About

Columbuser.com covers news, politics, and life in Columbus, Ohio, and has done so since April 1, 2007. (Yes, we’re talking about a real Columbus tradition.)

Columbuser.com is run and written by Brian O’Connell, who has not been requested to do so, and is not qualified for such an endeavor in any case. Mr. O’Connell has little to no experience as a journalist or in reporting facts and/or news to the general public, unless you count his other blog, which you shouldn’t. Read at your own risk.

Mr. O’Connell is originally from Brooklyn, New York and has also resided in Atlanta, GA; Myrtle Beach, SC; and some hick town in southern New Jersey. He has lived in Columbus since 1999, which will seem longer ago if you refer to it as the previous millennium or century, and it is therefore suggested that you do so.

Email Mr. O’Connell via the address brian at this site’s domain.

If you wish to write for Columbuser.com, drop Mr. O’Connell a line. Perfect candidates are those who reside in Columbus, enjoy writing, are somewhat good at it, and want to write about local news and events. Crappy candidates are those who cannot write in the English language and wouldn’t if they could, or those who have no intention of writing about Columbus, Ohio.

This site currently does not earn a profit, but if it ever did, said profit would be shared with contributors under some vague profit-sharing scheme which, because of its very vagueness, is likely to become the subject of litigation. And yet your voluntarism would still be appreciated, despite your possible future status as a complainant in a civil lawsuit.

Comments about this site may be left here. Comments on a particular post should be left on that post.

9 comments on “About”

  1. Posted by Dave | Apr 5, 2007 9:19 pm

    This looks pretty cool. I look forward to future visits! (thanks for the link)

  2. Posted by Brian | Apr 5, 2007 10:38 pm

    Thanks, Dave. I like your blog too. It’s a not-boring mostly personal site, which isn’t easy to pull off.

  3. Posted by Walker Evans | May 18, 2007 3:00 pm

    I’ve been reading/commenting on your site for awhile and just wanted to pop in and say that I enjoy it. I would like to see more things posted in the “fun” category than in the “politics” category though. Because politics are never fun, eh? ;)

    Anyway, keep up the great work!

  4. Posted by Dave Hickman | Jun 6, 2007 1:44 pm

    This is the first day I realized this blog exists. Columbus has been lacking regarding a purely local site. Thank you for undertaking this project.

    I’m somewhat intrigued by the Blogroll sites you’ve chosen to include. Although I won’t mention it by name, I am glad to see that you excluded a certain controversial left-leaning Central Ohio-based blog from your list.

    Alhough I lean left, I’m glad to see alot of reasonable right leaning blogs included as well.

    I believe it is best to keep blogs open to both sides of the aisle. Hopefully this blog will not participate in the mindless muck attacks that fly around among the overly partisan blogs in the Ohio blogosphere.

    So far, of what little I’ve been able to see, it seems like you’re on a good track and I look forward to checking-out what you write on a regular basis.

    Please don’t let this turn into another blog muck fest for the sole purpose of driving-up your traffic. There is enough of that out there and I’ve just about had enough of all of that poppycock.

    I hope others turn away from that sort of blogging so we can move forward to actually start resolving the issues we face.

  5. Posted by Jerid | Jun 8, 2007 1:40 am

    I think Dave meant to say that he would really appreciate it if you add plunderbund ( http://www.plunderbund.com ) to your blogroll. From what I hear, he’s a big fan of those guys.

    Best.

  6. Posted by Walker Evans | Oct 31, 2007 2:10 pm

    What happened? Did you go on hiatus?

  7. Posted by webber2729 | May 11, 2009 12:17 pm

    fyi, there is a new Upper Arlington web site that launched recently…thought it could be good to add to the UA section of your blog: http://www.ourua.org

  8. Posted by Courtney | Sep 10, 2009 9:00 am

    As a Columbus blogger, I thought you and your followers might be interested in an exciting contest to win a trip for two to Hocking Hills…

    The unique contest sends participants to the Hocking Hills Tourism Association Facebook page to submit their worst gift story. Participants follow these steps to enter the contest:

    · Post your story of the “Worst Gift Ever” on the contest page.

    · All stories posted on Facebook will be kept on page.

    · People will decide to “Like” the stories they think demonstrate the worst gift ever.

    · Hocking Hills will make a final decision on the winner, based largely on the people’s choice.

    The winner of Hocking Hill’s contest will receive two nights in a luxury cabin at Deer Mountain Retreat, The Grouse Nest Traveling Chef will come to the cabin to prepare a gourmet dinner one night, dinner for two at the Millstone one night, tickets for two on the Hocking Hills Canopy Tour Zipline Adventure, tickets for two on the Hocking Hills Nature Trails ATV Adventure, in-cabin couples massage, and a welcome basket in the cabin with goodies and souvenirs.

    To learn more about the Hocking Hills Tourism Association, or to submit your worst gift ever, visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hocking-Hills-Tourism-Association/127672051106.

    We would greatly appreciate it if you could post about this exciting Hocking Hills contest on your blog. Be sure to enter the contest yourself, too!

    Thanks for your time,

    Courtney Cooper

    www.hocking1800.com

  9. Posted by Courtney | Sep 14, 2009 7:08 pm

    As an influential Columbus blogger, I wanted to let you know about an exciting, Emmy-award winning wildlife biologist coming to Columbus to speak at Ohio Dominican University in October.
    Jeff Corwin, host of “The Jeff Corwin Experience” on Animal Planet, will be the featured speaker at ODU’s Presidential Lecture Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009 at the Aladdin Shrine Center – 3850 Stelzer Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219. Jeff will be bringing with him, a host of reptiles and snakes, and will be interacting with members of the audience.

    If you’d like more information, please don’t hestitate to contact me. Ticket information can be found on the ODU site. We would love for you to post about this event, and Jeff Corwin’s visit to Columbus, on your blog.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,


    Courtney Cooper
    Ohio Dominican University

Leave a comment

The Feed

Photos: Fashion Meets Music Festival Day 1

The first ever Fashion Meets Music Festival kicked off on Friday with a diverse musical lineup that ranged from Michelle Williams to The Bummers to....

The Walker Evans Effect

Aug 30, 2014 10:31 pm

Heirloom Cafe Owners Expand Backyard Garden

In a bustling city like Columbus, taking the time to smell the roses is sometimes a difficult thing to do. An easy way to overcome this, is to follow....

The Walker Evans Effect

Aug 30, 2014 12:46 pm

Columbus City Councilmember A. Troy Miller Resigns

Last November, Columbus voters elected to give Councilmember A. Troy Miller another four years in office. Yesterday he decided that he only needed....

The Walker Evans Effect

Aug 30, 2014 12:29 pm

Billing companies: Stop blaming us for MyCare Ohio mess

MyCare Ohio is a new state program striving for better coordination of care to improve the health and quality of life for disabled, low-income....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 30, 2014 7:01 am

New Plan for Barrett Site in Merion Village Adds Single-Family Houses

Homeport’s new plan for the Barrett Middle School site in Merion Village drops the total unit count from 152 to 130, replacing several rows of....

The Walker Evans Effect

Aug 30, 2014 6:40 am

Treat to Try: Coppa Gelato

Wait, something called a “gelateria” opened in Westerville? That’s worth the trek through Polaris traffic, just to say, “We hit the gelateria....

The Walker Evans Effect

Aug 30, 2014 6:40 am

The Return on Investment of Human Resources | Best practices video by the T

The Return on Investment of Human Resources | Best practices video by the Top Employers Institute CEOs often claim that “Our Human....

Columbusite

Aug 30, 2014 6:31 am

World of Beer competitor Brass Tap coming to Polaris, with 4-6 possible

At least one Brass Tap pub is set for Columbus, but it may not be the last. “Columbus is a beautiful market,” Peter Petrosian chief development....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 29, 2014 3:05 pm

Ohio getting ethane cracker plant

A billion-dollar ethane cracker plant for the oil and gas industry is crossing the Ohio River. Now, the facility that was initially planned for West....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 29, 2014 1:51 pm

Big Lots CEO: Suppliers ‘no longer embarrassed’ to be in our stores

The in-store changes at Big Lots Inc. aren’t meant just to appeal to shoppers, but to its vendors as well. The Columbus-based closeout and....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 29, 2014 1:48 pm

Vineyard Vines opening at Easton

Vineyard Vines is bringing its first Ohio store to Easton Town Center. The Stamford, Connecticut-based sportswear retailer is taking 3,000....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 29, 2014 1:43 pm

City of Westerville salaries

Our latest salary database focuses on Westerville, which had a string of business expansions to brag about last year, helping push income tax....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 29, 2014 1:40 pm

Pricing and Floorplans Released for Fireproof Building

Pricing and floor-plans have been released for 56 apartment units in the Fireproof project in the Short North. Monthly rents range from $1,295 for a....

The Walker Evans Effect

Aug 29, 2014 1:14 pm

Viewabill being nicer to lawyers connecting to billing-transparency softwar

Even as they enjoyed success signing up some 150 large corporations as users, the co-founders of Columbus startup No Surprises Software LLC took some....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 29, 2014 11:56 am

Bankers turn on lending spigot, with biggest jump since '07, FDIC finds

Bank lending finally appears to have hit its stride after pulling out of the Great Recession. Aggregate loan balances at the country’s more than....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 29, 2014 11:31 am

New Bus Route takes Center-City Residents to Suburban Jobs

It’s widely known that Silicon Valley is a hotbed of high-paying tech jobs for Millennials on the West Coast, though not a lot of them want to....

The Walker Evans Effect

Aug 29, 2014 11:18 am

Communists purged, Greif says it can reopen plant in Turkey

Greif Inc. can save its factory in Turkey, now that the communists are gone. In June, Greif said it would close a Turkish manufacturing plant after....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 29, 2014 10:57 am

#Stone2Cbus video contest – here are the details

The #Stone2Cbus team is making the pilgrimage to Stone Brewing Co. – and wants to bring some other fans with them. Organizers Tony Tanner and....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 29, 2014 10:06 am

Ohio coal-fired power plant closing ahead of schedule

Duke Energy will shut down the last two coal units at its Beckjord Station in New Richmond on Monday. The company says increasingly stringent....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 29, 2014 8:48 am

Expand Human Resources

Expand Human Resources La gestion des ressources humaines est un domaine que maîtrisent mal de nombreuses petites et moyennes entreprises.....

Columbusite

Aug 29, 2014 7:15 am

Morning Roundup: JPMorgan cyberattack, TBDBITL alumni survey, #Stone2Cbus v

Investigators are unraveling the cyberattack against JPMorgan, OSU Marching Band alumni are being surveyed on the group's culture, the University of....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 29, 2014 6:43 am

Cities need to do more to retain foreign students after graduation – Broo

Just one in three foreign students who attend Central Ohio colleges on an F-1 visa stay in the area to work after graduating, according to a....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 29, 2014 6:08 am

National Roundup: Google unveils Project Wing drone-delivery program

Google has unveiled some details about its drone-delivery program, including a video showing a prototype in action, making a test delivery in....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 29, 2014 6:05 am

Day Companies Buys Burned Gay Street Building, Plans Renovations

The white four-story building at the southeast corner of Gay and High Streets has sat quiet this summer. After a devastating fire broke out in the....

The Walker Evans Effect

Aug 28, 2014 7:54 pm

COTA wants to ease commute for New Albany Business Park workers

The Central Ohio Transit Authority is rolling out new Columbus-to-New Albany express service in an effort to ease commutes for workers traveling to....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 28, 2014 3:51 pm

Ohio State could start moving Cannon Drive in 2016

Hey, remember Ohio State University’s plan to move Cannon Drive? Probably not – that’s why you need nerds like me. Back in 2011 the university....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 28, 2014 1:57 pm

Catch Up With: Custom Chef Gourmet Café

When Chef Bo Carter opened Custom Chef Gourmet Café in June 2011, he was excited to bring something new to the Downtown lunch landscape. Up against....

The Walker Evans Effect

Aug 28, 2014 1:25 pm

5 ways women can advance their careers by borrowing from men’s playbook

Men start with salaries $3,000 to $4,000 higher than women for their first job out of college simply because they ask for more. Over a lifetime that....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 28, 2014 1:02 pm

Mega Summer Weekend 2014 – Vol. 15

Happy Weekend! How are your gardens doing this year? If you’re overflowing with tomatoes, you have until Saturday to Take Your Tomato to Dinner....

The Walker Evans Effect

Aug 28, 2014 1:00 pm

Reality TV show looking for unemployed coal miners

If you’re a former coal miner struggling to find work in a changing energy landscape – and are interested in being exploited on television....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 28, 2014 12:51 pm

City Attorney Pfeiffer Launches Neighborhood Video Series

The best way to get to know your neighborhood is to get out there and explore it in person. Or, as Columbus City Attorney Rick Pfeiffer likes to put....

The Walker Evans Effect

Aug 28, 2014 12:49 pm

OSU Wexner Medical Center posts 10% operating margin in final year pre-expa

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center widened its operating margin and reported boosts in both inpatient and outpatient visits in the final....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 28, 2014 12:33 pm

Abercrombie & Fitch dropping its logo from T-shirts and sweats

If you like shirts and sweats that say Abercrombie or Hollister, best stock up now. Abercrombie & Fitch Co. has been downsizing its selection of....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 28, 2014 12:10 pm

AEP wants to charge $31/month to customers who refuse smart meters

American Electric Power Company Inc. has asked state regulators to approve a $31.80 monthly fee for customers who don’t want a smart meter. The....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 28, 2014 11:33 am

14 Bands Not to Miss at FMMF This Weekend

The first-ever Fashion Meets Music Festival (FMMF) kicks off tomorrow, and features over 100 local, regional and national bands and musicians as well....

The Walker Evans Effect

Aug 28, 2014 10:45 am

OSU’s World of Beer not just about students (although there will be cheap

Yes, the World of Beer coming to Ohio State University will have cheap beer. Mark Pottschmidt and Darren Greene, local franchisees of the....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 28, 2014 10:34 am

Introduction to Project Human Resources Management | PMP

Introduction to Project Human Resources Management | PMP Watch sample class recording:....

Columbusite

Aug 28, 2014 10:15 am

Greif’s pick for new auditor shouldn’t surprise anyone

Greif Inc. has a new auditor – one that’s familiar to its new CFO. Deloitte & Touche LLP is replacing Ernst & Young LLP, Greif (NYSE:GRF)....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 28, 2014 10:05 am

Gateway’s forsaken alley to be reborn as giant beer garden with World of

World of Beer will be more than a new tenant at South Campus Gateway – it will be a chance to make up for past mistakes at the development. Opened....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 28, 2014 9:48 am

Central Ohio Voters

Voters in Franklin County must make sure that they get out there and vote for Democrats. Here is what we face----The Dispatch calls attention to the....

Ohio 15th District

Aug 28, 2014 9:43 am

Owners of Madison’s Building to Appeal Unsafe Designation

The owners of the vacant buildings at 72 North High will appear before the Columbus Building Commission on Sept. 16 to appeal an order by the....

The Walker Evans Effect

Aug 28, 2014 8:38 am

Morning Roundup: Fired TBDBITL director requests formal hearing, Longaberge

Fired OSU Marching Band Director Jon Waters wants a formal hearing to debate his firing but isn't likely to get it, a former Title IX coordinator at....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 28, 2014 6:33 am

First Look: Renderings for Nada coming to the Arena District

Boca Restaurant Group has released renderings of its new Nada restaurant coming to the Arena District this year. The Mexican-inspired restaurant....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 28, 2014 6:17 am

National Roundup: JPMorgan Chase may have been hit by hackers

Earlier this month, JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank suffered a security breach in which Russian hackers stole key data, according to a....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 28, 2014 5:53 am

Education First Credit Union taps state regulator as CEO

Education First Credit Union Inc., which operates three branches in Franklin County, has named Michael Wettrich its new chief executive officer. ....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 27, 2014 4:13 pm

A Ton of Fun and Help at Gateway’s HOOT

This Saturday morning, will you and your kids do something fun, or do something worthwhile? The Gateway Film Center and Columbus Open Shelter hope....

The Walker Evans Effect

Aug 27, 2014 3:23 pm

Hilliard considers incentive for Equity move into old Red Roof Inn HQ, want

Equity Inc. is planing to move into the former Red Roof Inns Inc. headquarters in Hilliard. The commercial real estate brokerage and development....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 27, 2014 3:12 pm

Discovery District's new dining corner: Lomonico’s and Domino’s joi

There should be more food to discover in the Discovery District by the end of the year. Randy Walker, owner of 340-342 Gay St., got the necessary....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 27, 2014 2:48 pm

Stwrap: Marketing pro’s invention to give shoulder straps flair

Would-be inventors, here’s a lesson in dusting off that idea. About a dozen years ago, Tom Augustine was dropping his kids off at school when he....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 27, 2014 1:53 pm

Hannah Neil Center buyer to reopen building as senior center, build afforda

The senior housing developer that bought the Hannah Neil Center for Children plans to reopen it as a senior center and eventually add affordable....

Business First of Columbus

Aug 27, 2014 1:07 pm