“If you are a regular visitor here to The Citizen you’ll know there have been some major changes going on, and there are more to come.
When we started this little adventure last year James and I knew that social media was here to stay. We just had to determine first of all, whether our ideas had a place there, and second of all, just where the heck that place was!
With your help, we have found a nice little niche where people can come and find out what’s going on in Cambridge, and talk about it in a mostly rational manner. We can showcase local artists and unique businesses, and most importantly, have a few laughs while we do.
Our page views are climbing steadily, and very quickly thanks to the election, and we are attracting a lot of new readers.
Now that we have found our place, we have to dig in, and give everyone a reason to keep coming back.. We have registered as a business and we own the domain cambridgecitizen.ca. We will be printing a quarterly magazine to showcase some of the great material here. The magazine will be distributed free through local businesses, festivals etc. (We may have a very big announcement regarding this)
The first issue is almost ready, we just need to sell enough advertising to print.
We now have two people working on this. Paulet is a local real estate agent, and Clayton has done ad sales for Synergy Corp. in Toronto for the last ten years, and they are confident we will have the money in no time.
All ads are both online and print, and are very reasonable. For more info contact [email protected]
Changes at the site
We have provided RSS Feeds to the local media on the left. We’ll leave writing to the journalists there, and we’ll talk about it here. We don’t want to copy stories that some hard working writer busted his ass to get. We’ll quote a story, and link out to the original source.
The donate button on the right is self explanatory. It costs money to run a site, upgrade widgets etc.
This also gives our advertisers the ability to pay online through PayPal or any major credit card, and we can invoice right away.
A future use we foresee for this is we will be able to sell books or CDs, for example, for local artists, directly here at the site. We will be able to embed a buy button directly in the story.
Event Calendar will be running in a few days.
Ad Rotators are working, I’m fine tuning it so the ads are linked to the business website and the titles are fixed.
New Cartoonist John Harvey is fitting in quite well, and feel free to offer him your ideas. (but be careful what you ask for, ask Hags!)
New Column Dr. Louise Langlais Dr. Langlais, a local veterinarian, will be answering questions for readers of The Citizen about their pets well being.
There’s a lot more but that’s enough for right now, I have a date in Lamebridge with Mr. Harper. Please leave your comments, ideas, suggestions etc. below.
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