This article contains opinion and/or editorial content.
The Pixel Anniversary?
The Lodi Valley Chronicle is a “living newspaper”, which means it evolves and adapts to changes in the environment. We officially launched six months ago1ed: I can’t believe I missed the anniversary! with an article explaining Why We’re Here.
In the past six months, we’ve grown and we’ve had some growing pains. We’ve informed, we’ve educated, we’ve entertained, and… we’ve annoyed. We’ve listened, we’ve invited, we’ve engaged, and we’ve spoken out.
We’ve become a newspaper.
I might get the by-line for most of the articles, but the credit goes to the community. I can’t report what I don’t know. And I can’t report accurately without people to educate me. Over the past 6 months, you’ve done that.
The Latest Tweaks
Based on what people have asked me, and how the site has been used, I’ve made a few minor tweaks.
- Obituaries have been removed from the main menu. We haven’t received any. If we do receive any, it will return to the main menu.
- Obits have been replaced by “Calendar” on the main menu.
- An agenda list of municipal events has been added to the left sidebar. This will help to inform you when various government boards and committees are holding meetings.
- A more complete calendar is available on the Calendar page. This includes community events–at least the ones I know about.
- If you want your community event to appear on the LVC calendar, create a Google Calendar and share it with us (if you don’t know how to do that, we’ll be happy to help–it’s free and easy). This gives you complete control over your calendar, and any event you list automatically gets posted to the Chronicle’s calendar.
- Social Media
- A little while ago, we began auto-posting to Twitter (@LodiValley). If you follow the Chronicle, you’ll get the stories in your feed as they’re posted.
- I know that a lot of people are on Facebook, but… I can’t. Facebook doesn’t believe I’m a real person and won’t allow me to create an account (despite previously having one for years). If you see an article that you like, or that you think people should read, please share it.
- If you want to comment on an article that’s been shared, consider commenting directly in the Chronicle. I run the Chronicle at a loss–because I believe that Lodi needs it. What keeps me going is the feedback I get from people when I’m shopping or gassing up the car or having a drink at the wine bar.
- If there’s another social media platform that you think is a good fit for the Chronicle, let me know. I’ll look into it. I want to get the news out to as many people as possible.
A Lodi native, Blaze attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he graduated with a degree in theatre technology & design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world–including a 6-year stint in China. He has been a teacher, a writer, a designer, and is the founder of the Redleaf Consulting Group.
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