This month, the Ravenna Blog turns five years old.
Can you believe it?! We hardly can.
We started the site back on August 8, 2008 with the following post:
The goal here is report on the doings and transpirings in Ravenna, a residential neighborhood in northeast Seattle.
Drop us a line if you see anything remotely interesting happening in the area. As a new blog with no readers, we certainly appreciate any and all help.
Since then we’ve covered townhouses driving down the street in the middle of the night, made a video of President Barack Obama’s motorcade driving through the neighborhood, toured a still under construction light rail station, provided live coverage of 12 events, and taken pictures of the mayor with a goat.
And since we started keeping track on May 31, 2010, the Ravenna Blog has been visited 204,182 times by 121,443 unique visitors.
Pretty darn good for a five-year-old, eh?
To celebrate this mighty neighborhood news site milestone, we’ve put together a bunch of ways readers can help make the next five years pretty darn good, too.
Gosh, we’d love to meet you. And share some cake with you.
On Thursday, August 15, from 5-7 PM, we’re holding an open house-style birthday party at Zeeks Pizza (2108 NE 65th St). There will be cake, pizza, free Ravenna Blog pins, a few of our new Kalevetica t-shirts for sale, a “News Tips” Jar for those who would like to make a donation to the site, and us!
Please be sure to RSVP to the party — we need to make sure there’s enough cake for all!
New “Support the Ravenna Blog” page
We’ve heard from regular readers for a while now that they’d like to help support the site in some way. We have advertising for local businesses available, but nothing in place for everybody else.
So, in honor of our five years (so far) of local news and events coverage, we’ve launched the Support the Ravenna Blog page.
We’ve come up with four ways that readers can help support the work of the Ravenna Blog:
1. Reoccurring support: “Subscribe” to the Ravenna Blog at a level that works for you and your household.
2. Flat donation: Make a one-time donation — tell us who you are or be anonymous.
3. Swag: We’ve taken five long years to come up with a t-shirt that (we believe) fits the spirit of this parking-strip-planting, modern-life-loving neighborhood — and you can be the proud owner of one.
4. Advertising: We love seeing local businesses represented on the site. And the Ravenna Blog averages 12,250 pageviews and 5,200 unique visitors a month, so these ads get seen.
But no matter what, dear reader, thank you for coming here. Thank you for the new tips, the questions, the pictures-from-the-scene, the “Why is that helicopter over my house?” inquiries, and all the words of encouragement. They have meant more than we can say.
We hope we have represented you well these past five years.