From the Publisher’s Desk: Pardon our virtual dust

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Teresa Wippel

Eight and a half years ago, I launched My Edmonds News with the goal of creating an online gathering place for people who live, work or visit here. The original site was simple. There was no customized design. No advertising. just me, my laptop and some basic technology skills.

Today, after going through several site redesigns over the years — including the acquisition of sister sites in Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace — plus a few different web hosts and numerous tweaks, I have decided to make a serious investment in major site improvements. Much of that won’t be visible to our readers, but the goal is to strengthen the underlying infrastructure so that the site loads quickly and there is little to no downtime.

What our readers may experience from time to time is some temporary glitches, and for that I apologize. For example, we are currently having issues with our commenting system. I recognize that the ability to comment — and read the comments of others — is a major draw for our readers and we are continuing to troubleshoot that issue.

There likely will be other glitches in the coming days and weeks, but I want to assure you that our long-term goal is to create a more stable, user-friendly website.

And let’s talk about that investment. It is significant, and it reaffirms my commitment that I will be providing an online news source in our community for many years to come. But as always, I can’t do it without your help.

We value the support of our advertisers and I encourage you to patronize them every chance you get. Tell them you saw their ad here. It makes a difference.

Two of our photographers — Julia Wiese and Larry Vogel — at work.

We are also very grateful for those readers who recognize that they have a stake in what we do. I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: Providing you with local news seven days a week — produced by professional journalists, editors and photographers — isn’t free.

I’ve made a commitment for the long haul, to continue providing this community resource. Will you stand beside me and do the same? We welcome a voluntary subscription of any amount — one-time, weekly, monthly or annually. You can do that here.

Thanks, as always, for your support.

Teresa Wippel, Publisher

 

 

 

4 Replies to “From the Publisher’s Desk: Pardon our virtual dust”

  1. Thank you for your dedication to a very challenging service to our community. I hope all readers will support you by action and financially.

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  2. …For example, we are currently having issues with our commenting system. I recognize that the ability to comment …

    Theresa, My Email “printout” has been impacted since my “comment” on MEN April 4th edition …re the …”historic B17 flight” ! Maybe YOu… maybe ME… initiated the “problem”. At any rate I hope I can resolve this SMALL printout on ALL of my Emails before I lose my eyesight! Any suggestions to resolve this issue will be appreciated! A computer “guru” I’m not! Oh… and BTW… I totally appreciate MEN. Thank you!

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