by Joey Crandall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to month 5 of the Carson Valley Times project. After putting our first quarter in the books, we took a long look at what we are doing, gathering as much feedback as we could, and spent the last month tinkering around with the Web site to (hopefully) make it better.
You’ll notice a few differences, particularly if you access the site via mobile device. Now if you scroll to the bottom of the screen on your phone, you’ll find the links to specific categories (Sports, News, Community, etc.) there. Previously, this wasn’t an option. So thanks for making your voice heard on that!
The other questions we’ve received overwhelmingly in the past month were along the lines of either “How do I subscribe?” or “How can I help?”
Very simply, you can’t subscribe. This is a free Web site and all of the content within is free. We considered setting up a “donate” button if you really wanted to pay for this service. But we scratched that idea.
And that brings about the answer to the second question. The best thing you can do to help the Carson Valley Times, and the most effective way to spend any money you would have otherwise spent subscribing with us, is to support our advertisers.
We made it a point on the front end to accept only local advertising. We felt for local businesses to compete in the internet market place, it just wouldn’t make sense for, let’s say, “Carl’s Shoe Shop” to be going up against Nike.com. So we have a number of local businesses that have graciously signed on to sponsor this endeavor. Frankly, we would not be able to thank them enough.
But if you’ve wondered how to best support what we are doing, it’s to support what they are doing. Take a look at the ads around this Web site and see if there are any services there you can put to use. We like seeing services stay local. We like seeing jobs stay local. We like seeing money stay local.
And, as always, if you have suggestions for this Web site, PLEASE let us know. This only ever gets better with your help. If you see something that could be done better here, it’s very possible it’s just a click away. Just this week, we had someone ask if we could make it easier to share articles via e-mail.
Honestly, it hadn’t occurred to me previously to examine that, but it ended up being a three-click process and now we have e-mail and print buttons on each article.
As we’ve said from the beginning, this is a fluid endeavor. We want to be continuously receptive and reactive to your thoughts, ideas and criticism. Otherwise, this will become a pretty monotonous outlet!
That being said, look for a high of 65 today, climbing all the way to 70ish tomorrow. Then the bottom drops out and we’re back into the 40s and 50s.
Also, do not forget to set your clocks back on Saturday night. Or do. One year, I was so attached to the idea of the extra hour of sleep, I flat out didn’t set my bedroom clock back until January. The alarm would go off at 7 every day, I’d wake up and think “It’s really only 6” and then get my extra hour of sleep. I was 23, and at the time it seemed brilliant.
That’s a full lid for this morning. Take care out there and have a great day!