Hoboken411: Seven Year Anniversary
One more notch: Hoboken411 turns seven today
And they said it wasn’t possible. Today marks the 7th Anniversary (or birthday) of Hoboken411.com.
I’ll repeat it again… I’m not a huge fan of anniversaries, or cyclical celebrations created by others – however it’s necessary and therapeutic for me to get this out of my system (once per year) for the sake of acknowledgment.
And next year we’ll eclipse the 3,000 day mark of running this online entity! Even though I’m proud to be running purely on original inspiration, ideas and individuality – I wouldn’t be the only one to be amazed that within a sea of distractions and ever-invasive technology, that something like this has staying-power in our constantly evolving world. And that “Seven Year Itch” won’t even come close to affecting me.
However, one day I’ll share with you the myriad of Hoboken publications both online and off that suffered from the “six month itch” and quickly faded away. Which is why – if you’re a local business, you should not only recognize longevity – but also future viability. Before some pushy sales-person promises “great exposure,” with anything – give Hoboken411 a shout. I’ll get you up to speed with what is actually happening, and what you’re paying for.
Below is a perfect photo I shot a couple weeks ago. I believe some kids drew a Happy Birthday chalk greeting for their mom or dad on Park Ave. Thought it was cute, and would make a perfect Hoboken411 Photo of the Day (and anniversary of the year) entry.
Top 10 lessons Hoboken411 has taught you
I’m recycling much of what I wrote last year – because it’s essentially true to the bone, however, I’ve edited, removed, replaced a thing or two.
- You can do what you like – and succeed. Passion lets you focus on what you do best. Being outside the confines of a hierarchical office building helps, too. (2013 – the best tip I can ever offer anyone? Friend, foe or family? Be your fucking self.)
- Whether I help one person or 50,000 – it makes me happy. The new low-carb living section has already helped over
100250 Mile Square residents lose weight (2013 – that’s just who’ve emailed me thank you letters).
- Do what you feel best about doing and never worry about what others think. Be your own critic and your own boss. (2013 – This is MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER!)
- How to self-motivate. You try doing this day in and day out, you bump into hurdles that have to be overcome. (2013 – Some hurdles are harder than others, and some hurdles need to be overcome alone with zero interaction with others. However, you learn to adapt.)
- The difference between “social networking” and your own brand. Sort of like the difference between going to a restaurant like Chili’s – or to a unique restaurant with character and mystique. Would you want a Walmart in Hoboken? (2013 note – Social networking is an untamed beast. Not a friendly one. Prepare to find alternate outlets. People are getting burnt. It’s not science, it’s human nature that it will not be sustainable.)
- It’s refreshing to be an independent thinker. I sleep very well at night – and keep my circles tight. (True even more in 2013.)
- I hate no one. Holding elected officials and publicly funded employees accountable is what the voting public should do, and part of what makes (made) our country great. (2013 update – However, merely because of my uninfluenced viewpoint, certain individuals in Hoboken have crept closer to criminal actions towards me. I have a list of names if anyone is interested. You might be on it!)
- Technology. If I can offer one piece of advice – do your research about it. Instead of being a pawn in the arena – read as much as you can about it. I don’t mean devices, but the progression and how it will (and is) affecting everyone in this country at least.
- The older you get – the more you value things that are totally not valued by many “average” people not only in Hoboken, but practically everywhere else.
- True still in 2013: Some people have very detailed opinions about you, but have never met you in person. How is that even possible? I actually feel bad for a few of the psychotic haters, but at the same time, I probably wouldn’t want to know them anyway. Win!
Have a nice day, everyone!