A few years ago I had the idea to buy this domain and then build a website that included events, places, people, any and everything cultural about Mobile, Alabama. I was going to portalize Mobile for the people living here and those visiting. In my head, I was going to make a ton of money selling ad banners and pop up windows. That effort lasted about 9 months. It just wasn't meant to be. The content was just too much to take on. Open data was not really available for the content I needed, making it a very manual process. It was a full time job clicking between a dozen websites and reading the hippest publications Mobile Bay Monthly and the Lagniappe to put together a list of events, different restaurants, and plugs about local musicians. I then decided to make a Facebook group for TheMobilian. It had some decent traction but eventually dropped off when every one else started forming groups and blasting posts to their members. All that being said, I decided to set this domain aside and leave it be. I knew that one day this would become something. Well, the wait ended this week. To start off, I had a meeting to talk about what could make Mobile a better place to raise a family and start a business (with some pretty significant city leaders). We parted for the day and I went home. Eight hours later I sat straight up in bed and realized what TheMobilian.com needed to be- a portal for nonprofits, civic groups, special interest groups, hobbyists, etc. to register their entities. I immediately went in to my office and started thinking through it all. And so we'll see where this goes.
As a lifelong Mobilian, I am committed to the development of Mobile, the breaking-down of barriers that stifle creative ideas, and to putting my energy into efforts for collaborative growth. As an entrepreneur, civic-minded resident, and local business leader, I am taking action. I'm taking action to first create a site that lists an active directory of action groups. I will be examining them and reaching out to them to connect ideas with people who want to help. Mobile is a very special city for many reasons and it will become one of America's greatest cities if we can come together to Be Mobile. Live Mobile. Believe in Mobile.