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I started this blog, Be A Great Place, to encourage you to have a blog. Fill it with stories about places, especially where you live and where you’ve travelled.
Great stories make great places.
For example, let’s think about the great mountains of the world. Something about mountains makes people want to interact with them.
Because most of us have never seen any of the most famous mountains, the bare facts – how high, how cold, how much snow fall there, and so on – these facts don’t mean too much to us on their own. Instead, we remember stories of the people who live there, the ones who’ve died on the way up or down, the ones who made it – all of these stories are part of the magic.
A less obvious example is the place where you are right now. Is it nothing special or the best place on earth?
Is the church where you or your daughter got married meaningful? How about where your parents used to live, or the spot where that tree fell down in the big storm, or the old school, the new factory – every place has stories.
Not every story has to be romantic or dramatic. It’s fine to blog about pure facts. If a local restaurant serves delicious homemade pie, other people will want to know it. They also need to know where the diner is and when it’s serving pie. Your actual story can be one line: This place has the best cherry pie I’ve ever tasted. You add the facts to complete the blog post.
I love coaching people to blog about places. Blogs are still a fairly new and accessible way to tell stories. You can write, or use photos, videos, voice recordings, music, drawings, whatever you want. Blogging is very flexible that way.
It’s fun to blog.
Here’s my rant. I’m tired of every main street having the same shops and everyone buying the same merchandise from the same stores. I am tired of seeing tourists ignore the out-of-the-way not-so-famous places. We are getting so used to one story, one fashion, one look, one route – well, we need more stories to change that.
There are stories everywhere. Your stories are as important and meaningful as anyone else’s.
This is my shameless pitch: Let’s get going on your blog. I hope you feel that places are important, because that’s my starting point.
Finally, there are sign-up forms all over the page to encourage you. Please take the plunge and do some blogging, or blog more about your own places if you already have a blog. You have nothing to lose.