I Bid Adieu #SocialJ7330


The time has come to say goodbye…to #socialj7330.  

But first….



I’ve decided to spend a couple of extra minutes and tell you some of my key takeaways from this class.  Of course, I’m going to do them in my own way.  How else would you have me be?


I Learned:

1.  …that there is never enough time in life to accomplish all the things that I want to accomplish in the manner in which I want to accomplish them.  Sometimes, somethings got to give.



2.  …that making a blog look exactly the way you want it to look is harder than you think.  Posting something online adds over 30 minutes to the writing and layout process.  Font sizes change without telling you, picture sizes grow once the post has been published, and you always find a typo once you hit PUBLISH.

oh crap


3.  …that some days I am a much better writer than other days.  My brain starts writing the post before I am able to get it on the page.  However, it’s similar to drawing…it never looks the same as it did in my head.  It’s hard for a picky person to get used to.


4.  …that other people’s friends are more willing to like, comment, and share than mine are

isn;t fair


5.  ….that I usually get inspiration for what I am going to say in my blog posts from the weirdest things and it is never when I am sitting in front of the computer trying to think of something to say



6.  …that all the important people I know don’t live in Memphis



7.  …that I actually love to nerd out over data and map-making.  It’s so much fun!

nerding out


8.  …that It’s really hard to remember to “check-in” when you go to different places.  Sometimes, you just don’t think about it but then you realized OMG I really want to be Mayor of Kroger!

yeah you failed


9.  …that I’m constantly having to say the same phrase over and over and over and over in order to keep up with two WordPress blogs, a Facebook profile, a Facebook page, a Pinterest account, a Twitter account, a personal Tumblr, a Photo365 Tumblr, a LinkedIn account, a Foursquare account, a Yelp account, an Instagram account, a Snapchat account, a Nextdoor account – am I missing one????  Gah….I’m on auto repeat!!  Social Media maintenance is hard!

i'm working


10.  …that everyone else seems to knock out blog posts much more quickly than I do.

crazy pills


11.  …that sometimes I sit down to make an intelligent post but I can’t think of anything to write

stupid brain


12. …that usually all I feel about what I’ve read is…that’s cool!

cool story bro


13.  …that when I talk about my “topic blog,” TN Liberty, everyone stares at me as if i just said:

statue of liberty


14.  …that I start second guessing every thing I write



15.  …that you can no longer pretend to be a ninja and hide in your coat….people see you.  There are no blanket forts for adults

hide in your coat


and finally…


15.  ….that naps are wasted on the young



16.  ….that there is never enough coffee


I hope you all have enjoyed the past 3 months of my blogging life.  I do plan to continue updating this blog and TN Liberty as the days go on but the content will certainly be different!


With that being said….

I bid you adieu #socialj7330

May you bring sleepless nights to someone ELSE from this point forward!!



Up Next…Next Door


Explore some new social media tool we didn’t discuss in class. Find some articles about it, practice using it in relation to your beat blog, reflect on what you did and how it went. Please include any relevant links in memo.

After realizing that there are very few social networking sites that I haven’t tried in one way or another, I settled upon Nextdoor.   My neighborhood signed up for Nextdoor about a year ago but only recently have members become regular adopters of this great tool.  I created my account soon after our neighborhood became available but didn’t pay it much attention because I assumed it would be like a million other sites and social tools that I have signed up for, downloaded the app, and a few months later deleted it from my phone or forgot about it all together.  Typically this happens because NO one else signs up. If they do sign up, they tire of it quickly.  It is no fun to use a social networking site with yourself.

nextdoor-harris-infographic-finalBut Nextdoor was different.  Sure, it wasn’t the fastest social networking horse out of the gate, but little by little neighbors began to trickle in.  Recently, I realized that almost 87 neighbors (67 of 432 households) have joined my neighborhood Nextdoor.  Each neighborhood’s name follows Nextdoor and that is how your community interacts.  So, for example, if my neighborhood was named “Willowing Woods” then my community would be called, Nextdoor Willowing Woods.  Not only have a decent number of neighbors joined Nextdoor but they are actually starting to use it with consistency.   Sure, it’s a little annoying that some people incessantly want to sell used items or how several older women want to continue discussing a pack of 3 “wild” dogs (one brown, one white, and one brown with white spots – I know this by heart and I’ve never seen the dogs) that have been roaming the neighborhood on and off for the past 3 months.  I guess it could be worse.

However, for all the irritants of real life that it brings into my online world, iI have found it to be rather useful for several things.

Forgot-your-name-silly_thumb1.  Remembering my neighbors name.  Who am I kidding?  I didn’t know their names so there wasn’t a chance that I would ever remember them.  And if we’re being honest, most of the time for the past two years, I didn’t even know I had neighbors.  I was traveling so much that every time i returned home for any length of time and found myself out and about, I was constantly shocked that buildings had been torn down and not only had retailers and restaurants gone out of business, they had had the time to change owners, repaint the signs, fix the furnishings and reopen the doors.  WHo knew?  Anyway, with Nextdoor I can look up a particular neighbor and see exactly where they live.  This comes in handy when I meet people while walking my dog but can’t remember what they said their name was.  If would be a lot more helpful if more people would choose to upload a profile picture but hey, at least a relatively older neighbors are using the internet computer webs.

2.  Last week, there was a shooting on the outskirts of my neighborhood.  It’s a fairly small community tucked away in a nice part of “almost midtown” memphis.  Many people don’t know the neighborhood exists and we like it that way.  However, we are in the middle of a “cut through” between two..how shall I put this…I’ll just take a word from the elderly neighbors’ arsenal….two “unsavory” parts of town.  When something happens here, it is usually found to be because of someone “cutting through” or at least that is what everyone says.  I honestly don’t pay enough attention to know for sure but it seems pretty spot on.

Let me preface this story with this:  As you all know, I am an avid supporter of liberty and the US Constitution and that includes our 2nd Amendment rights.

img_nextdoor_content_chart_400_447This incident occurred last Thursday night (5/1) at 8:10pm.  The sun is staying out later and the weather is warming – which means more people are out and about.  Apparently, a man was out for a walk, when another man (the suspect) hit him from behind causing him to fall to the ground.  The suspect then stood over the man and demanded his belongings.  The victim, on the ground, had a TN Handgun Concealed Carry Permit and was carrying his firearm on his person.  He drew his weapon and fired, wounding the suspect.  He called 911, MPD arrived and checked his permit and rushed the suspect to the Med, where he later died.  If a neighbor, Elle Perry, had not posted an article from the Memphis Flyer about the incident on Nextdoor, many of us would not have known.

3.  In my line of work as a grassroots activist and organizer for the liberty movement and the Tennessee Firearms Association I believe that Nextdoor is not only helpful for maintaing contact with neighbors or in my case, figuring out that you have neighbors but also for helping with GOTV campaigns.  Due to the privacy policy (which I very much agree with) of Nextdoor, you can’t use the neighborhood lists to develop walk lists that are sharable for campaign but I am able to get to know my neighbors on a more personal level through their posts and community events.  This greatly helps to grow my network and that is never a bad thing.

pewDid you know that 29% of Americans know only a few of their neighbors and 28% don’t know any of them by name? Thanks Pew Research Center for letting me know that i’m not alone.

Check out this interesting article about how Nextdoor is “releasing its second generation service to its users, giving them a redesigned interface, the ability to connect with nearby neighborhoods, and and includes an enhanced focus on creating a virtual neighborhood watch to help fight crime in the area.”

On a lighter note, “Nextdoor.com Is My Favorite New Stalking App,” is written by BuzzFeed’s Erin La Rosa on her personal blog and is an entertaining read.

See below for more about Nextdoor.com


What Is Nextdoor?
Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free.”

Build a stronger neighborhood

  • Build a stronger neighborhood

Connect with your neighbors to stay informed and share useful local information.


Keep the neighborhood safe

  • Keep the neighborhood safe

Look out for each other and send updates to keep the neighborhood safe.


Share goods and advice

  • Share goods and recommendations


Find a great babysitter or trusty dentist. Borrow a ladder or sell that old bookcase.

People are using Nextdoor to:

  • Quickly get the word out about a break-in
  • Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group
  • Track down a trustworthy babysitter
  • Find out who does the best paint job in town
  • Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
  • Find a new home for an outgrown bike
  • Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name
  • Nextdoor’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.


national-map-v2@2xOver 34,000 neighborhoods are building stronger and safer places to call home.




Nextdoor‘s mission
“We created this company because we believe that the neighborhood is one of the most important and useful communities in a person’s life. We hope that neighbors everywhere will use the Nextdoor platform to build stronger and safer neighborhoods around the world.”

Based in San Francisco, California, Nextdoor was founded in 2010 and is funded by Benchmark CapitalGreylock PartnersKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Tiger Global Management, and Shasta Ventures as well as other investors and Silicon Valley angels.

Share helpful information

  • Answer fellow members’ questions.
  • Share information about crime and safety issues.
  • Recommend local businesses and services (without spamming or inappropriate self-promotion).
  • Sell, share, or give away personal items that you no longer want or need.
  • Discuss community issues (but avoid campaigning).
  • Spread the word about local events.
  • Provide support to fellow members in need.


Honestly represent yourself

  • Use your real name, not an alias, pseudonym, or abbreviation.
  • Join as an individual not as a couple, family, or organization.
  • Take the time to add a photo and to fill out your profile



“Fences are sometimes necessary. But online privacy is always necessary. Nextdoor makes it safe to share online the kinds of things you’d be okay sharing with your neighbors in person.”

Here’s how they do that:

  • Every neighbor has to verify their address.
  • Every neighbor signs in with their real name. Just like in person.
  • Your website is protected by password and encrypted by HTTPS.
  • We never share your info with advertisers.

On a side note:

TN Concealed Carry Permits

If you do not have your TN Handgun Permit, I highly suggest that you take the class and retain your rights.  Range USA is a phenomenal local business and I recommend taking their class.  They even offer a women only class!  You can read the class descriptions here.

Photo365 Challenge – Day 93


For today’s Photo365 Challenge we have something a little different.  I’ve mentioned StockBoy on here for a while now but haven’t told you all about it.  Well, tonight we finally made the pitch and presentation at the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship on the University of Memphis campus.  

The StockBoy Presentation from #jpreneur Pitch Day 2014 with video.

To try out the app (for as long as the website is up) you can go to the following web address on your computer or mobile device.





Don’t forget to come back everyday during this Photo365 Challenge in order to see more of my crazy life!

Photo365 Challenge – Day 91


StockBoy (Barry, Ketevan, Amelia, & Me) cranking out the business plan at the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship, for today’s Photo365 Challenge.

Don’t forget to come back everyday during this Photo365 Challenge in order to see more of our crazy life!