The Power of the Blog
Blogging is a genuine compulsion for Mark Maynard. The Ypsi resident and voice of MarkMaynard.com bluntly notes that he has obsessive compulsive disorder, and his blog is an outlet for it. "OCD's not all bad," he says. "I just feel like I need to keep working. There's just some things that need to be dealt with, you know?" And dealing with them often keeps him up until midnight, sometimes turning out two lengthy posts in a single night. "I'll see something or I'll hear something on the radio, and I'll be thinking about it all day," Maynard says. "I get home, I put my kids to bed, and then I write."
That writing often focuses on Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and state politics, and Maynard's investigative spirit and outspoken tone have made him a news-breaker on multiple occasions. Most recently, his angry report about a "Pure Michigan" ad touting the state's new right-to-work law beat the Detroit Free Press, the Huffington Post, and other news outlets to the punch.
Maynard enjoys his scoops, but says his focus is on laying a foundation for the community to solve problems. "I think I can provide a forum where people can actually have substantive discussions instead of just 'Go home, commie!' or whatever," he says. "On AnnArbor.com a bunch of people will start screaming at each other in the comments section, and nothing will get accomplished."