Raleigh&Co

every once in a while, an idea batted around in a smoke-filled room or sun-soaked basketball court,

a big idea,

the kind that we’re sometimes scared to even allow ourselves to have, because it so often does not come to fruition

or

it turns out it – this big idea – was too ambitious.  good cause, good foundation, but too much to hope for

actually happens.

* * *

i have been lucky enough to be a part of the beginning of one of these ideas, to then float away for nearly a year while (kind of) finishing a master’s degree and raising a newborn baby girl, and also be able to take part in the fulfillment of said idea.

what?  oh, i’m being wildly vague, yes?

Raleigh&Co was and is the idea, talked over (more or less, though we didn’t have a name or certain format or much of anything) by jordan rogers and myself while shooting baskets at brooks elementary school near north hills (in raleigh, for those of you who are still reading this post and don’t live in north carolina).*

after that point, i had practically nothing to do with the formation, creation, and unveiling of the site.  jordan worked on this for months, pouring copious amounts of hours and coffee and himself into the project.

i’m writing this post because i am a contributing writer, and my material there will be more ‘standard’ than what i post here.  i want to promote the site, because i believe in it, and i want to offer it to my blog followers, because i believe the site is the kind of thing that matters.

i believe in finding voices alike and excitingly dissimilar and giving them the freedom to be themselves.

i am also honored to play any part in this process – i am one of the least experienced (professionally, in any case) writers/contributors to the site.

* * *

i also wanna give jordan the credit he deserves, in a public place that doesn’t threaten brown-nosing, since i posted it here instead of on Raleigh&Co – the man worked hard.  he’s still working hard.  he made something that this region (is it silly to say ‘region’ while discussing something on the internet?) doesn’t have.  it’s almost impossible to make something that didn’t before exist, and i think he did.

i enjoy writing for jordan because he’s supportive and doesn’t bullshit.  if he likes an idea, he says so, and he helps make it better.  he does what he says he’ll do, which is all i can ask from an editor.

so, there ya goes – i hope you, the reader(s?), will support Raleigh&Co.  i hope you bookmark it, give it a gazillion hits, comment on the articles, and mostly,

i hope you love it.

i hope you love that a community of story-tellers still gathers together to share ideas.  i hope you love the ambition of bringing together voices who say things that matter to their own hearts (the speakers – the authors), not just what assignments they’ve been given to write.

i’ll stop and get back to writing whimsical poetry here and wicked clever essays over there (‘there’ being the site i’ve been talking about the last three minutes, for those of you who scrolled all the way down here).

hugs and fist bumps,

joel/abirdonawire

 

*for the record, i don’t know how many other people jordan batted the early form of this idea around with.  i also didn’t ask him, because i didn’t want him to know i was writing this piece until it was already posted. i don’t wanna take credit for being a co-founder or anything like that; alls i’m saying is it was a big idea we talked about, a big idea i wasn’t sure i could hope in, and it happened, and i’m thrilled about it.

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