I wonder if any kids out there ever read the news? My children range in age from 32 down to 21. They tell me if it’s not announced in some social media forum where they hang out, they won’t know news until someone literally tells them about it.
I’ve been thrilled to discover, however, that they read my blogs. And they read other people’s blogs, especially if the writer is someone they know or “follow” or if the topic is something in which they are interested.
If this is true for my kids, how much more so for those even younger?
Kids, this story is for you. Parents, teachers and people who know a kid, please pass it on.
The Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website (DiscoverDenton.com) has a highly trafficked blog populated by quite a few regular bloggers. There are new posts several times a week, and they’re never boring because there are so many voices and interests and perspectives presented.
Mostly, we talk about Denton because our website visitors want to know about our city. But there’s a missing element in our blog: kids! We think our blog needs the voice of our youth.
Our idea is the creation of a kids’ blog within our CVB blog forum. We want to know how youngsters see Denton, what they like to do, their favorite places to go, awesome experiences they have enjoyed in our city.
Maybe it was a night out with the family. Or perhaps it was the time they picnicked on the courthouse lawn and collected pecans to shell later for homemade cookies. Or maybe it was that first live theater experience at the Campus Theatre. Or the festival they attended with their friends. Or a visit to one of the museums.
The possibilities are endless because thousands of kids have thousands of stories, every one as individual as the kids themselves.
Erika, age 10, submitted the very first kids’ blog post. She wrote about Rusty Taco, where she discovered the best tacos she had eaten in her whole life. Check out Erika’s blog at DiscoverDenton.com under our blogs.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Kendall Hydock. She’s the Northeast Texas Girl Scout earning her coveted Gold Award with the Denton scavenger hunt she created. Having followed Kendall on her quest to design an awesome game, we at the CVB know how much she learned about Denton during the process. And she had a blast doing it.
What better place to begin a blog by kids and for kids than a game?
So, here is the challenge: Download Kendall’s game from our website. Go to DiscoverDenton.com and click on “Discover Denton” in the top navigation bar, then select “Itineraries & Guides” to find the Denton Square Scavenger Hunt. Print out the game and play!
When you finish the game, tell us what you learned. Where did you have the most fun? What surprised you? What was your favorite discovery? Where would you like to visit again? Tell us your story and we’ll publish it on our blog. Cool, right?
So as not to discriminate, bloggers of all ages are welcome to participate. The game has stumped more than a few of us!
If games are not your thing, here’s another suggestion for a story. October is Fire Prevention Awareness Month. If you have never visited before, now is the perfect time to check out the Denton Firefighters Museum. There are a multitude of discoveries to be made, firefighters to meet and adventures to have in this museum alone.
To submit your story to our blog, just e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. These are the CVB team members who manage our blog content. Be sure to include your first name and your age with your story.
Only the blogger’s first name and age will accompany their post. That way, everyone can find their own blog and share it with friends and family. Put it on Facebook or Pinterest or wherever your friends will see it.
Being published is no small thing. We plan to brag on the blog and hope you will, too. If you find you like blogging, we’ll keep sharing your stories. Finding some regular young bloggers would be thrilling for us!
Now, get busy and tell us your story!
KIM PHILLIPS is vice president of the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau at the Denton Chamber of Commerce. She loves promoting Denton’s original, independent spirit through the city’s sense of place and cast of many characters. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.