My Edmonds News: Milestones
For those of you who are long-time My Edmonds News readers, did you know that the site was founded four years ago this month — Oct. 9, 2009, to be precise? How time flies.
I still remember attending my very first Edmonds City Council meeting, and how curious the councilmembers and then-Mayor Gary Haakenson were about what I was doing. That was back when online journalism was still very new, and the idea of being able to comment on — and discuss — stories on a news website was a novel idea.
One of the most helpful people, from the start, was Edmonds City Clerk Sandy Chase. Today, Oct. 31, is Sandy’s last day at the city, as she is retiring after 20 years. I was honored to write about her City of Edmonds career, but I just want to say how much I will miss her. One of the things Sandy mentioned when I interviewed her was how her job was such a balancing act, to be able to work with all different types of people — from citizens to elected officials to staff, regardless of political persuasion or ideology. I admire her for that ability, and I am committed to that same path, with the goal of providing a forum where a wide range of voices and opinions can be heard.
I figure we must be doing something right when I look at the results of the just-completed My Edmonds News reader survey. I had some respondents say that we have a liberal slant and others say that our coverage and columnists were too conservative. What I pledge to my readers is to make sure that all ideas count and are respected. The only exception to that rule is those who violate our code of conduct — online bullying and name calling is not allowed, and I do require commenters to use their full names.
I also want to acknowledge the many suggestions that survey respondents made, from site design to usability to news coverage. I will be considering each comment carefully and make appropriate adjustments whenever possible. I value your thoughtful ideas.
Finally, I have to sincerely thank all of those who have contributed to our success during the past four years. We have indeed grown, from 80 unique visitors to the site each day in October 2009 to nearly 4,000 today. We will hit 1 million page views by the end of this year — a remarkable milestone in the online world. I also want to express my appreciation for our incredibly talented list of contributors who provide photos and stories and video. We also have an amazing liaison to the business community in our advertising and marketing director, Maggie Peterson, and a terrific business partner in Peter Wilson, founder of Edmonds Deals. (Teaser alert — stay tuned for our unveiling Friday of the winners of the first-ever Best of Edmonds restaurants award.)
In closing, thanks again, from the bottom of my heart, for all you have done to make My Edmonds News “an online gathering place for neighbors and friends.”
Teresa Wippel, Publisher