By Marianne Lincoln
August 14 of last year, I was sitting in the Starbucks near SR512 in Lakewood with Ben Sclair, Publisher of the Suburban Times. Ben and I grew up together on Shady Acres Airport, I even assisted his father with some of the work on their paper. Dave Sclair moved the paper to Lakewood. I told Ben we needed it back.
Ben agreed to assist me if I got stuck on any of the details starting up an on-line newspaper. Yes, there were a few questions, but by the 17th of August, the Pierce Prairie Post was on-line with its first article. Our first local story was covering the Garfield Street Fair which is once again coming up this weekend.
Within a week of starting, the Post had 573 views; a year later we’re at 50,000.
Our highest day ever just happened yesterday, 1253 views. The good news is that it just keeps getting better, more stories about your neighborhoods and photos of your events here, outside the boundary of Tacoma.
I have several new columnists. Jim Akers from the Summit-Waller Community Association sends me articles and crime watch data from Waller Road. Violette Wang is our intern from PLU. She works on stories about Parkland. Chuck Haviland, a local businessman from Spanaway, is contributing historical stories from his work on local history and will soon start a column on coin collecting. Local non-profit organizations have begun regularly contributing information to the Post through the email. The Bethel and Franklin Pierce School Districts, Pierce County and JBLM contribute information through their communications directors and Public Information Officers.
Since the Summit Waller Community Association donated the classy red Nikkon digital camera, the photos have improved significantly too. You will often see me out snapping shots of all of you at the events around the area.
Tonight I noticed a spray truck out on Pacific Avenue. This year we have also discovered that having a local press helps do some of the little things that need care. The local press gives us some clout we didn’t have before. They trimmed and are now spraying the noxious weeds that have grown up on the grassy swales the Department of Transportation built with the sidewalk project. I hope the Post can continue to be a big advocate for the needs of the community.
Today, we added a donation tab on the Home page. The Post is a division of the Spanaway Community Association which is a non-profit charitable community corporation, listed with the Secretary of State. You can access the paper to read it which cost, but we seriously appreciate your donations and advertisements. They help defray our costs.
Thank you to everyone, contributors and readers for helping make this a wonderful first year!