Our New Yinz Resolutions – Better Late Than Never

an old post card

an old post card (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A belated happy new year!  I know – I am a little late with the new years resolution post.  Better late than never.  Back in November – I started making a list of all sorts of things that IheartPGH could be covering.  I have used the first few weeks of the year to refine this list and to plan out a few things for the coming year.  I started writing this post the first week of January – but it seems even more important to share this list now that the excitement of the holidays is starting to wear off.

Here a few of the things I hope this little blog will cover in 2013:

More posts about Pittsburgh Non-Profits

One of the best things that happened in 2012 was rallying the readers of this blog to support some local non-profits that really needed some help.  When Light of Life Ministries ran out of clean underwear – the bloggers and blog readers of Pittsburgh raised money and donated new clean underwear to meet the need.  In 2013 – I hope we can profile more Pittsburgh non-profits and continue to work together to raise money to support Pittsburgh organizations.

Some of the non-profits we want to feature in 2013 include:

What Pittsurgh non-profit organizations would you like to learn more about in 2013?

Profile 100 Local Blogs

My other blogging project is BlogLocal – which is a map of local blogs all across the US.  Some of the most popular posts on the BlogLocal blog have been the interviews with local bloggers – the goal for 2013 is to profile 100 local bloggers on the BlogLocal Blog.

Voting & Civic Engagement

English: Mayor of Pittsburgh, Luke Ravenstahl ...
In just 4 months – Pittsburghers will have a chance to vote in the primary election for Mayor, City Council and a bunch of other elected offices.  Elections are not just about electing a leader – but the election process is an opportunity to have a conversation about what is working and what can be improved in our communities.

Community Spaces & Church Re-Use

Over the past year – I keep finding myself in having conversations about

  1. Public Spaces – where to have a meeting/party/event wedding
  2. Old Churches – what is happening to them and how to preserve them

There is a need for space and at the same time there are lots of amazing spaces – some in excellent condition  some that need some work (and some that need alot of work) – but I hope to explore and highlight public spaces  here in Pittsburgh and examples from other cities.

A Pittsburgh Book Club

Cover of "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh"

One of my personal new years resolutions is to read more books.  I spend lots of time reading blog posts but not a ton of time reading things offline.  I started chatting with our friends at East End Book Exchange and we’re working on a year long book club of Pittsburgh related book.  A book-of-the month, a monthly meet-up and even some guest appearances by authors.

What Pittsburgh books would you like to see on the reading list for 2013?

Do you have any New Yinz resolutions? What would you like to see more of on IheartPGH in 2013?

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  • Adaena

    Let’s talk about public libraries in 2013! Libraries are doing some very cool stuff these days, but not everyone can get past the image of a stodgy old institution that’s all about books. Libraries are community gathering places, discovery zones, lifelong learning labs, and more.