The power of social media continually amazes me. Thursday, I received a text message from my 22-year-old daughter, working in Washington, D.C., asking if I had seen the now-viral YouTube video about escaped llamas in Arizona. A few hours later, Facebook and Twitter were abuzz with opinions about The Dress (I see white and gold, in case anyone wants to know). And Friday morning, my Facebook feed was filled with messages from those mourning the death of Leonard Nimoy (the beloved Mr. Spock from my childhood days of watching “Star Trek”). I didn’t check any of my regular news sources about these reports; they came to me automatically — and electronically.
I invite you to get social with us, too, by following My Edmonds News on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It’s fun to see the likes and retweets on social media about the former Girasol restaurant finally reopening as a sandwich shop or Chanterelle now featuring a full-service bar. I especially enjoy providing live tweets during Tuesday night city council meetings — and those tweets should be especially interesting next Tuesday night when the council is scheduled to pick a new councilmember to fill Strom Peterson’s seat.
And if you have an Edmonds photo you’d like to share via Instagram, simply use the hashtag #MyEdmondsNews, and it will automatically appear on our home page.
Finally, I want to thank all of you who completed our recent reader survey. We had more than 200 respondents, and that means that we will be donating $1 for each of those responses among the following good causes: Cascade Symphony, Clothes for Kids, Edmonds Center for the Arts and the Foundation for Edmonds School District. Here’s a summary of key results that might interest you:
The percentage of readers who read My Edmonds News for:
Government/political news 77.99%
High school sports news 18.15%
Events calendar 69.88% 181
Arts news 57.53%
School news 24.71%
Opinion columns/Letter to the editor 64.48%
Traffic/ferry links 22.39%
Police/fire scanner 38.61%
To read the comments 55.21%
To make comments 14.29%
To read columns by regular authors 48.65%
People also listed a variety of other reasons for reading, and I’ve included my favorites:
“Snowy Owl news”
“To be informed by truly up-to-date local news.”
“I like to hear what’s going on from people I trust.”
“I’m in Arizona half the year. My Edmonds News helps me keep up on things happening at home.”
“To stay completely up to date about what is happening around me. Albeit digital, it reminds me of the small hometown newspaper from the 1970s.”
“My Edmonds News often has news of local events that is not covered by other outlets.”
“Makes me feel connected to the community!”
“I’m new to electric newspapers and I’m going to like it!!”
Finally, we asked how much readers would be willing to contribute on a monthly basis to support our efforts to provide up-to-the
minute local news, from a local news team. The results?
30.61% said they’d be willing to chip in $3 a month
22.04% offered to give $5 a month
47.35% responded nothing
It was heartwarming to learn that more than half those responding said they’d be willing to donate something regularly — and I’m including a link to the donation page where you can do just that. Please be assured that you can also donate via check if you don’t feel comfortable with online giving; the mailing address is also listed. Your donation will supplement the sponsorship support we receive from our local business community, and help us to meet our monthly expenses.
As always, it’s a privilege for me to connect our community with an online resource that they trust and rely on.
Until next time…