Coming up with the concept of this blog was tough. So many possibilities are out there for the taking, and it’s hard to pick just one that you want to focus on.
I’m fortunate to live in a place where I constantly meet people from different backgrounds and places. With every new person I meet, one idea is constantly reaffirmed: Everyone has a story. It’s easy to forget this when we’re having to live in the present and think about the future. But they teach history for a reason, right? It’s important to know where we come from and how this influences who we are as a global community and as individuals. Since I have neither the time nor the resources to storify the global community, I wanted to focus on the individual.
This is something that Humans of New York does and it works incredibly well. Meeting interesting people in New York? Who would have thought? It’s the perfect place to find this kind of content. Every post is so interesting and unique, and it really highlights the diversity of the human experience. So many different people from so many different places are packed into this one city and each has their own story. This one city has almost eight-and-a-half million different stories to tell. It’s incredible.
Humans of New York somehow manages to hone these stories into little paragraph tidbits of peoples’ lives. In the ‘About‘ section of the site, creator Brandon Stanton says it started with a photography project and became this blog about peoples’ stories when he started asking questions. Each post has a picture of the person being interviewed and a little short story from their lives. The topics are wide ranging too. One post is a one-liner from parents about their kid, while another is about a man who lost the love of his life, or even one about Hillary Clinton. It covers the human experience in such an incredibly beautiful way and each post reflects the feelings of the interviewee.
The site “now has over twenty million followers,” so obviously something right is going on here.