Greatest Hits of MML

By on 19 August, 2013 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

Libraries are CreepyDear readers, we hope you’ll forgive us a bit of nostalgia today, but we’ve been trying to think of what to write about this week. This prompted us to search through our archives, and we came out feeling sort of excited. MML’s back catalog is pretty extensive, and as we plan for the rest of the year’s writing, we wanted to look back a little. Perhaps the end of summer has made us a little nostalgic, or maybe it’s just a rainy beach weekend that’s got us thinking about how quickly time passes.

We’d forgotten that Midtown Montgomery Living launched on April 29, 2010 with a glowing review of Tomatino’s. Our opinions about Tomatino’s haven’t changed over the past three and a half years, but a lot about the blog has. This is our 436th post; quite a lot for something that started as a speculative endeavor generously sponsored by Sandra Nickel.

Over the life of the blog so far, we have had a gardening columnist, a legal advice columnist, and a recipe columnist that we lost. All remain good friends, but they just didn’t have the time to keep writing for MML. Our writers are volunteers, and sometimes folks just can’t spare the time to write after a while. Still, we have had architecture and history columnists that persevered for the entire duration thus far. Their work deserves to be published in a book and preserved in a library. It’s outrageous that we are providing it for free on the Internet. Our mixology column remains sporadic, but still is a popular favorite among readers.

We have written about all sorts of things over these past few years. We’ve reviewed parks and libraries. We got to visit one of Montgomery’s coolest houses. Our DIY expert has told us how to install ceiling fans and cork floors. We’ve gotten tons of real estate advice from Sandra, even some that stopped us from doing something dumb.

You can probably tell that we like to eat. We’ve written a ton of restaurant reviews. We’ve reviewed La Zona Rosa, El Rey, Shashy’s, Martin’s, Sinclair’s, Derk’s, Mr. G’s, Vintage Year, and probably some that I’m forgetting. Many of our writers have gone out on food adventures and reported back.

One of our favorite things over the years has been going to the Montgomery Film Festival. That was a very popular post; we liked it so much that we went back again. Our reviews were kind of negative (but constructive), and we hope to go back again the next time they have one.

In 2010, we interviewed all of the candidates seeking to represent part of Midtown in the District Seven election. That was pretty fun, and our interviews got a ton of traffic – maybe we provided a good public service. Speaking of public service, we were proud to host resources on Smart Code, including the Cloverdale Five Points Detailed Design Plan. We’re pretty sure MML is still the only place that’s available online. If you haven’t read it, it’s worth a look.

Then, in 2011, we began to track the birth of a theater as Greg Thornton started writing for MML about the Cloverdale Playhouse. We’re lucky to have retained Greg as a writer. It has been important to us to meet the people that make Montgomery cool. We interviewed Tyler Bell, Jonathan Thornton, Meg Lewis (who now writes our awesome running column!), Cheryl and Thomas Upchurch (of Capitol Book and News), Frank Powell, and Cindy Chapman.

We’ve tried to find creative ways to discover our town. When the cupcake craze hit Montgomery, we had a cupcake tournament. It took us days to recover. Looking for good local music was just as fun and considerably less sugary.

We like sports. We previewed our local team, the Biscuits, and even got to interview coach Billy Gardner. We went to the All-Star College Football game but also gave some love to local college football. One of these days, we’re going to get around to some other local college sports like Huntington baseball or ASU basketball.

Looking through the archives made us kind of proud. It also reminded us that there’s a lot of good writing out there that gets lost. The Internet era always wants to present you with “what’s happening now,” but sometimes it’s worth browsing around in the back issues. We think MML’s writers have created hundreds of posts with enduring value and we look forward to many more years to come.

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with two cats, a dog, four fish, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.

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