Three years ago, I was doing some leadership training for Fedex in Lakeland FL. I was just starting to write my blog, and I was really having fun chronicling all of the cities I was visiting with work. I wrote a little blog about Lakeland, and, to my surprise, it became my most-read blog for over a year and a half. It seems that the people of Lakeland are fond of their little town, and I hit a community nerve.
You can read the blog “I’m Not Leaving Lakeland… Please Send Money” here.
I left Lakeland the day of the big Christmas parade, and it seems that last night was this year’s parade date. I received a comment on my dusty old blog from a woman in Lakeland who works for the Chamber of Commerce or the City of Lakeland. At any rate she handles social media for some organization in town. She was responsible for the circulation of my blog initially.
So it seems I’m embroiled in a local political battle about lawn chairs. That’s just the type of controversy I love. It has meaning beyond the obvious, but it’s relatively simple to air the issues.
I received a message this morning that my stats were booming. I had forgotten about the Lakeland comment, and I was wondering what had struck a nerve this week. Several comments from Lakeland residents clued me in. The little burg was once again reveling in their community’s charm in the arms of Midlife Moments. So far this morning, over 1,000 people in Lakeland have viewed my blog with an additional 400 yesterday.
I think I’m sort of a local celebrity by this point. Maybe next year they’ll invite me to ride in the Christmas parade. I can’t wait to see what the stats do the rest of the day, but I think the Lakeland blog is once again going to surge past my blog on Southeastern Football for most reads. In blog-land, that’s kind of a big day! Most of all, it’s bringing back some great memories of a beautiful little piece of Americana.
Have a great weekend, y’all! I’m headed out to do maintenance on a trail with my new tribe. 🙂
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