Romenesko quickly found himself living a lonely-guy existence. "I was basically stuck in my apartment," he says. “I would find myself at 3 or 4 in the afternoon, still in my bathrobe." This way of life grew from his hunch about the future of social interaction. "The first time I really sampled the internet, in 1989," he says, "I knew this would be a culture-changing force, and I wanted to be part of it."
I first met Jim Romenesko when we were both on some sort of a discussion panel at the University of Minnesota back when he was a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and I was online editor at the Enemy Newspaper. He was wearing clothes back then, but of course it was Minnesota so we all wore extra.