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Archive for April, 2013

they came, they saw, they left

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Dark windows kept the
crowds at bay. Though they knocked for
service, no one came.

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a land without sidewalks

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Even the full moon
could not light the way along
dark streets and odd homes.

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step 3: profit!

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

The plan was to do
this, but quickly turned into
that. Was that the plan?

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bart on the loose

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Colorful boxer
bounds over sidewalks and steps
to art lovers’ grins.

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security in insecurity

Friday, April 26th, 2013

A bundle of nerves
kept him both isolated
and in constant touch.

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the buzzer is broken

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Weary shopper takes
a seat on the metal bench.
Clerk isn’t in sight.

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Wade’s 4,000th on Birmingham

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Birmingham Barons, Regions Field

Jeff Martin/Birmingham Barons

Birmingham Barons play in their new downtown
stadium, Regions Field, which opened 2 weeks ago.

Blogging has been very, very good to me.

Today’s 4,000th post marks another step on this 8-year journey called Wade on Birmingham.

By the numbers …

  • It took 561 days to reach 1,000 posts.
  • Another 722 days to reach 2,000 posts.
  • Another 594 days to reach 3,000 posts.
  • And then another 880(!) days to reach this 4,000th post.

Since post No. 3,000, I’ve won a few blogging awards, started a nonprofit organization and founded a blogging and social media conference. I was featured in a local weekly newspaper this month and appeared on TV news last night. It’s been a busy 880 days.

A quick rundown of the state of the blogs …

Wade on Birmingham — Daily haiku? Check. Political coverage? Occasionally. Everything else? Sporadically. But I do have some great alternate outposts for Birmingham coverage: Pinterest, Google+ and my Twitter account @WadeOnTweets.

This Facebook list covers local news, while this other Facebook list focuses on nearly 550 local restaurants; you can also subscribe to my Facebook profile. My Twitter lists cover Birmingham restaurants, nonprofit organizations and real estate professionals.

But I digress.

Wade Kwon.com — I wrote in 2010: “A terrific repository for my thousands of tweets. And not much else. Easily the most neglected of my blogs.” Still going strong!

Media of Birmingham — I have closed the organization, but still maintain the blog. Look for a new story on the Alabama Media Group (better known as the Birmingham News and al.com) next week.

Birmingham Blogging Academy — Weekly posts on communication, including blogging, plus a robust free weekly newsletter.

And several new sites to visit …

Alabama Social Media Association — My professional nonprofit group founded in 2011. We held a social happy hour Tuesday night, with plenty more to come in 2013. Sign up for the free mailing list on the site to stay in the loop.

Project Bulk — My crazy weight gain blog, as I’ve worked on building muscles through diet and short workouts for the past 8 months. Fun, with plenty of topless photos of me.

Y’all Connect — I’m holding a blogging and social media conference on July 23 at the BJCC East Meeting Rooms. Great speakers, great fun. Be sure to get your tickets today.

While blogging has been good to me, you the readers have been kind and generous and supportive all these years. Thank you!

Wade Kwon is a Birmingham native and publisher of Wade on Birmingham.

a sisyphus for the rest of us

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Eventually,
the boulder wore down into
a pebble, then speck.

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plot dealers

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

They glance around once,
twice, before revealing the
merchandise: free books.

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post-post-postmodern

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Art is everywhere.
We are art, everything is
art. Is this art? No.

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goodnight, beantown

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Rest, you weary sons
of liberty. Know that your
neighbors will keep watch.

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negative vibes

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Senses register
troubled spirits. Air thick with
hope and frustration.

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the modest goddess

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Naked, unguarded,
she possesses my soul with
her gentle glances.

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like a nuclear bomb

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Flames pierce stillness of
night, followed by explosion
flattening Texas.

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the unheralded organizers

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Their free time is spent
hunting chairs, making flyers
and scrounging for pens.

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