This post also has absolutely nothing to do with real estate….or San Carlos. But it is the 500th article on the White Oaks Blog. My hands hurt just thinking about that number. When I started this site in the fall of 2007, I couldn’t fathom finding the material (or the initiative) to write 5 articles, let alone 500. But the odometer that keeps track of site data has been slowly clicking away, and after 500 posts, 1,349 comments, and probably about 300,000 words (I’m just guessing on this last one, but I’m probably not too far off ), here we are. That’s a lot of ….whatever you want to call it.
What does this mean? I don’t know… I guess if you stick to something long enough…well, you get stuck to it. It also means that if I get an early onset of arthritis, I’ll know exactly why.
A Long, Interesting Journey.
Far more interesting than the numbers, is the path this site has taken over the past two or so years. What started out as a place to post real estate data slowly evolved into a community bulletin board of sorts — it didn’t take long to figure out that while people in San Carlos are certainly interested in real estate, they’re absolutely passionate about the issues that pertain to their neighborhoods, their schools, and their city. This is a good thing! And with all that has been happening in San Carlos over the past 3 years, both good and bad, there has been no shortage of things to write about.
This site has opened doors and has taken me places I would never have imagined going, like landing this impromptu 30-second gig on KCBS radio. That was definitely a trip!
But the biggest surprise to me about this site, and the aspect I treasure most, is the personal connections that it has created for me. I have made friends with many great people through the site that I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise — residents, City Council members, police officers, fellow bloggers…all different people, but all who share a common desire to make San Carlos a great place to live.
It has been an interesting journey, that’s for sure.
The bottom line is that this site would have never survived this long had it not been for the following and support of the readers. You’ve graciously tolerated three different background changes to the site (now I know why people got so angry with Facebook!), countless technical glitches, and hopefully a steady improvement in the quality of the writing.
The path this site has taken is a direct result of your feedback, through comments and emails. Blogging is probably akin doing a radio show — you’re really pushing words into the abyss without having any idea if anyone is reading, or what they’re thinking about it. So I’m truly thankful for those of you who have taken the time to read the site and comment on what’s written. That feedback shapes the direction of the site more than anything else.
There are lots of important topics to cover in the weeks and months ahead. The budget crisis will continue to provide tons of food for discussion. And I have great ideas for the new “Spotlight on San Carlos” interview series that should make it really fun (and save my fingers from all of that typing.) I’ve even worked a deal with the Museum of San Carlos History, where they’ll allow me to post some historical photos of San Carlos in a weekly series. Stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.
Will there be a 1,000th post on the White Oaks Blog? I don’t know. There’s a part of me that believes blogs will become the dinosaurs of social media in the not-too-distant future, only to be replaced by “the next big thing”, whatever that may be.
But until that day comes, I’ll just keep keep typing away…
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