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.

Hoboken411 7 year anniversaryI’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.

Hoboken411 7th Anniversary in Hoboken NJ

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.

  1. 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.)
  2. Whether I help one person or 50,000 – it makes me happy. The new low-carb living section has already helped over 100 250 Mile Square residents lose weight (2013 – that’s just who’ve emailed me thank you letters).
  3. 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!)
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.)
  6. It’s refreshing to be an independent thinker. I sleep very well at night – and keep my circles tight. (True even more in 2013.)
  7. 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!)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!

Leave a Reply

15 Comments on "Hoboken411: Seven Year Anniversary"

sdora10
Member
sdora10

Congrats Perry! Keep up the good work! Love Hoboken 411! Keep those politicans on their toes! Hoboken Resident 10+ years and reader from the get go!

MidnightRacer
Member

Two things make Hoboken more interesting; 1) its known reputation, 2) its unknown reputation, your website being the contributor to the latter.

Congratulations on 7 years!

I can’t believe you held it together that long. I remember all the technical issues as well as all the member issues, man it was a battle back then. On one hand, you had to babysit the tech, and on the other hand you had to babysit the ungrown-ups. How did you do it all?

Proud for you. Can’t wait for the 10 year mark. I spent 12 years in town and eventual moved, but I still check your site to see what’s going on in town before I visit for the weekends. Valuable resource, and always relevant. Wishing you the best!

joey maxim
Member
joey maxim

congrats Perry..funny chit..Love the comment Hoboken has culture..70 bistros restuarents
revelers from out of town crappin and urinating on peoples property,and below sea level
Its raining now.chit..Its not the good people that graced the down with hopes of making a
life here or the transits more than the out of towners that love to use Hoboken as dodge city after a cattle drive in the long branch.saloon. matt Dillon where the f r you? tee hee.
yeah Hoboken has culture.. ❓ [quote comment=”220331″]Two things make Hoboken more interesting; 1) its known reputation, 2) its unknown reputation, your website being the contributor to the latter.Congratulations on 7 years!I can’t believe you held it together that long. I remember all the technical issues as well as all the member issues, man it was a battle back then. On one hand, you had to babysit the tech, and on the other hand you had to babysit the ungrown-ups. How did you do it all?Proud for you. Can’t wait for the 10 year mark. I spent 12 years in town and eventual moved, but I still check your site to see what’s going on in town before I visit for the weekends. Valuable resource, and always relevant. Wishing you the best![/quote]

YipYap
Member

News-flash a bird crapped on a car on Hudson St….

Boy did you make me eat my words from 2006.

H411 if anything you have made a living blogging about Hoboken where nobody thought (except you) that it was even possible for our little corner of the world.

Sadly I won’t be her much longer, but when I have a story about Frank Sinatra’s town I will be sure to contact you first.

Cheers and enjoy you success!

Hoboken89
Member
Hoboken89

Happy Anniversary and Congratulations! I appreciate you keeping us up to date on all things Hoboken, from entertainment to politics. Thanks for keeping our elected officials honest, er…. I mean at least in the public eye.

Evelyn
Member
Evelyn

Happy anniversary. Part of my daily reading circuit too. My friends and I now take bets on the next water main break, like an office pool.

wpDiscuz