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Here's an advance copy of my Sunday column for blog readers:


Calling all amateur photographers, you now have a place to display your best work.


On Page A2 daily and 24/7 at, we have created “Seen on the Scene” devoted to your images of life in the Crossroads region. We’re sure this new feature will prove to be immensely popular. Almost everyone, after all, loves pictures and wants to share them.


The best way to share your photos immediately is by uploading them directly to our Web site. For the technophobes out there, it’s a simpler process than you think. Data Desk editor Karla Woodward is happy to walk you through the process. Call her at 361-580-6303 with questions. We also will accept your photos by mail. Send them to Scene on the Seen, Victoria Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77902.


In short order, we expect we’ll have a backlog of photos waiting to be published. We’ll print them in the order received so please keep watching daily for them to appear. Of course, you won’t have to wait online, where the images will appear as soon as you post them.


This is all part of the community conversation we’re continuing to promote in print and online. Our daily A3 community calendar is another piece of this. Again, you hold the power to make this calendar the most comprehensive listing of events in the Crossroads region. After registering online, you can enter your organization’s events directly into the calendar.


As with the photos, we also will publish the listings in the newspaper. The advantage to online is that the listings will go out as far as you want. Our printed calendar focuses on what’s happening today and this week, but our online calendar has no space limitations. Online you may post events that are one month, six months or a year or more away. We expect this feature will become useful to event organizers who want to avoid conflicts with other community happenings.


Again, call Karla if you need help walking through the online process.


A third way to join the community conversation is by writing a guest column on our Viewpoints page. We’re pleased to report an increase in the number of readers wanting to share their views. We want to make it easier than ever for you to do that, whether that’s by posting your article under the community section of our Web site, by e-mailing it to, by mailing it, or by dropping it off in person.


Yes, we still want to talk with our readers. The technological advancements are about enhancing, not limiting, our conversations with you. This has been an exciting week because of how many of you have responded to the changes on our Web site by posting blogs and commenting on articles.


Our goal is to keep developing new ways to engage you in the news and in your community. With your help, we know we will improve your Advocate.