Thank you, Alameda
Why? Simply put, the site become too successful for my own good. From our humble beginnings as a blog that covered civic affairs on occasion that was read by a handful of people, we have grown into an independent, daily news source that offers breaking, feature and in-depth news stories, sports, real estate listings, events and more for an audience that this past month included more than 16,000 of you. As it turns out, managing all of that – three to five stories a day, calendar and real estate listings, advertising and more – ended up being more than one person could handle, even with the support of the amazing writers, editors and photographers who have chosen to offer their talents here.
Today, I want to offer my thanks to everyone who has supported The Island over these last few years, and for the amazing run we have had. I am extraordinarily grateful to everyone who read what we had to offer, and especially to those of you who supported our efforts by subscribing and advertising.
I am grateful for all of your comments and ideas, grateful to everyone who wrote for the site, grateful for all the lessons I have learned about what people truly desire from their local media. I am grateful for the opportunity to tell the story of Alameda, and for all of the truly amazing people I have met.
I’ve learned a lot about the place where I live (and the place I love), and about what kind of service people need their local media provide. These are lessons I will carry with me, for everything I do from here on out.
In the meantime, I look forward to spending more time in the community I’ve been talking about all these years (hello, Bladium!), and to finding new ways to help us thrive. I’m happy to answer your questions and to hear what you have to say. Feel free to drop me a comment or e-mail me, at michele@theislandofalameda. In the meantime I want to thank you, Alameda, for an amazing ride.