After nearly 3 years of being naked, blogging in front of thousands of faceless, frequently anonymous readers, watching this new version of Duke City Fix unfold is surreal.
It's like seeing after years of being blind.
It's like visiting a city you've only seen in postcards.
It's like finally meeting your internet lover.
As each new person decides to create a profile at this site (and there are over 140 of you already
), I'm fascinated by the details you choose to share, by your photos and your stories. After years of attempting to build community in Albuquerque, I'm all giddy at watching people invite their friends and create their own groups for topics I'd never even considered! (Collectors
It's been a long journey to this point (I started this damn thing in early 2005
. Ouch! Sophie
was there and so was Johnny_Mango
). And honestly I'm not sure how it will evolve. It actually seems to be outta control now and frankly, I think that's a good thing.
What I do know is that I continue to love Albuquerque more than anywhere else I've lived.
It's heartening, despite our frequently negative media coverage and ugly-duckling complex, to see so many people who feel the same way. Thank you for being here.
This morning, I went for a hike in the foothills with my friend Spring
(yep, I met her through the blog). As we climbed straight up the craggy granite of the Sandias to a point high above the city, I paused to breathe it all in.
Albuquerque is a truly special place. Sure it sucks from time to time like any city does, but really -- no really -- there's something wild and funky and secretly special about Albuquerque. Looking out over the Rio Grande Valley, I can feel it in my shins.
After nearly 150 hours of work researching, designing, and migrating the new Duke City Fix, all I want to do is eat a fat bar of chocolate and drink champagne in a giant tub with bubbles that smell like cinnamon.
I'm flat-out wiped.
Thanks to everyone who signed on during our pre-launch weekend. It's been rockin.' Here's to Monday morning kicked off by SomeGye
and who knows where it'll go from there!