Speaking of telling people you appreciate them … THANK YOU!

February 6, 2012 at 3:44 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle online | 18 Comments

The theme of our most widely circulated story this past week was – don’t miss an opportunity to tell people how much you love/appreciate them. We keep trying to find the right time to tell you exactly that, but there’s always one more story that needs to be written, one more e-mail to answer … but finally here in the middle of the post-Super Bowl night, we’re going to just stop and say: THANK YOU.

The occasion: January’s final numbers for WSB readership are in, and it was a record-setting month:

*First month ever with more than 1,100,000 pageviews (final total: 1,165,345 pageviews for January 2012)
*First month ever with more than half a million visits (final total: 500,844 visits for January 2012)

The previous WSB records were set last October, the first month ever with more than a million WSB pageviews, part of a big 2011 that we never just stopped down for a second to mention either:

*2011 WSB pageviews: 11,150,130 (up 20 percent from 2010)
*2011 WSB visits: 4,773,957 (a million more than the year before)

Most important are items for which we don’t have an exact count – the story tips, photos, traffic reports shared by phone, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter; the comments and forum posts (part of what led to the Society of Professional Journalists‘ 2011 “Online Engagement” award); the votes that brought WSB the “Best of Western Washington” award for a second year, and other honors including Seattle Magazine Reader’s Choice and “Best News Website” in the Seattle Weekly’s Seattle Web Awards.

We continue working in hopes of deserving your support, such as adding new features that were requested in our May 2011 survey (like the WSB West Seattle Restaurant Guide and the WSB Weather page). In progress now, we’re upgrading the Events Calendar from text-only to a true calendar with entries including maps, links, and a unique link for each entry so you can share it if you’d like (Speaking of sharing, we recently upgraded “Share This” – the link you can click at the end of any WSB story or page – and it’s a cleaner way to e-mail, Facebook-share, or tweet any WSB story or page, OR to access dozens of other sharing/bookmarking services if they are your fave/s). This is also our fifth year of being there for you on Facebook and Twitter too, and appreciative of your support and participation there, with the odometer about to turn to 6,000 “likes” on the FB page we launched last year after maxing out the original WSB “profile”-style page launched in 2007.)

So again … THANK YOU. And thanks to the local businesses that sponsor WSB, enabling us to stay in business coordinating, uncovering, and publishing community-collaborative news 24/7. Though we’re already well into 2012, it still feels shiny and new – maybe it’s the past few days of sunshine! – and we hope you share our optimism in looking forward to everything else it will bring. – Tracy & Patrick, co-publishers

18 Comments

  1. Tracy, Patrick, and ALL the people behind WSB, You are the perfect voice for the unique community that is West Seattle. You bring us together, keep us informed, and help us rally to lend a hand to a neighbor. I have been proud of West Seattle for over 60 years, and I am just as proud of our community blog. Thank you to each of you!

    Comment by SeaChanty51 — 5:55 am February 6, 2012 #

  2. Thank you. WSB has become an invaluable resource to the West Seattle community. We so appreciate all your hard work keeping us connected.

    Comment by stb — 6:36 am February 6, 2012 #

  3. You deserve congratulations. Your product is awesome. Your dedication is without equal. You are providing a valuable service to the community of West Seattle. Thank you for ALWAYS being there!!

    Comment by losarayas — 6:44 am February 6, 2012 #

  4. I cannot start my day without the blog. When traveling it is the very best way to stay in the loop. Negative side of the blog is when discussing something read on the blog and someone wants to know everything you know about the story and they are NOT blog readers!!!
    THANK YOU!!!

    Comment by Barb Vadakin — 8:30 am February 6, 2012 #

  5. Keep up the GOOD WORK & try and get more sleep in 2012!

    Comment by Aman — 8:42 am February 6, 2012 #

  6. You’re fabulous! <3

    Comment by cathyw — 9:10 am February 6, 2012 #

  7. I feel like half of those page views are mine! As someone who is newish to the area, the WSB has been an amazing resource and helped us feel like we were part of the community from the moment we arrived. My family really appreciates the effort you put in to keep us informed, entertained and connected. Kudos on all of your achievements and here’s to a wonderful 2012!

    Comment by Michelle R-R — 9:37 am February 6, 2012 #

  8. We continue working in hopes of deserving your support

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    Damn! And I thought I had insecurity issues! ;-)

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    Of course you’re deserving of our support, what with all you have done for this community in the last several years, and how you’ve brought it together.

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    I have to confess, that several years before WSB’s debut, I had become pretty cynical about people in general.

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    The way in which WSB brought the West Seattle community together, and those that have benefited from the kindness and generosity of the community, including myself, directly, and others that I have gotten to know in the nearly last nine months, has been immeasurable, and because of this, my faith in others has been greatly restored. The only thing that WSB has not helped me with, is how to avoid run-on sentences! ;-).

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    I know that WSB’s ongoing mantra is that they wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t for us readers/contributors. Of course that is very true, but, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; there would be no us, if it weren’t for you!

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    Congrats, and to thanks, Tracy, Patrick, (Not so)J(anymore)MoT, and all WSB contributors, and my WSB’er friends!

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    Mike

    Comment by miws — 9:42 am February 6, 2012 #

  9. Love, love, love the Blog. Thank you for what you do every day.

    Comment by Christine — 9:49 am February 6, 2012 #

  10. I am continually impressed with the journalistic excellence of the WSB. The breadth and depth and of information covered in the articles is truly impressive. Thank you West Seattle Blog for caring about this community and working hard for its success.

    Comment by DelridgeV — 10:22 am February 6, 2012 #

  11. I’m a news junkie. Especially politics, I follow political parties like people follow football teams. My point is, I know an excellent news organization when I see one and you WSB are excellent. Your coverage is well-rounded; it’s about our livelihood and our community, not about hidden agendas. You are excellent at what you do because you obviously care about our community and about journalistic integrity and professionalism. I’ve been with you since the start and you have been consistently accountable for your content. Your accuracy is unequalled in Seattle. One would think that you were located in an office building downtown with a staff of 50. From court rooms to festivals, you’re there, getting the story. And by the way, you’ve re-defined the word blog.

    Comment by RG — 10:29 am February 6, 2012 #

  12. We count on the Blog for news and staying connected with our community-you guys treat W.S. like your family and we feel supported as well as informed by the Blog!
    Wishing you much success as you move forward; grateful for all you do!

    Comment by Diane Venti — 10:31 am February 6, 2012 #

  13. You’re the first site I visit every morning and the last site I check before going to sleep. You’re such an integral part of our community and, while I don’t understand how you guys manage without sleep, I am truly thankful to have you as a source. Keep up the good work! :)

    Comment by RarelyEver — 1:05 pm February 6, 2012 #

  14. As I’ve said here before, I’m new to my I-phone, e-mail, and also am having too much fun checking WSB throughout the day. Learn SO much and the new businesses get probably the best coverage about their openings, with patronage being vital. What I’m wondering if anyone or Patrick & Tracy are interested in organizing a gathering/meet & greet of WSBer’s?!!! I’m dying to meet ( and put a face) to all the regular contributors behind their cute little monikers! I know”Facebook” exists, I’m just not into that and would rather meet and introduce and chat with flesh & blood humans ~ not behind a technology screen. Anyone else up for a fun ‘blogmeet

    Comment by KD — 1:30 pm February 6, 2012 #

  15. Anyone else interested in a fun ‘blog meet?’ Maybe make a casual fundraiser out of it!

    Comment by KD — 1:49 pm February 6, 2012 #

  16. Thanks to all for the kind words. I always hesitate to publish this kind of thing because it could come off as either bragging or fishing for compliments, neither of which is anywhere near our style, but when we occasionally mention it to people in person, their reaction leads us to realize that it’s unfair of us not to share the good news because really, it’s a result of EVERYBODY’s contribution, whether comments or news tips or photos or whatever, and you deserve also to know that the information you provide/share is reaching a LOT of people and therefore doing a lot of good.
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    KD – Folks in our forum organize gatherings from time to time. But those are wholly by and for them, so we stay out of it – they’ve had a fun little community (and some serious community activism too) going for about four years now. We may finally break our mold and actually have a WSB 5-year anniversary party by the time this fall rolls around (while the site was started in December 2005, we didn’t become a business/full-time news organization till fall 2007). – TR

    Comment by WSB — 3:06 pm February 6, 2012 #

  17. a community is nothing without it’s voice
    thanks for being the voice that allows this community to expand

    Comment by JoB — 7:45 am February 7, 2012 #

  18. WSB is essential for keeping in touch with the community. Nothing small-town or amateur about it, either. Tracy, Patrick et al., provide first-rate news coverage. So grateful for all you do. Next best thing to being there.

    Comment by WS expat — 9:35 am February 7, 2012 #

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