Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's Time to Declare Victory

Celebration in Detroit
My beloved readers, it's time for me to declare victory.

I started the Warrendale (Detroit) Blog back in December of 2005 because I was disappointed in the mainstream media. In particular, I was disturbed by the fact that most media outlets in Detroit paid little to no attention to the Warrendale neighborhood.

Back then, it wasn't uncommon for us to go an entire year without any of the major outlets in Detroit running a single story about events in Warrendale - even though there was much going on. Since then, I'm proud to report that much has changed.

The local news media regularly reports on events in Warrendale. More importantly, we've reached the point that those reporters seem to have a general understanding of what is going on in the neighborhood.

Things have even reached the point where I hear about certain news items in the neighborhood first by reading the Detroit Free Press or Detroit News. For them to go from not even covering the neighborhood to being ahead of the curve is tremendous transformation.

Plus, there are even some of the national news media outlets who have become aware of what's going on in the Warrendale neighborhood. CNN, CNN Radio, and National Public Radio have all done stories about our neighborhood.

I feel I can claim at least a certain amount of credit for this transformation. I've talked to several reporters and editors about the Warrendale neighborhood over the years. Many, in fact, subscribe to this blog - either via email, Facebook, or an RSS feed. (Yeah, I'm still disappointed that Google Plus hasn't caught on - but that's another story altogether.)

With my primary mission here accomplished, the question to ask is: what's next?

Quite frankly, I'm not certain. All that I know for sure is that I'm not going to quit. I'm having too much fun to give this up entirely.

I publish a lot of stories on this blog about the City of Detroit's budget - probably more than anyone else in town. I could transform my blogging focus and zero in on all things budget related.

I could tighten the focus on this blog around redevelopment efforts in the neighborhood. I'm not entirely certain how that would work, but I'm sure I could think of something.

Anyway, I'm going to take a couple of days off to think about all of this. In the meantime, please feel free to share your thoughts about what you think I should do next with this blog. You are welcome to leave a comment below or reach out to me via email. (My email is on the contact page above.)
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