It’s that time of year again. On Sunday, Why CLE? will turn 5 years old! I always appreciate the opportunity to reflect on this blogging journey. When I started Why CLE?, the tone was a bit more defiant I think. As in, “Of course Cleveland is a wonderful place to live. Why don’t you think so?”
Over the last 5 years, it’s become less of a sales pitch for how great Cleveland is. Even out-of-towners are getting it, respecting it, appreciating it. The goal became more of an uncovering of local gems, shining light on even more ways why CLE is the place to be. Writing like this is a lot easier when you’ve already bought into the premise that Cleveland is a great town.
But we’re Clevelanders. We never totally lose the defensive edge, right? The need to prove that we can play in the big leagues. Sometimes I worry that we forget that not being New York or LA or Chicago is part of our charm.
When I started Why CLE?, I also had the idea that there would also be some “negative” posts (think, “Why are you doing this, Cleveland?”). I think those conversations can be productive and necessary. But I found I wasn’t the one to write them. There is plenty of negative on the Internet. Plenty. But in the little corner I’ve created, I want to highlight the good things about Cleveland, the things I love, the things that will always keep me here.
It’s been an amazing 5 years. I’ve gotten to chronicle Cleveland through some wonderful and challenging moments. I’ve shared my family with you, I’ve shared personal struggles and scary moments, and I’ve overshared.
In 2016, look for a refreshed look to the Why CLE? website, as well as a continued attempt to balance between family and adult activities in my posts.
I am, as always, so grateful for your readership, your support, and your shared love for our great city. You make this fun and you’ve made this milestone possible.
As a thank you, I’d like to offer a giveaway that allows you to pick two of your own reasons Why CLE? If you are the randomly-selected winner, you will receive a $25 donation to the local charity of your choice in your name, as well as a $25 gift card to the Cleveland restaurant/destination of your choice (think anything from The Greenhouse Tavern to Playhouse Square).
Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, or all three entries, just leave a separate comment for each):
1.Leave a comment here telling me which charity and which restaurant/destination you would choose for your winnings.
2. Visit Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited.
3. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:
I love Cleveland and want to win the @WhyCLE 5th blogiversary #giveaway! https://whycle.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/why-5th-blogiversary
The giveaway will close on Tuesday, December 15 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!