OK~ I've been pondering this post for a while and here it goes. It's no secret that local does matter to me and I find myself asking myself if it matters to others. I really try to support my local community in several ways. It can be shopping in a store to partaking in a community event. I struggle with how social media changes our perceptions of what local is.
It's not uncommon for me to see people sharing things through social media. The things that people share the most are of happenings that are not in their local community. I am just as guilty as this as other people. Why do we find it so hard to share the awesomeness of our own local communities? Is it because we think our backyards have nothing to offer someone else? It could be all of the above.
Did you know that local school districts receive funding determined by how many students are enrolled? When the numbers of kids begins to dwindle, there goes some money. I know that money will not solve every education problem that is out there, but I can tell you that there is a trickle down effect.
When our local school districts start losing money, that means our communities are losing people. Home to me is in North Iowa and I'm sadly not seeing people moving into our community, as I'm seeing more people moving out than in.
I travel a lot and often times when I post a photo of my road when I am home, someone usually chimes in with, "This is so cool. Did you find a cool spot to pull your car over?" Umm no, that's the road I live on and call home.
We need to remember that our own backyards offer something that someone else would love to call theirs. Are you sharing the awesome of your home community through social media? If not, I challenge you to do so. I'd love to see North Iowa grow.
I appreciate the fact that I can buy my groceries from a local retailer and I can purchase clothing for my next travel adventure in my hometown. If we don't step up and support our local retailers, these store fronts may no longer exist. Brick and mortar stores are moving online and I'm not sure that I like that. I do like being able to walk into a store and speak with a shop owner.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on how you support your local community. Do you find yourself spending money in your home community or do you spend more of it elsewhere? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?