from the Southeast Journalism Convention in Oxford, Miss., and it was by far the most informative event I've ever attended. This is mainly because of Paul Conley - the keynote speaker.
He basically told us that we weren't ready for the industry, and then gave very specific suggestions of how to change that. One of those things was to start a blog, so I decided to clean mine out and use it in a moderately more professional way.
Here we go!