If a dollar were to be had for every Landlord or West Virginian (or to be more precise – West Virginian Landlords) who have recently asked me this particular question then I’d already be on the verge of retiring. Then you’ve got those who start replicating dueling banjos after you tell them you’re off to Wheeling.
It’s quite common for most natives to be slightly ‘down’ on their home parish. If we’re being honest, it didn’t take much for me to up sticks and leave my home town of Nelson in the UK and immigrate to the States. (Well it did – three years waiting for a visa if truth be told.) People of Nelson tend to be a tad surprised when ‘outsiders’ tell them what a pretty area they’re in and I’ve seen one or two similar looks since being in Wheeling. Sometimes, as a native, you can be a bit too close to a place to see the woods for the trees.
As a place Wheeling resonates with me personally as it has a certain bygone charm harking back to an era where heavy industries ruled. It’s also set in some delightful little rolling hills with some interesting buildings casually thrown around for good measure. It’s much different to vast swathes of America I’ve been party to; it isn’t just a series of flat sandy concrete shopping malls as far as the eye can see.
A few trees, a river and Victorian homes on hills, while they may remind me in some part of Blighty and are more than a pleasant backdrop, aren’t the only reason for me coming to Wheeling – it just made it easier.
If I’m being honest I think I may have taken this particular job irrespective of where it may have been. Having spent the past three and a half years teaching myself SEO and running quite a successful and well-known business blog, The Tinbasher, the idea of coming to Wheeling and working for Direct Online Marketing™ seemed too good an opportunity to pass up – something of a no-brainer (not me, but the job). Not only did I have the opportunity to continue with my business blogging, but also the chance to develop my organic SEO skills and learn a few new tricks as well.
So, you’re going to get a dose of me and a dose of Justin as we continue the digital marketing blog in the manner to which you’ve become accustomed. You’ll still be getting your valuable fix of information relating to online marketing and sales whether you’re a business owner, marketer, amateur or pro.
Once I’ve got my head round the backend, we’ll also be allowing commenting – doesn’t that sound magnanimous!
In the meantime, if you have any suggestions just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org/dom.