Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.
You should be able to tell by now just how proud I am of our community. That may come from the fact that I’ve already said it multiple times in previous posts, or from what you see posted on my Facebook page – or even from meeting with me. There are so many wonderful people in our area, with their own unique stories, and I love hearing from them and about them.
Being the person that I am, I’m always trying to find ways to give back to the community. Some of the ways I’ve been able to do this have been by running competitions, sponsoring events, sharing history of the area and much more. But one of the things that stands out to me the most are the video posts that I do on the Facebook page with local businesses.
I am able to sit down with people and not only get to know their businesses, or their products, I am also able to get to know the people behind it. This has the knock-on effect of allowing you to do the same, just by watching the videos. I’m more than happy to promote a local business, because keeping it local is what adds to the community. The current shopping experience has been slightly lessened by the fact that everything is quite literally at your fingertips in this day and age – which can be fantastic, especially if you have a situation where you are unable to just simple pop down to the shops for an hour to do your weekly stock up.
What it doesn’t allow you is interaction with actual people. There’s something to be said for being able to walk into a shop and have them know your order, or know your tastes, or even ask you ‘how that thing went that you and I were discussing last week and oh, by the way, I saw your video, it was great!’.
Community isn’t just a bunch of shops or houses or schools – it’s the people in those places. It’s the friendly banter when you run into someone you haven’t recently seen, it’s in hearing your name called out while you’re just ducking out to grab a coffee.
In order to further our community, I will be continuing my online videos with local businesses, showcasing offers, and products – call it your online introduction to people that you will be seeing on a quite regular basis. If you are interested in having your own online introduction to the local area, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me – the more, the merrier!
The adage runs true – One hand helps the other. In this case, you help me feel giddy by fulfilling my sense of giving back to the community, and I help you by bringing you to the attention of more potential customers – and friends.
Let’s see If we can’t all help each other out – and have some fun in the process.
Until next time,