We live in a world
that has narrowed into a neighborhood
before it broadened into a brotherhood.
– Lyndon B. Johnson
“You have created an excellent meeting space, both informative and engaging.” – Let’s Cut the Crap
Before the Neighbors Arrived:
4 Moments that Define The Neighborhood
I remember moving from the blogger platform to WordPress and feeling really nervous, like I was moving across country in real life. An old friend, fortunately, allowed me to leave without cleaning up, for she made sure that anyone who arrived after January 1, 2013 was sent to my news digs, thepublicblogger.com. To my knowledge, no one from the blogger medium ran after me, begging me to wait up or stay, so I had zero followers, although I arrived with four months worth of posts in tow. By selecting an appropriate theme, and familiarizing myself with WordPress landscaping, there was nothing left to do but build.
My First Post: Pole Worker at Night – a music review. Pole Worker at Night by Killa K.I.D. and TheAlien321 would go on to receive a nomination for the 2013 Song of the Year, but more importantly, the song was a random selection, and a pretty straight forward review, but it was a part of the PShaw Productions catalogue, and it was their music that gave imagination to adding sound to everything. The seemingly stable working relationship between PShaw Productions and The Neighborhood would eventually implode, but by then, the city of Philadelphia and The Neighborhood would be intertwined.
First Follower: valeriu dg barbu blog His community is not only still alive, but thriving. I stayed for a minute, read a nice post, each one is in 3 languages English Italian and Romanian My initial plan was to make a really big deal about him being my first follower, and was going to inquire as to rather he remained a neighbor, but in the end, the thought of him still watching over me, is better than the discovery, that not only does he not know me, but must have followed me by mistake.
Post that Changed Everything: A Lonely World Not only does A Lonely World remain the neighborhood’s most popular show, it is only one of two editorials I have written on a popular topic while it was still current (the other being Beyonce’s Legacy). But more importantly, it offered confirmation that I was no longer just a fictional writer, but had evolved, and would eventually master the craft of writing itself. A Lonely World became so popular, that several parents, teachers and even the school districts superintendent in Columbus, Texas, who was at the center of the storm, contacted me directly to offer their side of the story. But it was the path taken, comparing two very different occurrences (if you look only on the surface) that would begin in earnest to drive my stock upward and soon after the release of A Lonely World, the neighbors began to come. I had used songs to help amplify posts before, but the collision of Lonely World (2013 Winner Song of the Year) by P Shaw Productions with A Lonely World the editorial, then completing the background with a collection of pictures of children from around the globe, was the exact moment the tagline materialized.
At thepublicblogger.com, blogging is a performance art and every post is a show.
You have me spellbound. Have not come across a blog like yours. Not blogger centered but . ‘out there’ (aptly called public blogger) engaging passers by with riveting performances. Awesome. Congrats. – Rambling Rose