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The Island is 2!

Submitted by on 1, February 25, 2010 – 6:00 am2 Comments

The Island is two years old today. And I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s invested their time, energy – and money – in us, and to share some news about what’s to come.

When I published those first Blogspot posts at the urging of one friend (thanks Patrick!) and to an audience of about five more (you know who you are), I had no idea that the site would grow into a daily news operation that is now visited by nearly 6,000 people a month. I’ve had the opportunity to learn a lot about what kind of news you all want and how to get it to you. And I’ve had the opportunity to connect with a lot of the really fantastic people who inhabit our community, and to offer the ongoing yarn that is Alameda’s story.

But moving forward into our third year, I’m here to tell you that this isn’t about me. It’s about you. So this year, I’ll be looking to broaden the voice of The Island so that it’s more representative of, well, the Island. To that end, we’ve been fortunate to find a number of new writers who have already made The Island a better place by offering their wit and expertise for your reading pleasure. And guess what? We’d like to include you, too. Here’s how:

First off, we’re going to be opening our doors to anyone who wants to submit a guest editorial for publication. They can be about important local topics or less serious stuff. All we ask is that they be unique and reasonably accurate – and that they’re 500 words or less. Interested? Inquire within.

Second, I wanted to announce that we’re seeking to set up an editorial board to guide editorial stances for the site as a whole. It’s important for any news organization to provide that guidance to their community on pressing local issues, and I think a group of people who are passionate (but not partisan) about the issues will provide something that’s much stronger than I can give you on my own. If you’re interested, inquire within.

And last, an appeal: We can’t do this without your help. Getting the news out to you is literally a full-time job. If you like what you’re getting, we’d appreciate it if you would support us by clicking on the subscription button in the box to your right. The money pays for basics like our web servers and domain names, and it pays our writers and columnists for their fine work.

And if you own a local business, you’ll notice that we offer advertising on the site. It’s cheap, it’s up there 24/7 and it can’t be thrown away. If you’re interested in finding out what we can offer you, inquire within.

You can always reach me with suggestions, news, tips, compliments, complaints and more at michele@theislandofalameda.com. And again, you have my heartfelt thanks for supporting The Island and look forward to working with you for another year.

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