Hi Folks! I’ve got some bad news (or good, depending on how you get along with my writing): I’ve decided to put Wallyhood on potentially permanent hiatus.
The recent dust-up, where Steve Questad (aka E30 Memorial) wrote to all of our sponsors asking them to cancel their support because of Wallyhood’s “racist bigotry” (original in all caps), wasn’t alone what did it, but it did give me the nudge to revisit why I’ve been writing Wallyhood.
I started Wallyhood in January 2009, shortly after my son was born, because I’d lived in this neighborhood for fifteen years, and realized I didn’t know much about my neighborhood beyond those who lived one door away. I’d always enjoyed writing (I had been writing a well-respected beekeeping blog for a decade or so prior) and thought this would be a great way to learn about the neighborhood, build community and practice a skill I enjoyed.
And I did enjoy it for many years. It was fun crafting clever turns of a phrase, editing and re-editing rhetorical pieces, and lending the spotlight to interesting neighbors and worthy causes. (Did I mention that readers of this blog came together to donate over $12,000 to local food bank and family resource center Familyworks?!) Most surprising and rewarding was the building of relationship between neighbors. Every time someone said to me “I feel more a part of my neighborhood because of Wallyhood”, it was like getting a warm hug from a sunny day.
But more and more, I’ve left the writing to others (thank you, Eric, most recently for stepping up and continuing the momentum), as I’ve been trying to channel my creative energies towards new projects. Instead of looking forward to the opportunity to craft a new epistle or drop a well-chosen bon mot, I’ve struggled to find the energy, and sometimes grown resentful of the responsibilities.
So, while persistently angry and impossible to satisfy readers like Steve suck some of the joy out of the endeavor, I’m a big boy and can shake off the trolls better than most. That’s not the main reason I’m shuttering the enterprise. I need to enjoy it, and I’m not.
So, as of today, regular articles will cease to appear here and I’ll be returning all unused sponsorship dollars. I am, however, reserving the right to pen the occasional post when the muse visits*. If you’d like to get notified by email when that happens, please join the Wallyhood mailing list:
I recently joined the board of FamilyWorks, and I was looking forward to using Wallyhood to further that great organization’s mission, so I’ll probably rev up the engine occasionally for that. As other Wallingford stories, large and small, inspire me, I’m sure I won’t be able to resist writing again, so please do sign up above, it’s always just one click to unsubscribe.
Thank you Wallingford, for reading, supporting, laughing, and participating. If you’re looking for other online Wallingford groups, you may want to check out the Wallingford/Fremont Community page on Facebook (and its awesome sisters, Buy Nothing Wallingford Central/East and Buy Nothing Wallingford Fremont/West Wallingford, dedicated to giving stuff away free to neighbors).
Thanks again for all the love!
(Photo of sunset at Gas Works by Eric Hannon.)
* Anyone know if there’s a muse of blogging? There oughta be.