Feedback requested: what should I write about?

The writing here is largely driven by my own personal passion and free time. When there are things happening in the community that I feel I can add some useful perspective about, and I have the time and focus to do that, I publish. When I get busy with life, go on vacation, or otherwise just don’t feel like writing, I don’t publish. For something I do voluntarily and mostly for fun, I don’t really want to change that arrangement.

But I’m also grateful to have gotten positive feedback online and in person from folks who find this site and my writings about Richmond useful. Some are careful to point out that they don’t always agree with me, but they appreciate the insights and conversation. Prompting more conversation and action is the point, and I want to honor the two-way nature of that.

So, a simple question for those of you following along: what would you enjoy seeing more of here on This poll will be open for about a week, and then I’ll share the results. Vote for your top 1 or 2 choices here:

And thanks for reading.

Why DOES Richmond Matter?

The name of this site is a little boring. “Richmond Matters.” Meh. Okay. Whatever.

I picked it in part because the domain name was available. Have you tried naming something in a compelling way and then making sure the related domain name wasn’t already taken?

It’s exhausting. So it was either this or

You’re welcome.

But I also like the multiple possible readings of the name.

Noun: “It’s a blog about Richmond matters.”

Verb: “Richmond matters, and here’s why.”

The second one is a little more emotionally vulnerable. When I’m in my IF moments about the future of Richmond, I want to tell myself that Richmond doesn’t necessarily matter, and that if it doesn’t survive, I’ll personally be okay.

But that’s not quite true. Not true at all, actually.

Continue reading Why DOES Richmond Matter?


Hi – I’m Chris Hardie. I live and work in Richmond, Indiana.

I have started and run a small business here, volunteered for a variety of local not-for-profits, run for elected office, improved historic buildings and generally spent a lot of time and energy trying to make it a better place.

I already have a blog and personal website over at I’ve written a lot there about life in Richmond, Indiana (recently, Richmond’s Next Mayor), but I also write there about travel, gadgets, U.S. culture and politics, media and advertising, and various other topics that I’m interested in. I think that makes that site less engaging for those primarily interested in my writing about Richmond, and I also think it makes me less likely to write about Richmond topics in a focused way there.

So, I’m going to try out a site that’s dedicated to commentary on life in Richmond, Indiana. Okay, I might throw in some stuff applicable to the broader region, but always as it relates to the local community.

I’ll try to keep these reflections brief and to the point. Sometimes I’ll just link to stuff that others are writing. Sometimes my ideas might be half-formed. My goal is not to have everything figured out, just to keep the conversation going.

I hope you’ll be a part of it.