As we creep up on the ninth (!) anniversary of this little town square on the Web, I’d like to repeat my oft-repeated invitation to the whole neighborhood to participate. I’ve struggled over the years to come up with quite the metaphor for what we’re trying to build here (backyard fence over which news and opinion is passed, coffeehouse without the coffee), but the goal is consistent: provide a forum for conversation within the neighborhood to build the bonds of community.
And there are lots of ways to do that: you can, of course, join in the comment threads or jump over to the Forums, but you’re also invited to author an article, once or on an ongoing basis. If something catches your eye, you feel there’s a topic that’s been overlooked in our attentions, why don’t you write it up? You can choose one of the hot and fiery issues of the day, such as neighborhood zoning laws and off-leash dogs, or something more sedate, like interesting lawn art or neighborhood personalities, as long as it’s about this little community we all share.
We have over a dozen people who contribute to Wallyhood, some on a regular basis, some once or twice only, and you can get involved in whatever way makes you comfortable. We even welcome you to join our smaller cadre of rotating weekly editors (which is less of a responsibility than it sounds, I promise). Pay consists of the gratitude from your community, a sense of purpose, and a beautiful ceramic mug (now on order). Profits after expenses from advertising are donated to FamilyWorks, Wallingford’s own food bank and family resource center.