Won't You Be My Neighbor

I just joined this cool new website, NextDoor, a private online social network for neighborhoods.  What does this mean exactly?  It's a website designed to foster a sense of community that is often lost and overlooked in today's fast paced world.  It's a place for neighbors to get to know one another and pass on important information about things like neighborhood crime, new businesses, events, and lost pets.

I signed up earlier this week and have seriously geeked out looking though my neighborhood's site.  I have learned that a group of my neighbors is trying to lobby grocery store chains to build in our neighborhood.  If you can believe it, we don't have a single grocery store in our neighborhood (we're sort of the red-headed step child of inner Houston).  I've often complained to Dennis about this, but there's not much he or I can do on our own.  Now I know who I can contact and work with about getting a grocery store. I found out about some recent break-ins, and burglars posing as postal workers to gain access to homes.  I can now better protect myself and be on the lookout for their car (which I actually think I saw a few weeks ago - if only I had known!).  One of my neighbors is planning a community event planting trees in our local park to replace the ones that died from the drought we had a couple of years ago. I could go on and on about all the cool stuff I've learned about my neighborhood thanks to this website.

One of the things I was hoping to gain from moving into the city was a sense of community and neighborhood.  We've lived in our house for about a year now, and, sadly, I only know a few people who live on our block, and not a single person who isn't on our block.  I'll see people riding their bikes or families taking their dog for a walk, but I'm way too socially awkward to just stop them and start up a conversation.  NextDoor is the perfect opener for me to get to know my neighbors!!! (I also think it's a great tool for introverts to know what's going on in their neighborhoods without having to step outside their social comfort levels)  I am seriously so excited about finding this site!!  I look forward to being able to take Jack for a walk to the park and smiling, waving, and calling my neighbors by name!!!

If you want to build community in your neighborhood, you should check it out, too.  I am in no way getting paid to write this and have not been asked to pass on the information about NextDoor.  I just think this is a cool website and pretty much everyone can benefit from it.  I will add, however, that if you sign up with NextDoor using this link, and you are the first person to register your neighborhood, we both get $50 Amazon gift cards.  If your neighborhood is already registered, you still get to build a sense of community and get to know your neighbors, so I call it a win-win.  What are you waiting for?!?



10 comments

  1. I'm not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, it's a really great idea and very cool. On the other hand, I'm kinda happy that I know the names of my neighbor's pets but not the names of the owners. My apartment complex has some weirdos. It's possible I'm one of them. :)

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  2. We use this all the time in my Dallas neighborhood. It is wonderful!

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  3. Our neighborhood uses it and it has come in handy from everything from lost pets, garage sales, info on break ins, buying/selling etc. In this day where neighbors don't communicate its a great opportunity.

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  4. That's the great thing about this website; you can find out important info about your neighborhood without actually having to talk to anyone (it's especially nice to know when there are shady people roaming the streets and who to watch out for). And I know I most definitely will end up being the weirdo in the neighborhood, lol!

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  5. I've only been using this site for about 48 hours and I already feel like I've become part of the neighborhood (finally!)

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  6. This is pretty cool. My neighbors have tried to reach out to me but I'm such an awkward girl it doesn't always work :)

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  7. Are any of your neighbors signed up for Next Door?

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  8. I'm in the process of signing up right now to find out, I chose the postcard option so i will know in 3 to 5 days :) I hope not so you can get your gift card!

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  9. Ah, there were already 640 neighbors signed up! Sorry that you don't get your gift card :/

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  10. Holy crap! Well, at least you can get to know what's going on in your neighborhood without having to actually leave your house :)

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