I recently received the following e-mail message from Jennie, a Glasgow-based author, on my wickenburg-az.com Webmaster e-mail account:
Hello there! I’m a writer, and in the course of my work I often research small towns in different countries. I’d just like to say that your pages about Wickenburg are among the most impressive I’ve seen. It’s really nice to see something which goes into so much detail and which has clearly been created by people who love the place. You’re a great example to communities everywhere.
Needless to say, I was flattered. I replied:
May I quote you on this?
Sadly, the local Chamber of Commerce, Town Council, and newspaper are constantly bashing me (mostly behind my back), saying that I hate Wickenburg. It’s nice to see that someone out there can see the truth.
I’m fortunate enough to have great contributors to the site. Without them, I’d have to do all the writing and the site would be very one-sided. They provide valuable and varied content.
Thanks very much for your message. It really made my day!
You’re welcome! As for the issue of you bashing Wickenburg, I personally found it refreshing to see a site which included people’s negative feelings as well as positive ones. That’s what gives your site the personal touch and stops it seeming like yet another piece of bland propaganda. No town is perfect — it’s when you can fall in love with it anyway that it’s clearly something special.
It’s refreshing to be understood, to get feedback from someone who understands that you need to take the good with the bad to get the whole picture.
Jennie’s message came at the perfect time. I was just beginning to think that maybe it was time to turn wickenburg-az.com over to someone else, to give up on my efforts to share information about Wickenburg with anyone who cares to know. Jennie’s message — and the articles coming in from site contributors — have convinced me that wickenburg-az.com is worth my efforts.