Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Fantastic Fifty Feedback

Posted September 5, 2007

What did you think of our 50 states contest last week? I would appreciate your feedback. How could we have made it better? Any suggestions for similar efforts in the future?

Last week we solicited comments from Carolina Conversations readers all across the fruited plain. In just four days we heard from friends in each one of the states plus several foreign countries. I thoroughly enjoyed comments on what people miss or appreciate about North Carolina. We truly live in a beautiful and unique state.

Now it is time for me to pay up. I promised prizes to the most faraway blogger and the one who recruited the most comments. I'd like to send something to our friends in Hawaii, Alaska and Cambodia. Please email your addresses. Plus, if you recruited some successful comments, please let me know so I can make a tally. My email address is

Many thanks!


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  • Snoopy Gal Sep 5, 2007

    Bill - I agree with the 100 counties of NC idea. Try to get someone who lives in the county now - if that seems to take a lot of time, we could turn in counties we use to live in. Including where I currenty live, I could cover 4 counties! I bet there are a lot of people who could list several counties of residence.

  • thecatsmeow67 Sep 5, 2007

    Bill, Have you thought about doing anything regarding the Village of Yesteryear at the NC State Fair. The craftsman and crafts ladies have some really neat and interesting stuff and they are from here in the 'Ole North State.

  • MaplesMom Sep 5, 2007

    Here's an idea: Do a count of the "Honorable Hundred" NC counties! If your feeling ambitious enough to do 2 lists: 1 for favorite NC county and 1 for nc county of residence. I work in county management so the topic is near and dear to my heart :-)
    I love Carolina Conversations- keep up the good work!

  • Travised Sep 5, 2007

    As one whose state was caught early on I had fun watching with mirth. I missed my window of time to head down earlier this year, but hope to again in november/december with a family member who does not like the scare of hurricanes... and I come from the plain states that get down to a lovely -20 (AIR TEMP) in the winters. I guess thats what I'd miss in NC, the winters. We still hit the 90's rare 100 in summer.

    But I'd miss the winter we have up here. The fun time to get on the sleds for hours, ice fishing, even the idea of throwing ski's on the airplane for winter and floats in summer.

    We see the Orioles and hummers fly south in September and come back around May/June. The Warblers as well navigate south to warmer weather. Thats whats fun with birds in the north. You see some come in with the spring and head out with the fall. I have 4 feeders on my windows in an apartment. It's great to see such a wide range of birds change with the seasons.

  • eyesblue Sep 5, 2007

    Bill, I'm sure everyone has a different idea of what they wanted to see here on this blog. Mine was surely different than what's happening here. I'd have preferred we got replies from all 100 counties of NC. I'd much rather have people join in on new, exciting, different, out of the way places yet to be discovered by most in our own great state. I was born in NC, but lived away in other places from age 19 until after 47. There's ALOT of NC I have never seen, counties I haven't even had the opportunity to just drive through. I'm going to keep on blogging and reading comments by you and others, but I'd sure like to see you steer this to bringing ALL of NC home to those of us stuck in a rut in the Triangle.

  • Silver loves Rebel Red puppies Sep 5, 2007

    Hi Mr Leslie

    This is off topic in a way, but I wanted to let you know. I found the "Handmade and Homegrown" website here in your Carolina Conversations, and I emailed it to myself so I would always have easy access to it. I have referred to it A LOT. Last weekend I went down home for a visit, and told my sister about it. In a mostly rural county (with nothing much to do you'd think), we stayed busy for two straight days, and barely scratched the surface of things to do. And we were TIRED. The byway NC73 between Ellerbe and Mt. Gilead is so, so beautiful. Thanks to everyone who created that tool, and to you for showing it to me.


  • fishnett5977 Sep 5, 2007

    I had my friend Pat from Illinois send in a email to you. That doesnt qualify for a prize but I think you will now have a fan of your blog here at Wral!lol And I bet she passes it along to her family and friends there too!
    I loved the contest! Please, do more!

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