Wow! Facebook Post Got A Lot of Notice/Welcome New Readers!

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goodneighborstories.com logoToday has been an interesting day. I posted about the whole Facebook “change your profile picture for child abuse awareness” issue last night. In the morning I found about 25 people had viewed the post after finding it through a search engine. And then more views started racking up. And then the comments started coming in. At one point one of the commenters said “congratulations on getting pressed.” I have to admit, I didn’t know what the term “pressed” meant right away. And then it dawned on me that the post had been featured by WordPress on their home page. A quick check, and yes, there it was, front and center.

The post has had more than 3,500 views since last night, and more than 100 comments (I think I accidentally deleted a good one I wanted to reply to; so sorry whoever you are). Plus a lot of “likes” from all over North America and four other continents. Plus some new subscriptions.

If you’re new to this blog, welcome! So glad you found me, and hope you come back often. To everyone who reads this blog, thank you! I very much appreciate your readership, comments, and supportive words. I hope all of you will also check out the goodneighborstories.com website on a regular basis.

Tomorrow I’m starting a three-part series on “30 Ways to Be a Good Neighbor This Holiday Season”.  Hope you’ll join me.

Won’t You be My Neighbor?

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Fred RogersOK, I’ll admit it. I love Mister Rogers. I grew up watching the smiling man in the cardigan and sneakers who spoke in that slow, patient voice. I loved the Neighborhood of Make Believe, as well as Mister Rogers’ own TV neighborhood, which included field trips to crayon factories, fire stations and other places that hold a fascination for children. I really liked that when he left his house, you would see the cardboard cut-out neighborhood, which would suddenly include said factories or stations, as if any and all places Fred Rogers visited were a part of  his neighborhood, regardless of geographic realities. To Fred, everyone in the world was his neighbor, and how we treated each other became important.

Maybe that love for the man who wanted to be neighbor to all is what ultimately inspired me to want to write about people being good neighbors. That inspiration led me to create this blog, which is about just what the names says: stories about people being good neighbors, whether around the block or around the world.

Good Neighbor Stories will feature stories, links, and ideas about how to be a good neighbor wherever you are. It will also feature reviews of books, TV programs, websites, movies and other media relevant to helping others. Even more importantly, this blog is a chance for you to interact with us. What are your stories about good neighbors? Please share with us in the comment section.

Welcome to the Neighborhood! I’m glad we’re neighbors.