Friday, May 21, 2010
An Anniversary at SBPDL: Time Does Fly by When You're Having Fun
One year ago, six friends gathered in a house to discuss amongst other things, Black people. As many people are painfully aware, public discourse hardly reflects the private conversations that take place throughout the nation among the safety of ones friends.
After a few jokes were tossed around, the conversations turned in another direction: white people. More jokes followed.
After discussing the pros and cons of the popular website, Stuff White People Like, an idea was floated to do a website devoted to the Stuff Black People Like. Soon, a eureka moment occurred and with the the magical addition of simple word, Stuff Black People Don't Like was born.
Strange that a year has past since that moment, which seems frozen in time now. The idea tossed around by six people became an avocation of one person who continues to dutifully write a new blog entry at a regular pace.
Ideas have come from a variety of directions: old friends made aware of the websites existence; emails from new friends who find the website a fun diversion from the endless insanity that seems to stream across the television; movies viewed with family, friends and girl friends that spark some memory deep within the recess of my mind; and most importantly, news stories that seem to flow forth with ever increasing candor.
Stuff Black People Don't Like was started as a joke. Read the first few entries to judge for yourself. Swimming, fried chicken and a Maury Povich reference within the first week.
Somewhere though, something happened. Emails started coming in from strangers who found the words written here enjoyable. Many wondered what the impetus behind the site was and at first, no answer could be given.
Now, looking back across the past year of writing Stuff Black People Don't Like one is forced to take stock of all that has happened and come to stirring conclusion: it has been a blast.
This writer has received touching emails from people that they might never meet, but in reading them learn more about that person then they might ever know about a long-time friend.
There is the reason Stuff Black People Don't Like continues and grew a sizable audience over the past year: honesty. What is written isn't vetted (normally having no editor, to the chagrin of many readers) and comes from the mind in a delirious fashion, fast and furious and unrestrained
People might not agree with everything that is written and may adamantly oppose many of the ideas floated around this website, but in the end they cause reflection and pause. The agenda at SBPDL is pretty obvious: to help educate people about Black people.
Many might find this site an oddity: is it a Black person or perhaps some evil intentioned white person behind the website? Could it even be a Jew, which might cause more heads to explode if it were true than the aforementioned potential identities.
Regardless, a year has past now since the day this website was founded. It has been a great honor to exchange ideas through the comment sections and through many emails with readers. We are all busy people, with jobs and families, duties and obligations. But to have people take time out of their schedules to visit SBPDL.com (tell your friends!) means a lot. Thank you.
At first, it was hoped a reprieve from that might be offered here, along with the occasional laugh. Perhaps delusions of grandeur set in and other goals were created, but we never wavered from the original impetus behind the site.
As you read this, the writer behind SBPDL thanks you for taking the time out of your busy life to visit this admittedly goofy website. It has been a fun journey over the past year and an experience that has taught one important lesson: perseverance.
People can accomplish things they might deem trivial or insignificant, but it all begins with that first step. SBDPL started with one-step and a year later, we caused a company worth $472 dollars-a-share to change its search algorithms to exclude any mention of this site when people inquire about Black people there.
One year is but 365 days of memory. Some of those days might pass insignificantly into the future with hardly a moments hesitation, causing a temporary desire to relive that moment differently, more vigorously.
SBPDL no longer worries about the past, for it is the one judge whose verdict we can't supplicate.
We move forward into year two of SBPDL and will continue mixing humor with seriousness. Irreverent entries will be more frequent, plus some more serious commentary.
As SBPDL turns one, this writer sincerely thanks all of the readers and those who have commented here. The emails of encouragement are appreciated, the emails of disdain and venom more so.
Obviously, something right is being done at this URL (www.sbpdl.com). A billion-dollar company wouldn't have declared war on us otherwise.
Thank you for reading. The writer of SBPDL is going to have a celebratory glass of Rombauer, toast old memories and prepare for an exciting year of new ones.
So, thanks again to all readers. If you have suggestions for new entries or how you would recommend changing the website for the better (a new format is being worked on now that will take us off of blogspot), email us at email@example.com
And now, a moment of levity. The writer behind this site might have been born in the 1980s, but a song written BEFORE they were born perfectly encapsulates the mood for year two at SBPDL.
Year Two at SBPDL: Combing the Desert for Truth, starts tomorrow. See you then.
Posted by Stuff Black People Don't Like at 6:52 PM