I came upon the idea of ScreamFreely while dancing on a retaining wall, talking to my self under a street lamp.
When I was a child — they told me I could,
So I dreamed freely.
Now, two decades later I wake to greet my reality bleeding.
Please believe I didn’t mean it;
Though I know I am the only one
who can take
and change this legacy.
Not to say that it’s all about me
that we are all children.
Who wish we too could, DreamFreely.
That we might all feel appreciated.
Upon finding that word, DreamFreely, I was given her two children, ScreamFreely and BreatheFreely.
These were ideas, or dreams, that told me they too wished to be real.
ScreamFreely will not be reigned in, she is free-wheeling, and needs to ever be. As she will always be at the service of her community, their wish is her wish, and their dreams are her dreams.
Their growth is her bliss.
Her first service is through the *Activist Project, to collect information her community can use to better inform themselves about what is happening in their community.
Eventually she seeks to make interactive pictures, with buttons and dials. Maybe even read the words and use machine learning to distill and organize/analyze data.
She has dreams of her own, to be sure.
ScreamFreely was originally registered on April 21, 2008.
I had the money and had the idea; let’s be honest, it works as a brand!
I made sure to snag the Twitter handle, website, and Google Domain Apps.
I tried a few ideas at the time, made a site using Joomla even. It has taken me as long to come back around to accepting WordPress (albeit ClassicPress). Anywho,
I actually lost the domain for a few years, and only recently reacquired it a few years ago. That no one took it, and then sought access to the Google rights is something for which I will always thankful.
The engine revs
It contained information for all of the legislators, including links to the cities in each of their districts, with information about each city.
In 2008, in a basement — no idea what I was doing, but it worked!
We still don’t listen to brown kids, so I was pretty well tucked under the radar.
Like I said, I lost the domain due to disuse.
Years later I met one of my best friend’s in the whole world.
This man has taught me more about myself than anyone else, along with how to teach myself coding.
For a time I had a job working with Django, I speak of those time a bit more here.
Regardless, Django and Python have allowed me to recreate, and evolve, the original ScreamFreely page as MnActivist.Org.
Furthermore, we are now able to use the platform to teach others how to code!
No more learning in obscurity for those who don’t want to ~
If you need help, we can find that.
If you have an idea, we can help build that.