Very few blogs in the world
Command as much respect and admiration
Like Humans of New York (HoNY).
If you have not heard about HoNY; wake up!
If you know of them, then good on you.
Let’s pull away the curtain to see the
beast behind the blind.
How many blogs in the world attract over
17M followers on Facebook?
How many have 8.7M fans on Instagram?
That is far more than the population of
the Big Apple!
It even outstrips the population of
Florida, and maybe Texas… quote me not!
HoNy was founded in 2010 by Brandon
A young blogger or should I say a
Goal? To chronicle 10K New Yorkers.
Sooner than later, HoNY became a behemoth
In 2016, Stanton wrote an open letter to
the U.S. President;
Well, it garnered over 2.3M likes and 1.1M
shares on Facebook.
That is the raw power of a good blog
This guy must be a cyber-celebrity!
I just made a new word… It feels good
Based on my observation, reflection and a bit
HoNY is nothing but a modern-day Griot or
Someone who tells it, as it is with all
Quote me on this.
Griots don’t sugar quote things. Nope!
They celebrate truth.
They spotlight the blemishes; what I call
the “ity” factor.
In Story Warrior lingo,
It is the ability to weave abstract nouns
into a story
Without ever mentioning them. Let me break
The ity-factor is a LENS,
It paints a picture of humanity,
authenticity, spontaneity, simplicity, sincerity…etc
No hubris, no B.S. no pride; JUST HUMAN!
Ever wondered why HoNY photographs are not
shot in studios?
They have no make-up artists, no dressing
They have no fake lights, fake eye lashes,
fake eye shadow, fake mascara.
They are just ordinary mortals on the
journey of life.
If you examine HoNY humans,
You ‘d soon notice they so ordinary.
Some stand at crossroads,
Contemplating a confusing world,
They are just ordinary mortals in a
When you peruse some of the stories, and
Sooner than later it dawns on you…
HoNY goes for spontaneity…. not scripted
This gives a refreshing unadulterated
reflection of life
Afterall, these are ordinary mortals on
the journey of life.
Overwhelmingly, the photos are simple and
No ostentation! Even the plot lines are straightforward.
Nothing concealed or fraught with
All you can see is ordinary mortals on a journey
Sincerity means free from pretense,
deceit, or hypocrisy.
HoNY has candid photos with brief story
Some as rugged as the trunk of a tree.
As it turns out, this approach humanizes
and connects deeply
It portrays ordinary mortals on the
journey of life
How can you apply the “ity” factor to your
Next when you write or tell a story,
Dip your brush into a bucket full of
And without mentioning them just paint the
Without saying the words, paint: anxiety,
beauty, sobriety, dexterity, clarity, curiosity, tenacity, opportunity,
poverty, honesty ….
That is what connects us. It must be
deeply human with all it its frailties.
Beware of the “ity-Factor”
The ity lens!
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