Now that I’ve opened my eyes and start­ed look­ing around, I’m re­al­ly amazed at how much there is to be in­volved in around the Greater Cleveland area. It makes it hard to choose. I’ve gone to a cou­ple blog­ger mee­tups and they have been quite eye-open­ing in re­gard to eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment in this area. While I’m still too wet be­hind the ears in re­gard to civic ac­tion and pol­i­tics, their fer­vor is in­fec­tive.

And these events might seem to be not much more than mere net­work­ing, but for me on the pe­riph­ery, it seems more promis­ing than that. Next month’s meet­up is with some folks from the pod­cast­ing group and a la­dy from cleve​land​.com who wants to talk with blog­gers [un­doubtably not blog­gers like me though] about the site. 

But wait, there is more than just eco­nom­ic in­volve­ment! I’ve put in a vol­un­teer ap­pli­ca­tion with Rocky River Stables’ Therapeutic Riding Program and af­ter I get trained I think that will be an op­por­tu­ni­ty that will be both good for my spir­it as well as help­ful to oth­ers.

Yet I’m con­stant­ly amazed at the lev­el of in­volve­ment in Tremont. There are so many things go­ing on there that I don’t know which ones to pick. So I think my idea to cre­ate a Tremont spe­cif­ic site to herd all of that in­fo to­geth­er is prob­a­bly my best bet. I’ve been tin­ker­ing with a workaround for the free ver­sion of MovableType’s 3 weblog lim­it and if I can work that out, nail­ing down a de­sign should be cake­walk and the on­ly drudge work will be dig­ging around for Tremont links and mak­ing lists of busi­ness­es and con­tacts.

That is the rub, I sup­pose. I’m not good at main­tain­ing the nec­es­sary dri­ve to get things done. I need chivvy­ing and con­stant re­minders, en­cour­age­ment and brain­storm­ing to get me start­ed and a dead­line to make me fin­ish. Right now I have a dead­line. The do­main reg­is­tra­tion for the do­main where I want my Tremontcentric site to live ex­pires on May 7th. So by May 9th I want the site to be live, even if it is just a some­what well-de­signed linkdump at that point.

This is hard work for me, not do­ing the work, not want­i­ng to do the work, but dri­ving my­self to do it. As of now all of this is still just so much talk. I think it is an im­prove­ment over how I used to be, and how I saw the same sort of de­sire for eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment in my old home­town as be­ing fruit­less and fool­ish ide­al­ism. I still don’t think Connersville has much hope [al­though the web­site sure has im­proved], but Cleveland can be badass if the right peo­ple get in the right spot and use the right lever­age.

As Archimedes put it:

?o? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???? ??? ???

or, mild­ly para­phrased

Give me a lever long enough and a ful­crum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.

One thought on “Involvement

  1. i,too, am op­ti­mistic about NE Ohio, and I’m al­ways heart­ened at read­ing stuff like this or hear­ing about peo­ple get­ting in­volved or want­i­ng to im­prove it.
    i com­plete­ly un­der­stand the motivation/​deadline thing. I think voic­ing your in­ten­tion here as well as hav­ing oth­er ac­tive peo­ple around you helps keep you on track.
    i’ll per­son­al­ly pester you to keep on chug­gin’!

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